If you know me, or read the small print under my picture, you know that music blogging is a hobby, and that my real work is as an attorney. Being a lawyer is something that I wanted to be ever since I was a kid, probably because my dad was one, and he seemed to enjoy the hell out of it. He also explained to me that being a lawyer meant that you could learn something new every day.
He was right–that is probably one of the best things about being a lawyer–over my career, I’ve learned about many different industries, met lots of interesting people, and for a pretty long time, made reasonably good money. The best period of my career, I think, was when I worked in-house at a large financial services company. I took the job, kind of hoping to find that elusive position that I could work and grow at until I retired. Sadly, not too long after I joined, the company sold off the part that I worked for, and my position was eventually going to be eliminated. I could have stuck around, waiting for another in-house position, and many of my friends and co-workers did that. Some of them got them, some didn’t, and even those who did often moved around, as consolidation and the changes in the legal and financial services industries eliminated jobs.
I was offered the chance to move to a successor of the small law firm I had worked for before going in-house, and it seemed like a good opportunity. Ultimately, though, I was not happy, and left to start my own practice. I worked as a solo practitioner, in a home office. I learned how to set up all of the technology needed, do my accounting and bookkeeping, and how to practice law without paralegals, associates, mail room and copy guys, etc. And I learned how to try to get business.
It was fun being my own boss, working in casual clothing, being able to work at my own pace, watch TV or listen to music, or cook, or do errands during the day without answering to anyone.