Susan Cartier Liebel at Build a Solo Practice blog and Solo Practice University answers a letter from a prosecutor with the Department of Justice, who asks: Should I Leave My Six-Figure Job For Solo Practice?
I am a prosecutor with the Department of Justice. I've been at it for 6 years, and prior to that was at the state AG's office for 6 yrs … and the list goes on.
Basically I have been practicing for about 16 1/2 years. I've considered going out on my own off and on for many years but fear has held me back. I have a very decent salary well over $100,000 and the thought of starting my own practice in this economy scares the heck out of me. But.. I am really unhappy working on somebody else's schedule and just really not caring or being passionate about my job. I feel completely removed from the reason that I went in to law - which is to help people.
I'm just wondering is it really a foolish idea to consider opening my own practice in this economy? I'm interested in domestic law and wills and estates.