When it comes to the law business, pop culture still really hasn't caught up with reality. Most movies and television programs still depict all lawyers as well-to-do and/or well-off, financially. However, in the real world, lawyers span the gamut, financially, and many work two jobs.
For those attorneys that need, or just want, a little extra money on the side, finding a smart side hustle might just lead to more money in your legal practice too. While working as a food server or gas station attendant might not be the most ringing endorsement for your law practice, there are plenty of other options, and it's all about attitude and how good you are at selling yourself and what you do.
Getting Started Smart
For small firm associates, one of the smartest things you can do before you start any side hustle is to check your firm's policies. You may find that certain types of work, usually other legal work, will not be permitted. But other types of employment will usually be okay, so long as it does not interfere, or pose a conflict, with your employment for the firm.
If you run your own practice, you need to keep in mind that your practice will be built upon your reputation. If you can make your side hustle something that helps the community around you, or gives you some visibility doing something positive, it can really pay off. Keep in mind though, that it is essential that any side hustle you engage in does not reflect poorly on yourself, but as mentioned above, it's all about how you present yourself.
Enjoy Your Side Hustle
One of the best ways for lawyers to actually get clients is to simply network, meet people, and be social and genuine. If you can find a way to get paid while doing something you genuinely enjoy and you can network in that industry, then why not? All you need is a solid elevator speech prepared that explains that you're a waiter, landscaper, legal blogger, or whatever else, as well as an attorney because it's a quirky/interesting/fun thing you like to do.
Want to mow lawns over the summer to earn some extra cash? No problem. Just be sure to tell all your lawn mowing clients, if you even get the chance, that you're also a lawyer and do the yard work because it's satisfying to work with your hands outside, because you do all that other office work.