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True solo practitioners work entirely alone -- no lawyers, no staff, no kidding.
The true solo is a one-person operation. It requires at a minimum: a lawyer, a laptop, a smartphone, and usually a car and court clothes.
Solos can have an office and all the accoutrements, too, but they stop being true solos when they take on others. Is that a bad thing?
True Solo Pluses
You don't have to worry about employee-related expenses when you go sans workers. That could include:
No employees, no disgruntled employees either. Shannon Achimalbe, a true solo, said when she had an overflow of work, she "always found a way to make the time to do everything myself."
And it works for some people, especially those who want to do everything themselves. Some people are born to work alone.
True Solo Cons
The big cons for true solos are variations of the same problem -- being there for clients whenever they need you. You need a back-up plan when:
In reality, or at least in good literature, no man is an island. You can keep your "true solo" badge, but everybody needs somebody -- at least in good music.