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According to ZipRecruiter, as of Jan 27, 2019, the average hourly pay for the Freelance Paralegal jobs category in the United States is $27 an hour. While ZipRecruiter is seeing hourly wages as high as $53.61 and as low as $8.65, the majority of wages within the Freelance Paralegal jobs category currently range between $18 (25th percentile) to $30 (75th percentile) across the United States. The average pay range for a Freelance Paralegal job varies…
For most paralegals, the deciding factor for going virtual is flexibility and work-life balance. Anyone who has been successful in this business knows that operating a business does not have set hours even after the virtual doors have been closed. Depending on how busy you are, you may be able to complete your paralegal assignments at the end of the day but your nights and weekends may be filled with the demands of running a…
I have read an article where it stated that a niche practice is best because you cannot try to be all things to all people. My initial reaction was nodding my head in the motion of yes; then I quickly realized how funny that statement would be to most paralegals whether or not they were working in general practice or a specialized area. That is exactly who we are; all things to all people. How…
 Marketing is the process of planning and executing the conception, pricing, promotion, and distribution of services to create and maintain relationships that will satisfy your clients. Before you start your marketing, it is important that you determine your target clients. Decide whether you are going to target your competitors’ clients or existing clients that have not used your services in a while. Marketing should be done on a consistent basis even if you have a…
The industry is saturated with virtual businesses whereas virtual assistants out shines virtual paralegals; so, why would you want to add the word “virtual” to your business name? Isn’t it the goal to stand out among your competitors and not blend in? When the term “virtual” first came about, most virtual paralegals and assistants had to explain what it means to their clients. Today it is a well-known term and most attorneys and law firms…
  The type of structure available to you will depend on the law of your state, and as used, must of course conform to any applicable rules of professional responsibility. It is therefore important to research your state law and governing ethical rules before making your final decision. You may also want to consult with an attorney and an accountant to fully understand all of the implications for your firm. Types of Legal Structures Sole Proprietorship The sole…
  Before launching any type of business; you must conduct market research to find out if there is a demand for your practice areas and a need for your services.  Some practice areas are primarily offered by large law firms and are rarely provided by sole practitioners, small law firms and in-house legal departments. Doing your due diligence can mean the difference between success and failure, and it doesn’t have to cost you a penny.…
Virtual Paralegals are contract, independent or freelance paralegals qualified by education, training or work experience who are employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency or other entity and who performs specifically delegated substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible on an as needed basis with such services being supplied through the use of technology and remote access systems. What are the legal restrictions for starting a virtual paralegal business? Virtual paralegals are…
In a research report, it is predicted that by 2018, online working including virtual assistant services will be worth $5 billion as the demand for online virtual work continues to grow. So why aren’t attorneys and law firms hiring virtual paralegals?  Law firms and attorneys seem to be comfortable using virtual assistants in their legal practice but have been hesitant to work with virtual paralegals.  One can conclude that the “virtual”; aspect is not the…
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