2021 Business Planning Mode

I don’t have to tell you that, in 2020, the global pandemic threw nearly every plan imaginable out of whack. I began the year in my last semester at Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) in the Paralegal Technology program, which is approved by the American Bar Association (ABA). I was preparing my resume and imagining myself in job interviews.

Then, wham!, everything changed.

On the upside, the extra time in my post-graduation schedule allowed for plenty of time to study for the North Carolina State Bar‘s Certified Paralegal exam, which I passed in October.

On the downside, with courts closed across the state, jury trials on hold, and law firms understandably unsure what the future held, the job hunt was brutal.

But, I have been here before.

In 2009, when I graduated from UNC Charlotte with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies/ Mass Media, and a minor in Journalism, our society was in the grips of the Great Recession. Since I had begun freelance writing a couple years before, and had come up with the idea for The Word Trade (get it — trading words for dollars?) the year before in an independent study class, I decided to strike out on my own as an independent journalist. And so I did.

It wasn’t until Feb. 2019, after receiving a death threat and, frankly, just being completely over online trolls in general, that I decided to retire from journalism for sanity’s sake. And that is when I enrolled at CPCC.

So, after six months torturing myself with the job hunt — I did receive a couple offers that weren’t good fits — I decided to revamp The Word Trade.

As a small business owner, large project manager, and investigative journalist who was never afraid of long-term, multifaceted “cases,” I’ve faced many of the challenges solo- and small law firm attorneys face as business owners: hiring/firing, public relations, marketing and PR, bookkeeping, dealing with contractors, online security and on and on.

I want to help take the overwhelm out of being a small-firm owner by helping attorneys around the small business learning curve.

So, here I am. And here we go. Introducing: Legal Word Trade.

In terrific news, I’ve already signed a couple clients and a few classmates are interested in joining me as contract paralegals in this new-ish, wild world of remote legal services.

So, stay tuned for I’ve got much, much more planned for the near- and long term.

Legal Word Trade logo

Published by Rhiannon Fionn-Bowman

Freelance N.C. Certified Paralegal, digital court reporter, and communications consultant. Retired journalist. Organic gardener. Crochet aficionada. Cat mom who grows the best catnip.

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