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Nothing But The Ruth!

Nothing But the Ruth by Ruth Carter

Non-Binary Lawyering: What’s Courtroom Attire?

You may not realize how much of everyday life is focused on, or divided by, the idea that there are only two genders. This makes my life complicated.

Ruth Carter - August 9, 2018
Nothing But the Ruth by Ruth Carter

Killing Marketing for Lawyers

My copy of Robert Rose's latest book, "Killing Marketing," is filled with underlined passages and notes in the margins about how I can apply its lessons to my law practice. Robert, Chief Strategy Officer for the Content Marketing Institute and ...

Ruth Carter - July 10, 2018
Nothing But the Ruth by Ruth Carter

Flat Fee or Hourly? Pros and Cons of Billing Options

I’ve been practicing law for nearly seven years, both as a solo and with a firm. During this time, I’ve tried different billing arrangements with varying degrees of success and learned plenty of lessons (often about what not to do). Here is my ...

Ruth Carter - June 20, 2018
Nothing But the Ruth

Lawyers and Vacations: It’s a Necessity

I haven't taken a vacation in over two years. In 2016, I took my dog Rosie to Flagstaff, Arizona, for a few days. We relaxed in front of the fire at our Airbnb and I spent an afternoon at a ropes course. It was so wonderful to have a break from ...

Ruth Carter - May 17, 2018
Nothing But the Ruth

Blogging for Search Results Domination in Your Niche

If you’re wondering whether blogging helps with your search engine results, it does. Here’s what happened when I started blogging about a new law. My goal was to break this law down into the elements that businesses need to know about and ...

Ruth Carter - April 19, 2018
Nothing But the Ruth by Ruth Carter

Scott Sigler’s Productivity Secrets: Creating a System

Lawyers are essentially professional writers. Last year, I saw my friend and New York Times best-selling author Scott Sigler speak at Phoenix Comicon about how he managed to be a prolific writer and handle the business side of being a ...

Ruth Carter - March 26, 2018
Nothing But the Ruth

How Do You Combat Mental Gremlins?

I have a group of mental gremlins that live in my head. Other people I know call their gremlins “the girls” or “the committee.” These are the voices in my head that tell me I suck at everything. Do you have a name for yours? When my gremlins ...

Ruth Carter - February 27, 2018
Nothing But the Ruth

When to Raise Your Rates

How do you make more money? The two obvious ways are work more hours or charge more money. Toward the end of last year, I was debating whether I should raise my rates and, if so, by how much. I had not raised my rates for client work in three ...

Ruth Carter - January 15, 2018
Nothing But the Ruth

What’s Your Theme Word for 2018? Looking Back and Looking Ahead

This time last year, many of us were anxious for 2016 to end. But instead of smooth sailing ahead, I feel like the universe started 2017 by saying, “Hold my beer” and it has spun chaos ever since. During the past month, I’ve been looking back ...

Ruth Carter - December 28, 2017
Nothing But the Ruth

Disrespectful Clients Don’t Get to Stay Clients

You know what feels good? Firing a client. My firm was hired to help a client with multiple applications for registering their intellectual property. We tell every client there’s no guarantee that we’ll be able to get them everything they ...

Ruth Carter - November 15, 2017