Do Something! Really!

The most common question I get is “Vickie, what’s the first thing I need to do after I’ve passed my CLNC® Certification Exam?” When they ask, I know they’re looking for that magical laundry list for becoming a successful CLNC® consultant.

Frankly, I really don’t care what you do first. Really! When someone is successful, it’s not because they took the right first step, it’s because they took a first step and then a second step and a third. If someone isn’t successful, it’s usually not because they did everything wrong – it’s usually because they didn’t do much of anything at all.

I really mean it when I say I don’t care what you do first – just as long as the first thing you do is something BIG every day for your Certified Legal Nurse Consulting business. The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step – so does every successful legal nurse consulting business.

Step lively. I’m just sayin’,

P.S. Comment and share what first step you took today.

2 thoughts on “Do Something! Really!

  1. I wanted to ask the question about getting all the business licenses and all the tax IDs etc before getting to work on my new CLNC® business. What I have done is work out my first letter to all my attorney contacts. This I thought was the most important. After that I can work on the details of the business stuff. I want to get going on getting cases and the money coming in. I have been studying about this great CLNC® business and I just want to get going. Thanks for the great advice of just taking one action step a day no matter what it is… You are right, the other stuff will work itself out, just act, we are nurses and we know what to do, We are Nurses and We Can Do Anything!®

    1. The first thing to do is to develop a business plan, and for a beginner the most important aspect of it is your marketing plan. Refer to the module on “Developing a Marketing Strategy” in the Core Curriculum for Legal Nurse Consulting® textbook. If you have completed the NACLNC® Apprenticeship, refer to “Marketing Apprenticeship for the Certified Legal Nurse ConsultantCM.” Your accountant will be the best person to help you set up your tax ID.

      Some additional small business resources include:

      • Small Business Administration (SBA).

        The SBA is a great source for new small business owners. The SBA can typically address or direct you to available resources for questions you have regarding business structure, vendors in your community and other business start-up issues.
      • SCORE (

        SCORE is a free mentoring service provided for small business owners.
      • Chamber of Commerce.

        Your local Chamber of Commerce is a great resource for you to find events specific to your marketing needs in your community. Ask for a calendar of events for different types of professionals and seek out the ones where you can meet attorneys and people who know attorneys.

      Jeff, congrats and I look forward to hearing of your CLNC® Success.

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