It's been consistent over time: About 49% of lawyers who practice in the U.S. are solos.
You invested heavily in that career path. You may even love the law. The rub is that it is difficult to make a living wage. Some solos who really hustle only net about $30,000 a year. There is no reason to close up shop. But there is pressure to bring in more income to keep the wolf from scratching at the door.
One way to do that is to what so many of us in the creative and academic professions have had to embrace: multiple sources of income.
That can take many forms. For example, you can manage property, on the side. That's an ideal fit since so much of that involves legalities.
Another growing opportunity is researching and producing content about legal matters. Those needing those services have been burned. In the beginning of Internet times they assumed that any content provider could produce the kinds of communications they need. Now they are finding that a law background is required. Even a year of law school may be sufficient. But the general writer just can't cut it.
Much of that work is available on a telecommuting basis. Solos can find the help wanted on:
Craigslist under "writing" and "marketing." Key in "Craigslist - cities." Go to all major metro areas such as Chicago and Los Angeles.
Mediabistro.com - Jobs
UpWork (charges 10% on your gross revenue)
FlexJobs (has a subscription fee)
A third option is to create paid instructional seminars on skills such as learning to think and talk like a lawyer.
A fourth is tutoring for standardized tests such as the LSAT. In some regions there is paid training and then $100 an hour.
None of these are mutually exclusive. You can do one, two, three, four or more. During the worst of The Great Recession, I operated my communications boutique, was a part-time contract writer for AOL, filled in at call centers, and edited personal essays for those applicants to U.S. universities for whom English was a second language.