Is there anything that can truly be said to be a ‘recession-proof industry’? Ask most people and they’ll point towards the legal profession. No matter how bad things get out in the real world, injury lawyers in particular seem to be doing rather well. But a closer look at the industry shows that even here, the recession has made its presence felt and that competition in the legal profession is fierce, even for those who have been in the business for a long time.

At a time when money is tight, it’s tempting to start cutting costs and one of the first expenses to go is usually training. However, training is an essential cog in driving a business forward successfully, and to leave it out of the equation could be a costly mistake.

Worth Its Weight In Gold…

Good training can be worth its weight in gold, especially if it opens up a new area of business for your firm. Take for example, a legal firm that specialises in conveyancing. The recession will most definitely have had an impact on their business, as the housing market is practically at a standstill at the moment. Times are hard for conveyancing solicitors, so do you ride out the economic storm and hope that the softer-than-a-marshmallow housing market suddenly firms up again, or do you diversify into another area? The obvious answer is to diversify, and that’s where personal injury training and in-house legal training could mean the difference between surviving the recession…or falling by the wayside.

By opening up new avenues of opportunity, you are consolidating your existing market position at the same time as pushing forward into new areas. By showing your existing clients that you are willing to diversify into other areas, you are demonstrating your firm’s proactive approach and a more flexible business model. Flexibility is going to be a byword for success in the future, and to ensure you take full advantage of that you will need to be willing to adapt and even retrain if necessary.

While cutting your training budget may seem to be the right decision in the short term, in the long term it could be an expensive mistake that stops you from not only surviving the recession, but also growing your business. Moving into other markets does not mean abandoning your core business – it means adapting and increasing your skills set to provide your clients with the best and most comprehensive service. It can also fulfil your commitment to continuous personal development requirements and take your business into new and exciting areas that you would have missed out on otherwise.

You can train your way out of recession, but the decisions you make as to what type of personal training you undertake can play a big part in how successful you are, and how much of a return you get on your training investment. So choose carefully and do your research – pick training agencies that offer a bespoke service that is flexible, current and takes into account your existing business model.

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