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Name: Elizabeth Potts Weinstein

Business: EPW Small Business Law PC, small business law

Industry: Other — Legal 

Location: San Francisco, California, U.S.

Reason for starting: I started my law firm because I saw a huge gap in the legal world, where many small business owners couldn’t find the help they needed. At the same time there are lawyers who want to help people (and make money) but can’t necessarily find a job that fits their integrity and lifestyle.

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How do you define success? Success is living the life you want, on a day to day basis. I have my own business on my own terms, running it out of my home, homeschooling my kid during the week and traveling to national parks on the weekends. Yes, I still have more goals and other bits I want to add to my life, but overall, I’m happy.

Biggest Success: My biggest success has been raising a kindhearted, conscientious, creative, fun kid.

What is your top challenge and how have you addressed it? My top challenge is being a small business owner and a homeschooling single mom, all at the same time. I handle it by being super picky about what I *don’t* do (no TV, don’t follow sports, don’t watch the news, no clubs or events), using technology to streamline my work and life, and designing a strict schedule. But my biggest life management tip is that I don’t do any client work on the weekend (don’t even answer email). This has changed my health radically and increased my overall productivity.

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Who is your most important role model? I don’t really use role models, but if I had to pick someone, it would be my smart and tenacious grandmother, who raised three kids on her own, working two to three jobs to support them.

Twitter   @elizabethpw 

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