Charley Burns of LegalFunnel
LegalFunnel helps lawyers meet and engage with targeted clients through efficient lead generation and personalized online branding.
What attracted you to FlashStarts?
I have always been interested in entrepreneurship, and I love starting new things and managing multiple projects at once. I heard about the opportunity from one of my professors who reached out to me after reading my blog. I am very passionate about business and all things Cleveland—it’s where I’m from! Being here is a great blend of my new business degree (marketing from Cleveland State University) and being in my hometown. I’m the kind of person looking for something new to start, and FlashStarts offered that. I also applied as intern, and when I met with Charles, he approached me to collaborate with him on an idea after he learned more about my background, and here I am!
What are you currently working on with LegalFunnel?
Right now, I am in progress of finishing the MVP for my first two beta clients. I am also ramping up my PR strategy in preparation for the launch of their sites.
What surprised you about this experience at FlashStarts?
Starting a business is a lot easier than I thought it was! The collaborative environment in the office helps making this experience much easier than I thought it would be. Honestly, in college I hated group-work, but the talented and efficient people I work with make me love it.
What’s the biggest challenge you’ve encountered thus far?
It has been struggling learning how to prioritize effectively. I am very strong at time management, but strategically managing what needs to get done first is hard. I have one hundred things that I need to do, but I need to figure out what needs to be done right away, and what could be done later.
What do you like most about working here?
Charlie and Jen are great mentors who have great business knowledge. They really give you free rein to develop your ideas, which I have found to be very effective—it’s the best way to learn entrepreneurship (by doing it yourself!). You might fail a few times, but you move on.