Who is Natalie Hamzeh, could you please introduce yourself?
I am a humble licensed lawyer in the Province of Ontario. I was called to the Bar in 2016 and have been practicing on my own ever since. I decided to be a lawyer early on in life and wanted to help as many people as I could. I specialize in Real Estate, Corporate/Commercial, and Will & Estate matters. I also used to own and operate a business named NatBarPrep, where I trained and prepared hundreds of aspiring lawyers for the Ontario Bar Licensing Examinations. I, therefore, posses legal knowledge on most areas of law, but choose only to practice in the noted practice areas above.
What is your business and when did you start?
I am the Founder of The Law Boutique. My Firm was established in the spring of 2016. I was previously practicing using my own personal name of Natalie Hamzeh Barrister & Solicitor, but have now incorporated and using the brand The Law Boutique. We continue to pride ourselves for our outstanding service and reasonable priced services.
What inspired you to start your business?
Passionate about the field of law and wanted to have my own practice so that I could operate the way that I think law should be operated.
What were the challenges in the initial stages of your business and how did you overcome them?
Challenges I faced when I started were competing with larger firms or more established firms, while trying to build my client base. Clients tend to choose a business based on its reviews and word-of-mouth, none of which are established at the onset. Patience is a virtue!
What motivates you about your business?
Positive reviews from people always makes me motivated to keep going.
What advice would you give to other entrepreneurs?
Follow your intuition and don’t give up. Find what is unique about you and what you can provide to your customers.
Interesting fact most of the people do not know about you?
I decided to be a lawyer at the age of 6 and never deviated from my plans.
The best business advice I ever received was…
to be patient and spend money to make money!
My definition of success is…
having as much brand awareness among my community.
If I could go back in time when I started my business, I would tell myself to…
commit to more networking opportunities.
Three books I recommend for entrepreneurs are…
“Shark Tales: How I Turned $1,000 Into a Billion Dollar Business” by Barbara Corcoran
“The Glitter Plan: How We Started Juicy Couture for $200 and Turned It Into a Global Brand” by Pamela Skaist-Levy and Gela Nash-Taylor
“Body and Soul: Profits With Principles” by Anita Roddick
My personal tagline is…
“Lawyers You Can Trust”