NMEU 21 – Alison Colley – The Online Solicitor

Alison Colley talks about being an online solicitor, her first podcasting journey, and connecting with other podcasters through conferences and meet ups....

Alison Colley
Alison Colley likes to think of herself as “a solicitor with a difference”. She comes from a traditional background of working in legal practice but a little over a year ago, she set up her own firm with the aim of providing employment law advice in a different way.

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Top Quotes from Alison Colley:

  • “As long as I’m available on the end of an email or the telephone or Skype, then I could take my business everywhere.”
  • “I’m not, say, worried about the blurring of the lines I guess.” [on keeping her hobby podcast separate from her business podcast]
  • “Not all clients appreciate some humor at times.” [on having a more serious tone for her business podcast]
  • “The content and the people that you meet is just so valuable when you’re trying to run a business.”
  • “Just meeting people on a day-to-day basis who are all trying to do the same thing as you is invaluable.” [on attending the New Media Europe conference]
  • “The meetups really help to get those relationships going in between the main conferences.”
  • “To be able to travel and work and maintain the business at the same time is the ultimate goal.”


Key Timestamps:

  • [spp-timestamp time=”00:30″] – Host Mike Russell introduces and welcomes the episode’s guest, Alison Colley
  • [spp-timestamp time=”01:07″] – Alison shares the different way she shares legal advice as an online solicitor
  • [spp-timestamp time=”02:18″] – How Alison uses new media for her business
  • [spp-timestamp time=”02:45″] – On getting her podcast up and running for UKPod14
  • [spp-timestamp time=”03:45″] – Alison talks about the topics she tackles in her podcast
  • [spp-timestamp time=”04:36″] – Locations where Alison has listeners
  • [spp-timestamp time=”05:22″] – How Alison got started with podcasting and what it has done for her business so far
  • [spp-timestamp time=”06:38″] – Alison’s top 3 podcasts
  • [spp-timestamp time=”08:20″] – New media tools that Alison uses on a daily basis
  • [spp-timestamp time=”10:37″] – The evolution of her skills as a podcaster and the quality of her podcast
  • [spp-timestamp time=”12:20″] – Alison talks about how her first podcast gave her the confidence to start a business podcast
  • [spp-timestamp time=”13:11″] – How Alison keeps her fun podcast separate from her business podcast
  • [spp-timestamp time=”14:47″] – What made Alison decide to attend the New Media Europe conference
  • [spp-timestamp time=”16:02″] – On meeting other people who are also trying to build an online business
  • [spp-timestamp time=”16:34″] – People that Alison is looking forward to seeing or hearing speak at the New Media Europe conference
  • [spp-timestamp time=”17:16″] – On travelling and having a life similar to Natalie Sisson’s
  • [spp-timestamp time=”17:55″] – Where to find Alison online
  • [spp-timestamp time=”18:29″] – Mike thanks Alison and wraps up the show

Find Alison online!

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Mike is co-founder of New Media Europe - obsessed with everything new in media and technology. He's also a founder of audio production company Music Radio Creative.