What was legal department budgeting like in your first few years at Wattpad?
In my first year at Wattpad, I got handed a budget. My second year I took a hands-off approach and I paid for it and it was only my third year, which was, I finally figured out how to do it properly. So, if anyone on this panel is new to it or in a new role, reach out to your peers.
How early would you recommend reaching out to your peers?
I wish I had done it earlier. Um, because you know, you're, you're treated as a as a function like everyone else and expected to know what to do, but lawyers don't usually know what to do.
Do you have any advice for lawyers creating a budget for the first time?
If you're a lawyer and you're used to using word processing programs, you better get familiar with Google sheets because that's also a training that lawyer's don't often have. Eeverybody works off the same kind of spreadsheets. They're not gonna say oh, you're a lawyer. You're going to do your, your budgeting in Word.