Working from home is nice, but having an actual office leads to success.
- Meeting clients. There is no way you will host clients in your living room. Depending on what type of law you practice, you might be able to go to them—meet at their house or meet at a coffee shop. If you only do criminal law, you might be able to get by on just meeting at the courthouse. There will come a point, however, when you really wish you could just have a client come to the office.
- Getting work done. I go back and forth between working mostly at home, or mostly in the office. Sometimes I am extremely effective at home during the day when the house is empty—no human interaction means less distraction. It can also be incredibly boring. Working in the office can help you focus on the task at hand, but offices are also littered with distractions. When push comes to shove, when work needs to get done, your office should always provide a place to slave away.
- Co-workers as resources. Sure, they can be distracting, but when you need a question answered, it is much easier to walk down the hall and ask someone, as opposed to picking up the phone or sending an email. Co-workers or office-sharers will also refer business your way when they see you on a daily basis.
- Rent is cheap. The housing market is flooded right now, so space is cheap. If you can afford to rent now, you should be able to get a good deal on a nice place. Putting your name on a lease will force you to grow your practice—that new rent is not going to pay itself. If you think you are ready to take the plunge—go for it!
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