Why You Need An Office

lawofficeWorking from home is nice, but having an actual office leads to success.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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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  1. Avatar John Allison says:

    This makes absolute sense.

    There are times when I am cranking out work at home, and times when I have to get away from the house.

    Co-workers from what I’ve experienced fall into 3 roles: muse, chap, and distractor.

    The muse helps me get my head around concepts that I struggle to figure out. They offer a different perspective when I become myopic.

    The chap is a friend. Great for blowing off steam because of a difficult client, or office drama.

    Lastly, the distractor, a person, whether with or with out intent, keeps you from getting work done. Usually they are looking to you to be their muse or chap. Good co-workers figure out when they have crossed that threshold. Others need a polite reminder.

    Great Post, Thanks.

  2. Avatar Leanna says:

    I also like having an office because it sends the message to the Universe “I’m here to stay.” When I started my practice, I had an office half time. I thought I would work from home the other days, but it never happened. Soon, I had the chance to move to a much nicer office, full time, twice the rent. I was a little nervous, but I knew that when I was serious about my practice, the world would take me seriously. My practice immediately grew. Since then, each time I’ve gotten new office space, my practice has grown to more than keep up with the increased expenses. And the people I share space with have only made by business better.

  3. Avatar Randall R. says:

    That’s a brilliant description of co-workers—and right on the money!

  4. Sam Glover Sam G. says:

    I just signed a lease on a new, larger office. It is a big commitment, but I am excited about taking on space for my firm (and Lawyerist) to grow.

    Although I love being able to work from the couch, I also think it is important to have a workspace. Clients may be wiling to meet you through a video chat, but that is not a full replacement for face-to-face meetings.

    Randall’s post is right on the money. If you can get an office, do it.

  5. Avatar T.J. Conley says:

    Thanks for the interesting post. One option you did not mention is the “virtual office”. For a couple of hundred dollars a month, I have an address downtown, someone to answer my “office” phone and transfer my calls to my cell phone, and access to conference rooms for client meetings.

    I may yet decide that I need a “real” office, but for now the virtual kind suits me just fine.

  6. Avatar Venkat says:

    The whole “get an office to take your practice to the next level” never resonated with me. There’s nothing wrong with having a nice office, and it works for some people, but I’ve never felt like it would do much for me.

    There’s no one size fits all approach in these things I guess.

  7. Avatar Randall R. says:

    @ TJ – I think a virtual office can work just great – I know lots of solo attorneys who have been very successful using that.

    @ Venkat – I agree everyone is different, some people are just as effective working from home, and most of us do not need a nice office to succeed.

  8. I’m glad to read this article. I’m putting the finishing touches on my office, and I am looking forward to meeting clients in a new professional space. You couldn’t be more right about the cost of “rent” either. I actually purchased a historic downtown building in a rural area (my practice is focused on rural needs), remodeled the entire interior, and will still be paying less than comparable rents in the same city. There are some amazing places to be had in smaller communities.

  9. Avatar Tim Ryan says:

    the comments here have been very helpful

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