These days, office space for lawyers is no longer limited to an office in a big corporate building downtown. And thank goodness for that because I can tell you that one of the worst parts of my biglaw job was the downtown, hour each way a day, commute.
Even after starting my own law practice, I began my own firm working on the top floor of the tallest commercial building in Torrance, CA, and I really disliked pulling into that parking garage each day to go to work.
I dreamed of an office that felt like home to me, and my clients.
Within a year of opening the doors to my own practice, I had created my dream office location by converting a garage on a historical property in my town into the sweetest office you’ve ever seen.
If you can’t create a unique office environment that you love, like I did, on a historical property in your community, here are a few other options:
1) Home office
You can absolutely have a home office and work entirely virtually or have your clients come to your home office, or you can even go to their home’s.
The key here is that you must have systems in place so that your home office or virtual office situation feels as good to your clients as if they were walking into my office in the video.
2) Shared office
Some of our lawyers have had success working remotely and renting out office space as needed for meeting with clients. Or even, working out a work in trade for rent deal, if you are in the early “salad” days of your practice. When I first went out on my own, I “rented” office space from a lawyer who had been in practice for 25 years. My rent was paid with 20 hours of work by me for him each month.
I was able to share his front desk reception, a conference room, phone service, and mailing address.
3) Co-working Spaces
Here in Boulder we have several co-working options that can not only provide you with a great place to meet clients, but great networking opportunities as well.
For example, ImpactHub, Galvanize, Niche Co-Working, and the Integral Center are all options here in Boulder. You can also look for WeWork, and other similar co-working opportunities.
There are even starting to be lawyer focused co-working spaces, like the one created by lawyer Jacob Sapochnik in San Diego, co-mmunity. And the lawyer focused co-working space in Minneapolis, created by Family Business Lawyer Kimberly Hanlon, MoreLaw Minneapolis.
5) Other professionals offices spaces
One of our members rented out a psychotherapist’s office, which ended up costing less per hour than a normal corporate space and was still quite professional. And they also become cross-referral partners.
More than ever, you have options for working in unique ways and places. Don’t settle for the traditional when you can create an unconventional law practice that provides top notch service to your clients and allows you to have a life and law practice you love.
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