5 Reasons Why Solos Should Use Shared Law Office Space

By Stephen Furnari - December 11, 2014
5 Reasons Why Solos Should Use Shared Law Office Space

Your New York City shared law office space is something that should provide more than just a place to work.

For a solo, a law office space should be more than just a place to do work; it should be a place where you feel it is almost a second home.

Shared office space is not for everyone, but depending on your profession and what you are wanting to achieve, a shared office space may be the best option for the growth of your business.

1.  Comfortability in a shared law office space.

This “second home” feeling does not mean you actually live in your office, it means there is a feeling of comfortability in that space for you to take advantage of its resources.

This comfortability in a shared law office is generated by the network of other lawyers that promote the necessary community of expertise. This is essential to any attorney’s career success because other attorneys are an invaluable resource.

2.  Connections at your fingertips.

Shared Law Office SpaceThe practice of law is an area where connections are an integral element of one’s work. Unfortunately, many new or recently solo attorneys are ambivalent about working around other attorneys.

This ambivalence towards working around other legal professionals may be indicative of arrogance or the sheer lack of understanding for what a legal community can do for you when it is at your fingertips.

 

3.  Lawyers “get” the importance of referrals.

Any lawyer will tell you, the best business lead is a referral, and the best referrals come from other lawyers.

When it comes to referrals, lawyers “get it” because referrals ultimately impact one’s reputation and in law, reputation is everything.

A shared law office space will only do wonders for your business because these referrals act as a strong base for income and the potential for growth is virtually limitless.

4.  Other advantages beyond the legal network.

A legal network is certainly important for any attorney, but beyond that, a shared law office space can provide so much more.

Other things that a shared office may promote are:

–  Lower costs (compared to a standard commercial lease)

–  Pro-grade internet and office equipment

–  Geographical convenience (case-by-case)

–  Staff (to manage the needs of the office)

In terms of business, keeping the bottom line in mind is necessary and the right shared law office space can do wonders in keeping costs to run your business at a minimum.

5.  Don’t ignore a potential resource.

Shared Law Office SpaceWhether it is an in-office or a virtual office rental, ignoring the shared office space and what it has to offer can hinder a legal professional’s own success.

Each community varies with the location, but if you happen to find a shared office space that has a strong network of attorneys and adequate amenities, jump on it.

You will most likely regret not taking advantage later when you do not have the amenities or networking community as a resource.


Choosing the best office arrangement means choosing the option that is right for you.

About Stephen Furnari

Stephen Furnari is a self-employed corporate attorney and the founder of Law Firm Suites, the operator of coworking spaces for law firms. Through Law Firm Suites, Furnari has helped hundreds of attorneys launch and grow successful law practices. He is the author of several eBooks, including “7 Deadly Mistakes that Prevent Law Practice Success” and “An Insider’s Guide to Renting the Perfect Law Office”. Stephen has been featured in the ABA Journal, Entrepreneur, New York Daily News and Crain’s New York. Connect with Stephen on Twitter (@stephenfurnari).

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