A New York City virtual office lets you enjoy the Westchester lifestyle while boosting your credibility as an elite Manhattan attorney.
You may have moved your family to Westchester for the open spaces and great school districts, but New York City is only a 30 minute Metro North ride away. With a virtual office in Midtown Manhattan, you can grow your business and improve your Westchester-based practice while keeping the lifestyle benefits that can only come with a backyard and white-picket fence.
What is a virtual office?
A virtual office rental arrangement is a financial arrangement where solo and small firm attorneys pay a low monthly fee (typically starting at under $100 month) to rent the use of a premium commercial address in an executive office suite and the non-exclusive use of office space and amenities, such as conference room facilities, a staffed reception area and access to law firm grade telecommunications and office equipment.
Who provides virtual offices?
Nearly every executive office center offers virtual offices. There are office centers in every major (and secondary) business center around the globe.
Virtual offices are generally sold in packages. The least costly packages will allow you to use the center’s address and will collect and forward your incoming mail. The more expensive packages will include other amenities such as conference room time and day offices each month.
The centers are generally professionally operated and well-appointed. Take time to find a space that best suits your needs. For example, if you’re a lawyer, you will want to find a space that understands the ethical responsibilities that come with handling legal matters, as well as making sure you appear professional and credible to your clients.
Three reasons why a Virtual Office will help your Westchester-based law firm:
1. Economic Viability
Referrals are the lifeblood law firms, especially solo and small practices. A serious referral from another attorney is the easiest money to be made in our profession.
The right virtual office can help you create more of the relationships that lead to referrals and co-counsel opportunities. Therefore increasing your potential income. For example, Law Firm Suites’ clients exchanged over $2.5 million in legal business last year alone. A significant portion of those referrals were generated from our virtual office community.
In addition to referrals, a virtual office with a robust community of attorneys can help save you hundreds of dollars in lost billable hours trying to solve pesky practice issues. You know, the ones that can take hours to figure out on your own, but can be resolved in a three-minute conversation with a lawyer who has dealt with the issue before?
2. Credibility, Credibility, Credibility
To most of the world, New York City is the epicenter of the United States. Like it or not, your non-Westchester prospective clients and adversaries will view your Westchester business address as less credible and professional (no matter how ignorant that opinion may be).
As a result, clients will expect lower rates (that is, if they chose your NYC competitors first) and adversaries will look to take advantage of your “less-prestigious” image.
The address you choose for your practice is an important part of your professional identity. A New York virtual office address will help you gain access to new clients who may not have even considered your firm because it’s based in Westchester.
3. Lifestyle Flexibility
A Manhattan virtual office provides Westchester attorneys with lifestyle flexibility. Who doesn’t want that? Choosing to work close to home (or in your home) does not mean you have to sacrifice the professional image that a well-appointed Manhattan office portrays to existing and potential clients, alike.
With a virtual office you get ‘on demand’ professional services that your practice needs. This could include mail collection, conference room access for client meetings and a distraction free workspace designed for productivity when your home-office is too distracting.