One of the nice things about becoming an attorney is that you have a number of options for employment. While many new attorneys get jobs at law firms, another option is to work for yourself. Theoretically, you can set up an office at your home and practice law out of this location — but there are definitely some drawbacks of doing so. A better idea is to rent some office space at a local building and run your small practice out of this location. Here are some reasons that using rented office space is better than a home office is you're an attorney.
It Creates A Feeling Of Confidence
Any client wants to feel confident about their attorney, but visiting the attorney's home office doesn't necessarily generate such feelings. A client may feel as though you're not overly successful because you're practicing law out of your home. The client might theorize that if you had a better law practice, you'd have a proper office. There's little doubt that when a prospective client searches for you online, they might feel more confident upon learning that you're in a corporate environment downtown — rather than in a single-family home in the suburbs.
You May Not Want Some Clients In Your Home
Depending on the type of law that you practice, it's possible that you could have some clients would be better to meet away from your home. For example, if you practice criminal law, you'll be meeting several times a week with people who have been accused of criminal offenses. You may feel more comfortable meeting these clients in a neutral location like an office. In general, it is safer to meet clients for the first time away from your home, and a rented office space can be a great place to conduct meetings.
You May Make Connections
Working at home can be an isolated feeling, but this isn't the case when you rent office space. Even if you don't technically have co-workers, you'll be sharing the building with other people — and this list may include other young attorneys who are renting space nearby. Whether in the lobby, the elevator, or the parking lot, you may have a chance to connect with these people and possibly work together in the future. For example, if you meet another attorney who also works independently from a firm, you might eventually decide to partner. Such connections aren't as likely when you work at home.
For more information about office space rentals, contact a local rental business.