How to Decide If Lawyer Coworking Space Is Right for You
You’re starting or building a law practice and looking for ways to minimize monthly expenses as you increase your client base. You need office space for client meetings or videoconferences, and you may need occasional support services, but don’t want to pay for full-time staff or for office space that only gets used some of the time. A coworking arrangement may be ideal for you. Before you make any type of commitment, though, there are some key considerations:
How much privacy do you need? Some coworking arrangements are essentially open office environments. If you need to meet with clients, such an environment may not be a good fit, as you may not be able to assure your clients of the necessary confidentiality that’s part of the attorney-client relationship. Make certain the shared office space also includes access to private conference rooms where you can close the door and not be heard.
What services are offered? Will you be getting a desk and an internet connection but nothing more? With a legal practice, you also want to know if you’ll have access to copying, printing, mailing, or delivery services, or if there’s a receptionist or secretary available to meet your needs. Some coworking arrangements will help connect you with other important resources, such as paralegals. Make certain you know the full range of services offered.
Does the coworking space present the right impression? A successful law practice is built on trust and confidence. That typically means a more traditional look, rather than a trendy office environment.
What other types of businesses will be sharing the space? Some coworking spaces are geared for a specific profession or enterprise, whereas others are essentially incubators for a wide range of startups or growing businesses. There are advantages and disadvantages to both. You may be able to brainstorm with other lawyers in an environment like The Legal Café, where most users are attorneys. You may also be able to build your referrals from other lawyers who don’t practice in the same areas as you. If you’re building a general practice, though, you may be better off in an environment sharing space with non-attorneys. That can put you in a better position to serve a wide range of needs.
The Legal Café—Coworking Space Dedicated to Practicing Attorneys
At The Legal Café, we know what lawyers need to maintain and build a successful practice. We offer:
Attractive and professional private conference rooms for client meetings or online videoconferencing
Efficient workspace with access to high-speed internet
Gourmet coffee and a select offering of light food items
Regular access to The Legal Café is by membership plan. We offer a range of options, allowing you to choose the level of access that best fits your practice. When emergencies arise (as they often do), daily “hot seats” can also be purchased, giving you access to the amenities of the Café on a first-come, first-served basis.
When your current or potential clients come to The Legal Café, they’ll be greeted by a receptionist, who can provide them with marketing materials or other documents in preparation for their appointment. Our staff will also present engagement letters or client agreements for you, if necessary. We have private conference rooms equipped for videoconferencing, when required.
All members of The Legal Café also get access to our customized lead-generation app, which
Shows all potential leads
Allows the user to purchase leads directly through the app
Provides useful tracking capabilities, including data on how many leads become clients
Come to The Legal Café
If you’re an attorney looking to build your practice or improve your bottom line, The Legal Café can help meet your needs. Stop by the Café at 114 Main Street, have a cup of coffee, and find out more.