Choosing the Right Legal Office Space
There are many situations where coworking space can make sense for your law practice. Maybe you’re just starting out, don’t have any long-term clients yet, and need to keep your costs down. Maybe after working as a law firm partner or associate, you’ve decided to go solo but don’t want the overhead of a fancy downtown law office. Or maybe your firm is litigating a case in another metropolitan area, where you don’t have a satellite office, and you need a place close to the courthouse where you can do all the things you do in your home office.
Coworking space offers the best of most worlds to attorneys in a wide range of situations. You’ll generally pay for only a limited time, and you’ll often be around other professionals, including lawyers, so you can benefit from shared intellectual capital and do some networking to build your practice. With the right setup, you’ll have access to private office space, a functional workspace, conference rooms, and even support services.
How much does it cost to rent coworking space? The answer—not surprisingly—is that it depends. Let’s look at how coworking space is priced.
How Much Will I Pay for Coworking Space?
One thing is certain—you’ll pay less for coworking space than you would for a conventional office in the same location. In both situations, it’s common to pay for space on a “per square foot” basis, but when it comes to coworking space, a wide assortment of variables can affect the cost:
- How many hours per month you want access to the space
- The specific time slots you want the space—Some slots are in greater demand and may be available only at higher rates.
- What type of “desk” you rent—You can expect to pay more for a private office, where you can close the door, than for an open-office plan. You may also have to pay more for a dedicated desk (one that you use every time you use the space).
- What types of services come with your space—Are you just paying for a desk, or will you have access to a printer/copier, mail service, conference room, or videoconferencing technology? In some coworking environments, each additional service comes at an additional fixed cost. In other places, the level of service you select includes a bundle of amenities all for one flat fee.
The Legal Café—Coworking Space for Practicing Attorneys
At The Legal Café, we’re attorneys ourselves, and we know what lawyers need to build and maintain a successful practice. We provide:
- Attractive and professional private conference rooms for client meetings in person or by videoconference
- Efficient workspace with high-speed internet
- A fresh cup of gourmet coffee, along with a select offering of light food items
Access to The Legal Café is by membership plan. We offer a range of options, allowing you to choose the level of access and usage to fit your practice. For those times when an emergency arises, a daily “hot seat” can also be purchased, giving you access to the amenities of The Legal Café on a first-come, first-served basis.
When your clients come to The Legal Café, they’ll be met by a receptionist, who can provide them with marketing materials or other documents necessary for their appointment. We can print and present engagement letters or client agreements, if necessary. We also have private conference rooms equipped with videoconferencing equipment.
As a member of The Legal Café, you’ll receive our customized lead-generation app, which
- shows all potential leads;
- allows the user to purchase leads directly through the app; and
- provides useful tracking capabilities, including data on the number of leads that 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.