5 tips for lawyers when they move to a new office in:
1. New office: When it’s time to move to a better, bigger office, it’s important to get an office that will reflect what you represent as a lawyer: if you are aiming for the rich – big corporate clients – take office in the most expensive area in town. If you intend to represent the Proletariat – you might want to consider a more modest place. If you are not a litigator that shows up in court but more inclined to mediate and facilitate between commercial bodies – you should be in the right area for your area of expertise, for example, a lawyer that specializes in high-tech deals would fell very comfortable in the bay area.
2. Parking: if you intend to conduct meetings and consultations with your clients in your office – make sure they have available parking so they can come to you easily and only care about the case at stake. Don’t let your client wonder around the streets looking for parking, or only having very expensive options because they won’t want to come to you, and you will have to go to them.
3. Storage: when moving, a lot of times items are needed to be replaced, not all the furniture can have a room in the new office, or just the theme is not the right one for them. On the other hand – you don’t want to through everything away. So before making a decision about what to do with it, consider renting some storage units to store them in that time.
4. New computer and telecom system: The world becomes smaller and smaller, and at times, we need to conduct meetings with colleagues that live on the other side of the globe. If you want to have a video conference call with your partner in Singapore, your client in Australia, or even east coast – west coast meeting, you must have the latest technology to enable you to conduct the meetings respectably.
5. Don’t hesitate: If you feel uncomfortable in your current offices, don’t give up on the move just because it is inconvenient and kind of a headache. Most likely, moving to a new office will bring a new spirit to the office, and your employees will be happier coming to work. Working in a new place, with new amenities such as gym, cafeteria, parking spots, new furniture, etc. that, in turn, will increase productivity and create better working atmosphere.
To sum up – moving to a new office is a tiring task but it’s recommended and can create benefits beyond just being in a nicer place – high profile clients can choose you over your competitor just because your office is more accessible or more stylish or luxurious, so don’t hesitate – do it!