If you are a solo working from home, this might be a great option for you.
First, What is a virtual office?
Your virtual office arrangement can be as minimal as having a mailing address for you to list on court filings and receive mail (the most “virtual” of virtual offices) to having a receptionist answer your calls, with a dedicated office suite and access to a conference room to meet with clients.
Why a virtual law office?
The virtual office spaces are usually in high-rise buildings and accessible by public transportation, making meeting with clients easy. Many solo practitioners like using virtual offices for that reason. Meeting with clients is very convenient, both for the client and the attorney. And, you’re in a space that impresses clients and other attorneys.
The mailing address feature, offered by every major virtual office company, allows you to receive your law firm mail at a corporate address instead of your home address. In New York City, for example, most of the virtual office locations are located in either Midtown or the Wall Street areas in high-rise buildings. A virtual mailing address can make your firm look more professional, giving your firm an identity that gives confidence to prospective clients. “My virtual office is on Avenue of the Americas in a well-known building. It changes the way you’re perceived, among clients, and your perception among other attorneys,” Mr. Smith said.
When you sign up for a virtual mailing address, you can list the address on your business card, court filings, and website. It’s great if you don’t want clients or other attorneys to know where you live, Mr. Smith said. You can have mail sent to you at the virtual office for you to either pick up at your convenience or they can forward it to your home address.
What about a co-working space?
Is a virtual office right for my firm?
|Affordable options||Often the full office package can be as expensive or more expensive than renting office space because of the premium carried by the address location|
|Can allow you to work from home while having a different mailing address and a receptionist to answer calls||Can be impractical for attorneys hoping to get volume business from walk-ins or frequently meeting face-to-face with clients|
|Having a well-regarded mailing address|
|Office very accessible by public transportation|