The NJ Supreme Court has just made it easier and more realistic for lawyers to practice in the state of NJ with a ruling to relax its bona fide office rule. In keeping with modern changes in how professionals – including lawyers – work, this ruling makes it perfectly clear: the days of 9-5, commuting to an office are over.
This ruling benefits all lawyers – especially the solo and part-time practitioners, as well as those with clients spread across the country – giving them the opportunity take advantage of flexible and alternative workspace solutions, such as a virtual office (VO).
In a nutshell, a VO is a customizable, inexpensive solution that allows workers to work from home, but maintain a professional office address with a receptionist, mail services and options to work from an office when needed. Here are tips on how and why New Jersey lawyers (and lawyers across the country) should consider a using a VO.
A virtual office allows lawyers to:
1. Make a First-Class Impression: Pick a prestigious and strategic location that gives your firm instant credibility and puts you close to the action. An impressive address and local phone number can make a big impact on potential clients.
2. Get Closer To Customers: Businesses that have an address in the same city as their clients and prospects may have an advantage over out-of-town competitors. A virtual office gives you access to office space when and where you need it.
3. Enter New Markets: For any firm, one challenge of expansion is securing a large enough client base to justify an additional office in a new city. A virtual office solves that problem, allowing your firm to immediately establish a local address in another city with no upfront capital expense, no long-term lease and minimal risk.
4. Have a Professional Workspace as Needed: Be sure your provider has the ability to grant you an office-space or a meeting room within your “virtual address”. While in the office, you have access to all of the services and amenities you need to host visitors in a professional and productive setting.
5. Maximize Services And Technology: Pick a virtual office where you can count on your mail to be forwarded to you in a timely fashion and your calls to be answered in a professional manor. Plus, take advantage of administrative services offered by providers. These services free up your time and allows you to focus on growing your firm.