So should lawyers use shared office space?
It depends on your needs… and on the way you want to do business.
Shared Office Space for Lawyers
In Milwaukee, we have plenty of shared office spaces in buildings owned by Regus, 42Floors and a handful of other companies, as well.
Pros of Shared Office Spaces
Shared office spaces are typically pretty affordable. Thanks to hotdesking (the practice of renting a desk space in a shared office), you can set aside several days a week in a downtown office for just a few hundred dollars a month. In many of Milwaukee’s shared office spaces, you can purchase packages that give you use of a conference room (great for client meetings), mail service, and even receptionist services (including phone-answering).
Some shared office spaces are open 24 hours, and on weekends, so as long as you reserve your spot, you’ll be able to work when you need to.
Cons of Shared Office Spaces
Shared office spaces are… well, shared. If you’re not good at working with others chatting nearby, or if you’re easily distracted by the constant clattering of fingers on keyboards, a shared office space may not be right for you.
Some shared office spaces are only open Monday through Friday; others are open on weekends, but only during the day (and some even close as early as 7 p.m.). You might find yourself chafing under the time restrictions a shared office imposes, especially if you’re working on a tight timeline.
What Do You Think?
Have you ever worked in a shared office space? If you have, what was your experience? Would you recommend it to other lawyers (or any professional)?
If you’re like many lawyers, you’re weighing the pros and cons of using a shared office space. When you look at the costs of corporate rents—or think about taking out a loan to pay for a building (especially if you’re still paying for law school)—it seems to make sense.