If you are planning on starting your own practice, you are probably already concerned with establishing your credibility and marketing your services to potential clients. You will only get one shot at a first impression, and many times the first impression will come when a client walks into your office. Here are a few tips to make sure that you are putting your best foot forward when it comes to your law office space.
Organize Your Space
An organized and inviting office can go a long way when trying to make potential clients feel welcome. The more cluttered and disorganized that your space appears, the more people will associate you with disorganization in general. It does not inspire confidence to walk into the office of someone interested in handling legal aspects of your life, only to find papers cluttering their desk and a general feeling of disarray. Create a filing system for your documents and stick to it. Take the time to organize your space every day. You may not know when people will be stopping by.
Show Clients Who You Are
So, while your space should be free of clutter, you also want to avoid feeling too cold or corporate. You may choose to display your credentials on the wall, but don’t include unnecessary items or simply hang every certificate, diploma, and professional membership that you have earned. Too many academic and professional certificates on the wall can appear pretentious and displaying all of the specifics of your career path is simply unnecessary. A few personal touches in your law office space such as family photos, your children’s artwork, books, and tasteful decorations can help let your personality show.
Get a Good Address
An effectively furnished small office can show your clients that you are a professional, and a law office space with a great location can show them that you are successful and worthy of your prestigious location. As a legal professional, your location can be very important. An office at the right location can enable you to network with others in your field, bring in more clients, and establish yourself as a leader in your field. A superior location can be worth the price, if it brings more clients or higher caliber clients.
We hope you consider these tips when you are setting up or reorganizing your law office space.