|The Essentials of Office life|
When starting as a solo most of us think about working from home. However there are other choices. You can choose a managed office that provides services. My London office is like that. The staff are brilliant. They are there to receive your clients and answer your calls. If you need a proper professional office then I heartily recommend LEO. (Please note that I am not being paid to advertise any of the businesses I mention here. )
The next alternative is a shared work space and these are now popping up all over - some private - some chains - some sponsored by other companies with a spot of space to spare. I attended a meeting in the WEWORK space in Moorgate recently. This is an American concept business and it rejoices in making a buzz. Noise seems to be positively encouraged. Some people may find this invigorating, but it makes discussions and presentations really hard even in an allegedly private space. Probably not for a lawyer intending to do real work, but maybe good for finding potential clients. Being American they are open about their pricing structures too, which is useful when budgeting your start up costs. This particular business has not penetrated beyond London yet.
For a lawyer to survive at a hot desk you are certainly going to need a pair of noise-cancelling head phones. Wireless ones would be best if you are liable to forget that you have them on when going for a coffee or a comfort break. If you want to look an Apple geek and on trend then I suppose it must be BEATS but that wouldn't really be my style.
Even if you work from home meeting facilities are something you may need. The office providers generally do meeting rooms for hire. The other possibility is your professional body. The IET has Savoy Place which couldn't be in a better location the right side of Waterloo Bridge and their meeting rooms are free to members - deal! The Law Society has a library but meeting rooms seem to have become a separate commercial operation. I remember once being interviewed there many years ago. It was not a pleasant experience.
So what is the consensus for a successful solo live - the full managed office or working on your bed at home with a laptop ?