I open my office door. I turn on the lights. Put my brief case down. Make some coffee. And then I get to work. That was pretty much my life for over a year working in an office by myself. It was isolating.
There was no one to talk about the latest news. No one to share a coffee with. No one to bounce ideas off of. There was also no coverage. If I wasn’t in the office the office was closed. This makes things like receiving Fed Ex deliveries difficult. On numerous occassions I would pick packages up at Fed Ex near Bradley Airport.
And for witnessing things, I’m so lucky my parents are fantastic and retired. And wiling to drive 20 miles to witness and notarize documents for me.
I enjoyed being solo. It was fun to chart my own course. To make the calls. To not have to worry about anyone else. That part, I loved.
When I started thinking about buying an office, I started thinking about a legal collaborative. A space where folks had there own individual offices but shared resources such as law books, technology, and most importantly ideas. Ideas on cases. Ideas on the practice of law.
Ideas and also support. Support that there would be witnesses when needed. Someone would probably be there for the Fed Ex man.
Another idea that I’m in the early stages of developing is law firm consulting. Specifically advising folks looking to start their own firms or practices. I have spent and continue to spend a lot of time and resource developing my practice. The idea, my idea, is that sharing these ideas with office mates will boost everyone’s business. Things like: use this vendor, try this software, avoid doing this at all costs, and this is really working for me.
If you want to learn how to save yourself time and money by going paperless – I’ll show you how to do it.
One of the pieces of advice I would always give to folks looking to start their own firms is – go to a place where there are other lawyers in the building. It can be a great way to start building referral relationships.
Those ideas converged to form the basis for the design of our new office. We are fortunate to open with two like minded, kind and progressive solo firms with us. We are also fortunate to have an opportunity for a third person to join us. We have one office left.
The office is 127 square feet. It includes access to a storage loft. Common areas not included in the square footage calculation but for your use are a reception area, a conference room, a break room, a bathroom (with a shower).
Utilities are included (electricity, internet, water, heat). You bring your own phone.
We are open to the possibility of sharing administrative staff.
You will have your name on the door. Common areas are neutrally decorated and do not reference any one firm.
Amentities include a shower, dishwasher, coffee maker, microwave, soda stream, an electric hot water heater for tea (Allison loves tea – we also have some sort of fancy tea press that I won’t try to describe) refrigerator, conference room tv, apple tv, HDMI wiring in the conference room, a cable hook up in your office if you want cable and parking.
In addition to your private wireless router there is a guest network for your clients.
We also have silverware, plates, bowls, forks, knives, spoons, coffee mugs, tumblers, wine glasses, and regular glasses. All for your use.
The office is in a prime location in the heart of Glastonbury’s business district. It is less than a half mile from Max Fish, Max Amore, Starbucks, Chipolte, B Goods, J Gilberts and Fed Ex Office. Staples and Home Depot are about a half mile in the other direction. We have easy highway access to Route 2 and Route 3.
The office was built in 2015. It is new construction. We have hardwood floors throughout. Each office has wainscotting. It looks amazing. Your clients will love it.
Rent is $950 a month. This is not triple net. There are no hidden fees. The office is move in ready.
And there’s always someone to bounce ideas off of or talk about the issues of the day.
If you are interested in this opportunity, please let me know and we can talk further. All inquiries are confidential. Call me (860) 471-8333.