Which came first, the equipment or the client?

Chuck Newton has a great post today called, Do NOT Build a Law Factory Before You Have Orders For Your Product.

This is the real beauty of the Third Wave. When you are starting out, especially if you do not know exactly what you want to do, you can throw out your ideas of an outside office, a secretary, a copy machine, a postage meter, a conference table and chairs and other vestiges of the old line law firm. Certainly you need a computer and a cheap printer/scanner, a VoIP phone and a broadband connection. But, the rest of it is just left up to your ingenuity. Your goal is to either represent a client with a particular need or to make money — or both. Your objective is to find those clients.

Many get caught up in the fancy downtown office trappings. The overloaded staff. And all of the fancy big equipment items that most don’t even need. Before you start to construct the factory, stop and consider what it is you really want to accomplish with your law practice. Chucks post is great and everyone should read it.

Breaking Up (With My Office) Is Hard To Do

Well folks, it’s finalized. The checks have cleared and crunch time is nearing.

I’m talking about my impending move.

As my regular readers know, a few months ago I set out to find a home office. The trick to this was that the home office could not be in my home; you see, I live in a standard-issue New York City two-bedroom apartment. For those of you in other parts of the country, go to your pantry and imagine living there with a spouse, a child and a dog. That’s a New York City apartment.

So with a baby on the way and my wife on maternity leave for nine months, I realized that I did not want to be the absentee parent so common when I was growing up. The stars aligned because of the shift of my practice from standard consumer bankruptcy to a referral-based consumer bankruptcy litigation office. Now, with no clients coming to see me, I didn’t really NEED a physical office.

The problem was that I needed a home office without a home. In other words, I was looking to rent a room in a house – but not as a live-in person. Tricky, I thought.

I trolled the Internet, community blogs and message boards. No luck. Rats!

Then, on a goof, I posted a request onto a message board devoted to new parents in my area. Within a few hours I was contacted by David, a homeowner who lives 6 minutes from my home by subway. He had a room on the third floor of his house and had been renting it out to a commercial tenant as a “home office.” She was moving out, and he had a space. Was I interested?

You betcha! And after looking at the room and location, I signed on the line that is dotted (to quote one of my favorite movies of all time). Lease begins on June 15, so I’m starting to pack up my tall-building office and head for the tree-lined streets of Brooklyn.

What will I find when I get there, and will the move be easy? I’m not sure yet. It’s an odd situation, having a not-home office. I’ll keep everyone posted on my progress as I transition into the next phase of my career.