You may make a great first impression on your potential clients, what kind of impression does your law office make?
If your office looks like every other lawyer's office, your potential clients could be underwhelmed. Everybody has seen the diplomas on the wall, the fake potted plants, and the bookcases filled with law books that nobody ever touches.
Instead, dress your law office for success and make a great first impression with these five tips:
1. Ikea-Hack Your Furniture.
Does you office furniture look like every other piece of office furniture bought at Ikea? Spruce it up with some paint and some creative overlays. If you're crafty, the blogosphere and Pinterest are rife with Ikea hacks, from spray-painted file cabinets to custom-made coffee table turn standing desks.
2. Feng Shui.
Improve the flow of energy in your office to (hopefully) improve the flow of money into your pocket. Get a bagua map, and rearrange your office furniture according to the principles of feng shui . For example: Face your desk opposite to the entrance of your office with you facing the door. Clear clutter to make room for creativity. Move all your books to your knowledge and wisdom center. There are no hard and fast rules, so have fun with it!
3. Temporary Wallpaper.
Are your office's beige walls making you drowsy? Spice things up without committing to the permanence of paint. Try temporary wallpaper, or a whole temporary mural! It's just peel and stick. When you're tired of it or moving on to a cushier office, just peel it off and toss.
4. A Woodsy Feel.
Bring some of the great outdoors into your office. Everybody has a plant, but do they have reclaimed hardwood that feels homey and rugged on their walls? Try adding reclaimed hardwood boards to your walls or office furniture. Like temporary wallpaper, these are designed to just peel and stick. No carpentry skills required.
5. A Rotating Art Gallery.
No office is truly complete without an obligatory piece of art. Do you want abstract painting that people pretend to like because it makes them feel sophisticated? Or do you want a beautiful picture of the great outdoors that you can stare at and daydream, wishing you were out there instead of inside your office? If you can't decide, why not have both. If you have plenty of money in the office budget, a subscription of digital art could liven things up. If not, make your own with a digital picture frame and some downloaded (non-copyrighted) pictures.