A recent article in The Atlantic asks the question, "do lawyers need offices anymore?" No. No they do not. The article features several firms that have made a successful go of it as virtual practice, forgoing the wood paneling and real-estate fees for practices operated largely over the Internet.
We at FindLaw, of course, have long been proponents of the virtual office. You don't need to be a tech genius or a cutting-edge innovator to give up on commercial leases. Pretty much any attorney can operate a virtual practice these days. Here are 11 ways to get started, today.
11 Steps to a Virtual Office
Here are 11 easy ways to get started with your virtual office:
Step 12: Laying Down on the Job
Of course, wherever you work, you'll probably want to think about the health effects of sitting down all day. (They're bad.) Health-crazed attorneys may jump on the standing desk fad, but let us suggest a laying desk. The California startup Altwork has created a desk that's perfect for spending the day on your back. It's just the kind of workstation you'd want to keep hidden out of the sight of clients and colleagues. We'll let Arstechnica explain:
It's an integrated workstation combining seat, desk, and monitor stand, and it's all electrically controlled to support not just sitting and standing but also a supine position: you lie back with your monitor or monitors above you. The keyboard and mouse stay affixed to your desk through the magical power of magnets.
It doesn't look pretty, but it sounds fun to try.