I’m on the road about half of the time. I’ve worked from coffee shops, co-working spaces, Regus locations, hotel rooms, Airbnb apartments and in borrowed conference rooms. My office exists in my briefcase. I’ve got my laptop, a phone and a pair of headphones. I can do everything I need to do with the contents of that bag.
I’m sitting in a coffee shop right now. I end up stopping by one of our offices at least once every few months just to check on things.
Any advice to anyone wanting to make the switch to working remotely?
First, create an evaluation system based on performance. Second, go paperless – it’s essential. Finally, adopt internal communication systems designed to build and maintain connection within the team. Use technology along with a structured meeting rhythm.
Working remotely is easy. Managing remotely, and insuring accountability, is more complicated. Build your systems while you’re still in one place. Then you’ll have the flexibility and security to set your people free.
The systems and technology are the easy part of practicing law. Getting clients is what’s challenging. Whether you work in an office or remotely you’ve got to build a practice that draws people in. You’ve got to offer something that people want. When they want what you’ve got then where you work becomes trivia. The key is creating the demand.