Do you need an office?

Modern technology can render what used to be necessary obsolete.

A great example of this is the physical office.  A couple of decades ago, it was almost inconceivable that a practicing attorney wouldn’t have an office.  Now, however, mobile technology and a rise in virtual legal office solutions have rendered the office almost superfluous.

This is especially true for newly-minted solos.  After all, keeping overhead low is one of the critical steps in any start-up business and with modern technology, including cloud-based practice management software like Online Legal Software, you can practice from anywhere with a laptop and scanner.

That said, it’s not the right choice for everyone.  Some people can’t effectively work from home; and certainly, not all prospective clients would want to meet in a coffee shop or library.  It depends too on your location – rent for a simple office might be inexpensive enough in your region to mitigate the cost – whilst in a big city, the opposite is true.
What do you think?  Does modern technology alleviate the need for a traditional office?
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