Practicing Law In A Home Office - What About Starbucks?
How Can I Find a Coffee Shop That'll Actually Let Me Sit and Work for Awhile?.
I still have a fixed office location; primarily because I bought it over 25 years ago, and it has a conference room, library, waiting room, room for my birds, and a kitchen with a coffee maker. It serves as a great place to meet and confer with clients and others, and I don't need to go to a court reporter's office to take a deposition. However, the trend towards home offices has given me the freedom to work at home when I feel like it, and computers and the Internet make me just as productive in my home office as in my regular office. But, what about the trend for people to do business at Starbucks and similar coffee shop locations? Is it appropriate to meet with a client at the local Starbucks? There is an interesting debate going on about this at LifeHacker. My take on it is that there are too many prying eyes and ears to have confidential discussions with clients there; even if you whisper. Have a social, light meeting, sure. Bring your notebook, sure. But, don't use the public WiFi without a VPN connection, or bring your own. Law Practice at Starbucks? I vote no. There are much better options for the home office lawyer, such as group office rentals, which provide receptionsists, concierge services, coffee and meeting rooms for a reasonable charge.