Spending Wisely vs. Being Cheap %u2014 Lawyerist. New lawyer? Job market for lawyers rough? Thinking of going solo? Read this article. Keep your overhead low, and your expectations lower. Forget about the glistening office tower downtown, and look for alternative spaces that suit you and your clients. I chose a former house many years ago, and decided I wanted a homey atmosphere. I get clients who are ordinary people, and they appreciate a non-office, office atmosphere. I am somewhat eccentric, and I guess it shows, since I have a Parrot aviary off of the waiting room. However, buying your office means your payments for rent never go up unless you want them to, and you have something when you are done. I agree with the big monitor solution; except I have the same setup at home that I do at the office. So, wherever I am I can work like at the office. So, be frugal, young lawyer, and you will find happiness and fulfillment as a lawyer. You might even find a little happiness outside of the law. Novel concept.