Pros and Cons of a Virtual Office

Pro: Less expensive
Con: Less control over atmosphere and location

I considered using a virtual office (and I still consider adding a virtual office in a second location), but after walking through many of them, I decided they weren’t going to be as available/accessible to many of my clients. I’m an immigration and bankruptcy lawyer, and I decided it would be more effective to be located in the Mission District and to be able to post a sign outside the window to attract walk-in customers.  This would’ve been more difficult at a virtual office (which all seem to be in high rise or tall financial district buildings).  That being said, I know other immigration attorneys who have successfully started their firms in virtual spaces, so I know it can be done.  It is worth thinking about the atmosphere that you want your clients to feel when they meet you.