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Does Working From Home Work for Lawyers?

Home Solo attorney Chuck Newton has an interesting post today on his Third Wave blog noting that for over a decade now, he has operated his practice out of his home. A proud "carpet commuter," Newton writes that he is amazed by the many lawyers who, despite being intrigued by the idea of working from home, cannot let themselves do it. Many such lawyers, Newton says, believe working from home will be "bad for business" -- which he argues simply shows that "law schools really do not teach lawyers about business, or how to analyze business opportunities."

On the other hand, Newton observes, Congress has now passed a bill requiring every federal agency to establish a policy under which employees will be authorized to work from home to the "maximum extent possible." And he says that studies show that allowing employees to "telework" increases their  productivity and can save companies thousands of dollars per employee.

My sense is that working from home will work much better for solos who are responsible for their own schedules and workload than for lawyers who work regularly with colleagues. The "home" in which you would work out of is also a key factor. In my case, with no detached office space in my home, I would (and sometimes do) contend with four loud-as-hell young children, a Labrador retriever, and far more interruptions than in an office environment. Other "home offices" no doubt have their own unique drawbacks.

Have you ever tried to work at home regularly? Did it work?

Posted by Bruce Carton on July 26, 2010 at 01:08 PM | Permalink | Comments (21)


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