In large law firms, the costs of running the office get spread around. But in small offices, those expenses are the responsibility of the lawyer whose name is on the door. If expenses run high, the solo has a bad month.
So, how does a solo or small law office cut costs? I would suggest that the best way is to “go virtual” or “almost virtual” by cutting fixed expenses, using the web to deliver services, outsourcing essential services, working without a full-time staff, and even eliminating the traditional office.