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September 19, 2007

If You Are Considering A Home Office - One More Reason to Say, "Yes!"

The average American wastes nearly 40 hours per year stuck in traffic (that's not the normal commute...this is in addition to the commute!) and that's just to work...not optional driving.

The nation's drivers languished in traffic delays for a total of 4.2 billion hours in 2005, up from 4 billion the year before, according to the Texas Traffic Institute's urban mobility report. That's about 38 hours per driver.

"Things are bad and they're getting worse," said Alan Pisarski, a transportation expert and the author of "Commuting in America."

"We've used up the capacity that had been bequeathed to us by a previous generation, and we haven't replaced it," Pisarski said.

The study summed it up this way: "Too many people, too many trips over too short of a time period on a system that is too small."

The study estimates that drivers wasted 2.9 billion gallons of fuel while sitting in traffic. Together with the lost time, traffic delays cost the nation $78.2 billion, the study estimates.

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About three-quarters of all commuters drive alone to work, according to census data.

The Los Angeles metro area had the worst congestion, delaying drivers an average of 72 hours a year. It was followed by Atlanta, San Francisco, Washington and Dallas.

As I've said before, home office lawyering isn't for everyone.  But if it is something you can swing or truly desire, this makes the argument even more compelling.  What would you do with up to an extra 72 hours not stuck in work related traffic delays? Stay home, save time, money and...the planet.

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Peter Olson

I'm making the jump to home office at the end of the month. I don't drive to work so not really a driving issue, but primarily bottom-line dollars. What I've found is simply I don't meet with persons in my office in-person more than 1-2 times per month. For those few of meetings more than $1,000 per month in rent isn't worth it...we'll just use an office on an hourly basis when we need it.

Susan Cartier Liebel

Peter,

This is exactly right. You are seeing a trend here. It's not just about your overhead, either. It's about the client's willingness to come to you...clients, I have found, are inconvenienced beyond the initial consult to go to a lawyer's office. They don't want to spend the time, money or hassle. Imagine if we could do video teleconferences for all meetings with clients that get recorded and put in our work files??? And, yes, when there is a meeting required do it a la carte at a virtual facility or, if it requires involvement from the other side, at their second wave expensive office.

Congratulations on the change...for all the right reasons!

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