Is your firm considering opening a new office in the near future? If so, here are a few of the lessons I’ve learned while making my many relocations:
- Do your research. If you are venturing into a new geographic region, there are many things you should research before you make the move, including your competition, typical billing rates in the area, the employment market, the types of salaries your potential clients will make, and the candidate pool for new hires.
- Relocate or hire key staffers. Evaluate whether any of your current employees might be open to relocating. When we opened a satellite office for a Big Four firm in the Los Angeles market, the managing partner allowed us to hand-pick our staff and seniors to ensure that the transition was smooth and the probability of success was higher. But if such transfers aren’t practical for your firm, your priority should be to hire a key employee (generally a manager) who has many connections in your new community and can assist with recruiting, practice development, and community involvement. Consider using a headhunter to help you find the right person.