internet is a SOHO lawyer's best friend. We avoid trekking to a law
library, only to find that the book we want is gone. We can communicate
with clients, other lawyers, and witnesses in no time at all. We have supplies
and equipment delivered to the office at discount prices.
Shop the Net.
shopping saves time and money. SOHO lawyers don't have assistants to shop for equipment and supplies. Some of us use the expensive office supply stores, for
the "free" delivery. Online shopping is the only way.
Why drag around town from store to
store when you can buy on the net and have everything delivered to
your door? I even use the net to shop for mundane supplies like
paper, cartridges, and file folders. Check, for example, the cell
phones available at Amazon.
Savings can be
huge. The internet is a very competitive environment, where
comparison shoppers can easily find the best deal on anything. Not
only do you save on the purchase price, but you save big by not using
billable time to shop in stores.
I recently bought a new
printer. It took probably five minutes to enter my order. Two days later, the printer arrived at my door. I
signed for it. Elapsed time -- about six minutes total. I
also saved about $75 on the price of the printer.
Compare that to a trip to the
local mall. At a minimum, I would have wasted an hour and a
half. That wasted time alone would have doubled the price I paid
for the printer!
Once you know what you want, check with three or four sources for the
best price, including shipping. Some vendors will have
"free shipping weekends" or similar specials. Some include
shipping in the price. My printer cost about $14 to ship, but I
paid $75 less for it than if I bought it in a store. I buy mostly from Amazon, because the prices are good and the service is great.
You can save sales tax if you choose an out of state supplier, but here in Washington we have to pay it as use tax anyway.
The $85 savings (about 25%) pales next
to the billable time I would have wasted at "brick and
don't worry much about credit card security. Maybe I should, but
I don't. I shop established online stores which have a lot more
to lose from a security breach than I do.