People over-complicate things, like how to become a process server. I’ve read so many wacky opinions and “facts” it makes my head spin.

But if we simplify things, how to become a process server breaks down to three basic steps:

1) Get legal

You gotta know the rules for your state—it’s a big part of the business—and get a process server license if it’s required.

2) Find your first client

Your success as a self-employed process server is dependent on your ability to find clients.

This is something a lot of process servers struggle with. They’re great when it comes to serving papers, but lack the marketing skills to bring in new business.

So what should you do?

Process server marketing letters are a great way to market directly to law firms in your area.

And if you’re serious about growing your business, learn to make a website (it’s not as hard as you might think).

3) Get ’em served

Time to get your hands dirty and serve some papers. As long as you’re following your state’s rules of civil procedure, you’ve got a lot of flexibility in how you approach making serves.

That’s what’s so great about being a process server, you get to make your own rules and learn as you go.

One you’ve got the first two steps in place, step three repeats over and over as you take on new clients and build a business that you own.

How to become a process server in thirty days or less…

Expect to spend some time building your business, but if you want to know how to get started in the next thirty days, here’s what you do:

Forget about all that stuff that weighs new process servers down: badges, equipment, certifications, etc.

Get a free office phone number from Google Voice and forward it to your cell phone.

Order a stack of business cards. Hand one out to everyone you know and pass them out to law firms in your area.

Build a website and grow from there.

That’s what I did, and I had my first client in two weeks.