Hi, my name is Richard and I’m a process server from Colorado. I created this simple website to teach you how to become a process server and make at least $200 a day.
There’s nothing to buy here.
Instead, I’ll give you practical advice on how to start your business, find paying clients, and make more money per serve.
Can You Really Make $200 a Day as a Process Server?
Yes! It’s possible to make even more money when you work for yourself and keep 100% of the fees you charge your clients. In fact, I know one process server in NYC who makes $1,000 a day.
Think about it:
If you’re working for someone else and they pay you $20 per serve, you’d need to serve at least 10 papers a day to make $200.
But if you work for yourself and charge just $50 per serve, you only need to serve 4 papers a day to make the same amount of money.
It’s a no-brainer, and there’s never been a better time to become a process server.
- You don’t need any experience or years of education. Most process servers are self-taught and you can learn as you go.
- The overhead is minimal. Unlike most businesses, you won’t need a retail space or expensive equipment. You can start with just your smartphone, a basic website, and a stack of business cards.
- You can even start your business part-time while you keep your day job and go full-time when you’re making enough money.
Ready to get started? I’ve boiled everything down to just five basic steps:
Step #1: Check Your State’s Legal Requirements
First, you need to check the laws and licensing requirements for process servers in your state.
Most states don’t require any formal license or registration to become a process server, and any legal adult may serve civil process. In that case, you can skip to step #2 and start your business.
If you do live in a state that regulates process servers, the requirements are usually straightforward and you can often charge higher fees as a result.
Serve Now has a useful list of the legal requirements for all fifty states here.
Step #2: Build a Website
I strongly recommend every process server build a simple website to promote their business. In fact, you should build your website first so that you can list it on your business cards and marketing materials.
It’s easy, and you don’t need to pay for a designer or expensive platforms like Wix or Squarespace ($15 a month and up).
Instead, you can use a free program called WordPress.
WordPress makes it easy to customize your website with thousands of themes. In fact, WordPress is so flexible and easy to use it powers nearly 1 in 4 websites on the Internet, including this one!
The only thing you need to use WordPress is a good web hosting provider.
I use SiteGround, because they make it easy to install WordPress with just one click, and a year’s worth of hosting is only $47 (they also have live customer support if you need help or get stuck).
Step #3: Order Business Cards
When I first started my process server business, I passed out inexpensive business cards to everyone I knew and got my first two serves in a week!
Choose a basic design and be sure to list your website, email address, and phone number.
I order all of my business cards from Vistaprint.
Step #4: Promote Your Business
The easiest way to promote your process server business is with a website. Even when you’re sleeping or take a day off, your website is up and available to potential clients 24/7.
But the fastest way to get new clients is to introduce yourself directly to law firms in your area. Take a business card and a rate sheet and say hello.
Remember, you’re not a salesman and you don’t need a high pressure sales pitch.
I know an Arizona process server named Bradley who tried this exact same approach and got 13 papers to serve on his very first day.
While most process servers are hardworking and honest, there are a few bad apples out there and law firms always keep one eye open for a good process server.
Start with divorce, real estate, and civil litigation attorneys because they generate the most work. Criminal attorneys rarely need a process server.
Step #5: Get Paid
Once you have your some clients and make a few serves, you’re going to need a way to get paid.
I use FreshBooks, because you can send professional email invoices to your clients with just a few clicks.
Built-in payment processing means your clients can even pay you with a credit card, and the money gets transferred to your bank account.
A Few More Thoughts on How to Become a Process Server
I always caution new process servers not to get bogged down with too many details in the beginning stages of their business.
Yes, you’re going to need to review your state’s rules of civil procedure to learn what process servers can and can’t do in your state.
But remember, as long as you obey the law you have a lot of flexibility with how you run your business and complete your serves.
There’s no boss looking over your shoulder or telling you what to do.
This is your business. You own it. Now go serve some papers!