A lot of people ask, “How much does it cost to become a process server?”
The answer is not a lot, maybe even less than $100.
It all depends on two things:
- First, does your state require a process server license or formal registration? If so, complying with state regulations is often the biggest expense.
- Second, are you planning to get a job or start your own business?
While a job offers a quicker path to income, the long-term benefits of starting a process server business can’t be overlooked.
In addition to the financial security that comes from owning your own business (you can’t be fired), working for yourself means you get to keep 100% of the fees you bill your clients.
There’s no middleman getting rich off your hard work.
Cost to Become a Process Server
Aside the from the expense of state-mandated requirements, the costs to become a process server and work for yourself are minimal.
Your biggest asset is the cell phone you already have. Think of like your office, because you’ll do most of the communicating with your clients from the road.
Of course, you’ll also need transportation. You’ll be spending a lot of time in your vehicle and it should be kept in good working order.
A few other minor expenses to consider:
Any additional equipment you might need, like a portable document scanner or dash-cam (if you choose to record your serves), should be purchased from your profits once you find your first few clients.
Don’t Break the Bank
Resist the urge to spend more, especially from people promising you instant success. It’s all too easy to mistake spending money with actual results.
The best way to build a process server business is slow and steady, even if that means taking some time to build your client list before you quit your day job to go full-time.
In the early stages, your focus should be on marketing, even if that just means handing out a business card at your local law firms and self-help legal centers.
As your client list grows, you can shift to servicing your accounts and expanding your business through professional referrals.