I served my first papers all the way back in 2005, and I can tell you there’s never been a better time to become a process server.
Yes, the industry is changing with the times and moving in a more technological direction, and some process servers are worried about the impact on their business.
But we’re not exactly talking about rocket science.
If you can use an iPhone app, you can use the technology available to process servers.
And it only makes things easier.
Completing a return of service and billing the client takes just a few clicks, and electronic filing makes repetitive trips to the courthouse a thing of the past.
Then there are new means of service, such as social media.
Savvy process servers are watching closely and thinking of ways to expand their business offerings.
Just imagine being able to serve someone without ever leaving the house.
It’s coming sooner than you think.
A Job is Not Security
Jobs aren’t what they used to be. How many Americans are working longer hours for less money?
Maybe you’re one of them.
And what can you hope for after 30, 40, or even 50 years of giving your life to a company?
A guaranteed pension?
Affordable housing in retirement?
Perhaps you’re one of the lucky few, but for many the future is looking grim.
I’m not saying these things to scare you. We all know times are changing and traditional employers rarely offer the kind of security they did in the past.
So what can you do about it?
Start a process server business.
Unlike most brick-and-mortar businesses, becoming a process server has little financial risk:
- You don’t need an office, staff, or expensive equipment.
- There’s no need to quit your current job until you’re already making money.
- It’s not a fad or get-rich-quick scheme, as the demand for process servers is built into the legal system and isn’t likely to disappear.
And it won’t cost a lot.
I started with the cellphone I already had, a stack of business cards, and a simple website (Site123 has a free plan to get you started).
Yes, it took some time to grow the business. But one serve led to another and soon I was serving dozens of papers a week for big clients.
There aren’t many businesses where you can sell your professional services with such low overhead.
In fact, it was the biggest thing that drew me to becoming a process server.
Here’s the best part:
Once you grow the business it’s something you own. You haven’t worked just to make someone else rich, and you can never be fired.
But let’s be honest, most people don’t have the kind of motivation it takes to break free of the regular grind. They need bosses. They need someone telling them what to do.
They’re better off getting a job and playing things safe.
Which kind of person are you?
No More Excuses
Here are three things you can do today to kick-start your process server business:
- Google other process servers in your area and look at their rates. How many papers would you have to serve to replace your current income?
- Check the legal requirements for process servers in your state (the majority of states don’t license process servers).
- Build a website and list it for free on Google Business.
Start with the first item and work through the list.
The only way to build a business is one thing at a time.