Being a new process server in this business can be downright Process servers frustrating. You’ve just completed training and are now certified to serve documents. There are loads of process serving companies in your area and no one seems to be hiring for process servers. Or there could be one process serving company local and they happen to have a full roster of servers. To top if off, the local attorneys are completely satisfied with the process server they have. You need to locate a process serving job, but nothing seems to be available. What do you do?
1. It would a great idea to obtain an assumed business name (DBA) and register it with your local county clerk. Use either you home address or secure a post office box for your business mailing address.
2. Draft some business cards with contact information. They add a professional look to your company and are great to have if you happen to encounter a lawyer during your workday.
3. Create a simple, yet informative website. This gives you a web presence and allows potential customers ease in finding you. Attorneys love to submit orders electronically, so having a page within your site that allows for online ordering would definitely afford you an advantage over your competition
3. Perform a search online of all the attorneys within 250 miles of your location. Look for attorneys that have passed the state bar within the past 6 months and are now licensed to practice law. If you are lucky, you will find a few solo attorneys who have not found a process server to work with. Introduce yourself with a succinct letter that states why they should use you instead of the competition, your price rates, and contact information. Try offering a discount or coupon for first time orders to get them in the door.
4. Advertise in all of the popular job searches such as Craigslist, Thumbtack.com, Manta.com, etc. The ones that are free will allow you to provide basic information about your company. Make sure you sign up for Google Places so that anyone that does a local search will see your company and information.
5. Do a search for all national process serving companies looking for independent contract process servers. These tend to pay on a low scale, but at least you gather experience and a testimonial, which can definitely be used in the future.
6. Join your state’s process server association if they have one. This will help you network with other servers throughout the state, and possibly bring business to you down the road. They also provide conferences and newsletters that highlight news about process serving and state laws.
I’ve been there before. It can be tough starting out with no contacts or prospects for business. Following these few steps will do a world of difference in helping you find a process server job.