The Good, The Bad, The Ugly of Process Serving!
Before you begin your journey as a process server, it might be a good idea to have a sideline job such as a notary to ensure you will have a little extra income.
You can also use this talent in your business endeavors. Then, move on to discover all you can about the legal system and how it works.
Learn the ins-and-outs of a process server.
The first steps require you to consider what the job will require of you. The job market for a server is extensive since process serving is a requirement of the law.
You have to prepare yourself with the benefit of education and experience in the law process.
Figure out your abilities to serve, process and run a business.
Take a personal and business inventory, so you can decide whether you have the skillset to handle the position. Practical experience with criminal justice and the law is a superb tool for your success.
Consider how your lifestyle will be affected if you become a process server.
You need to understand how much time you must have for the position as well as whether you can withstand the physical and emotional demands that are placed on a business owner. The position is a professional choice, but you must understand your requirements. These are some of the questions you should ask yourself:
The Emotional Demands:
It can be stressful when you are the individual who is responsible for delivering legal documents. When papers are served, the recipient could become aggressive, belligerent, or even suffer from a total emotional outburst. Can you handle that type of emotional stress, possibly, on a daily basis?
The Physical Demands:
It is important to remain in good physical condition if you plan on being successful in your business. The job may mandate extended periods of time either standing, sitting or walking. Are you ready for the challenge?
When it comes to client management, you need to be personable. If you are good working with individuals during bad times, the position may be a good fit for you. Are you quick on our feet with responses from a ‘not so happy’ receiver of bad news?
Your Business Requirements:
It is important to remember you will, in most states, have specific criteria including registration, licensing, bonding, and extensive background checks. Can you qualify?
Examine if process serving meets your financial needs.
Pay scales can range from $25,000 to $70,000 annually. Most servers receive payments from $30 to $250 for each document serviced. For a great example watch the show on truTV called All Worked Up to see a processor in action. (More on this later.)
Each day will be unique. It is a rewarding job since you know you are assisting the court system. Unfortunately, you are the bearer of bad news!