Whether it comes in the form of a client audit, requests for increased security precautions, new technology requirements for your association or the need to adhere with new licensing laws, compliance can come at a cost to the process servers. Change can be challenging and disrupt workflow, and any advancement will have an effect on the process server. Understanding the reality of these effects and how to incorporate new requirements into your day-to-day operations without sacrificing quality is crucial.
One of the biggest effects on process servers is the cost of complying with new registration requirements, requests from clients, and software needs.
Before we delve into it, remember that there is a two-fold definition of cost:
- The amount that has to be paid or spent to buy or obtain something.
- The effort, loss, or sacrifice necessary to achieve or obtain something.
Here, we break down some of the costs, whether monetary, indirectly affecting the bottom line, or a non-financial sacrifice to achieve compliance. This will help you understand what to expect and how to manage the changing needs of your business.
Registration and licensing costs
Being compliant with registration and licensing requirements set by your state or regulating body is one of the most important aspects of staying up-to-date with requirements. The cost of compliance in this scenario can come in a variety of formats: licensing, registration, and application fees, bonds, software subscriptions.
Since California requires process servers to register with the county clerk, this means an expense of around $280 – $330 total. This is based on a:
- $142 registration fee
- $85 fee for fingerprinting
- Approximately $49 – $99 to obtain a $2,000 bond,
There are a few reasons process servers can encounter software costs associated with compliance. Your client may be asking for further transparency, which has slowed down your process and requires a lot of your time. You may have received a request from a client to use particular software, or, as part of your compliance, you need to spend less time on the phone with clients and managing your business.
Software can be the solution for myriad costs associated with compliance. Something as simple as using the right affidavit for the matter in line with the requirements of the court falls under the umbrella of compliance. Some clients may ask for GPS coordinates on service attempts or secure data backups. This, too, requires software.
There is a range of software available for process servers, depending on what is most important to you and your business. Many companies offer pricing by jobs with packages for low volume, high volume, and everything in between.
Expect to pay: $29-$219 and beyond (more…)