Posted December 11, 2019 in Education
On the surface, process serving might seem easy. You knock on the door, deliver the papers, and you are done, right? From far it. Upon closer inspection, process servers face challenges on a daily basis and the only people who really understand these challenges are other process servers. Whatever issues you may face as a process server, online communities, such as Facebook groups or Twitter conversations, help support and encourage you as well as grow your business. While there are many more, here are five benefits to getting involved in an online community.
If you are just starting out as a process server or you want to add a new service to your business, finding a mentor to show you the ropes can help you learn extensively and effectively. There are many benefits to having a mentor, but one of the most important is that you have someone you trust that can give you reliable and helpful advice whenever you need it.
Even if you are a skilled process server and do not need a mentor, you should consider finding colleagues with whom you can discuss the industry. They may have ideas, insights, and assistance that improve your business. Their different experience provides solutions, no matter how long you have been serving papers.
It does not matter if you are new to the industry or a seasoned veteran, sometimes you have questions about a serve that cannot even be answered by a Google search. Maybe it is how to handle a specific situation or what the laws are in a certain area. In such cases, especially if you do not have a mentor, a community is a nice option to turn to. Even if you do not get an answer, you often find others who are struggling with the same thing.
Challenge laws or rules
Most of the time, laws and regulations are there for your own safety and it is good for you and those around you to respect and follow them. But in rare cases, laws do more harm than good, especially when it comes to a service that lawmakers are unfamiliar with the day-to-day realities, like process serving. Having an online community gives you a place to sound off your concern about the impact of a law and discuss with others that might feel the same. It also gives you a space to create and sign petitions, and organize meetings if you feel driven to do so.
Process serving is potentially a dangerous business. The people you are serving can get violent or a job can place you in a seedy part of town. If something does happen, it is good to have the support of people who understand the industry. Whether it is seeking donations, finding resources, or asking for advice, you are likely to find someone who can sympathize with your own tough situation within an online community.
Online communities specifically for the safety of process servers exist. Process servers created Erin’s List to allow servers to inform others of violent individuals or sketchy situations. If you are on the fence about joining an online process serving community, consider that there is a chance your safety is improved with community information.
Network for business
Running the business side of process serving comes with its own set of challenges. Figuring out licensing, tax forms, and marketing tactics are often overwhelming for someone who is not as familiar with running their own small business. In an online community, you can not only get business tips from people who have already been there, but you can get resources that will help. From necessary classes to someone who can refer clients to you, networking is an important part of running any business.
How to Find an Online Community
For some, it is as simple as entering process servers into Facebook’s search bar. There you can find groups with as many or as few members as you need. You can also find groups that are more or less specific to specialized aspects of the job. ServeNow has a Facebook group of process servers from all over the nation. You can also find groups run by national and state associations. It also might be helpful to follow process servers on Twitter where they will often share their own perspectives and experiences.