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June 23, 2020

Do you have a favorite pen?

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I have never written about this partly because I do not use pens much. I personally like the Pentel RSVP fine.

Carmen likes the Uni Balm Gel Pen fine. She also likes the Pilot G2 which also is a gel pen. Both come in blue and black.

Jeremy’s comment – Players like it because it’s fine. Also, keep pens in stock because they run out of ink, break, and you will probably lose them over time.

What about you guys? What do you think?

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May 16, 2020

Do you prefer texts, calls, or emails?

Filed under: General Articles — admin @ 9:50 pm

I asked Notaries on our blog which they liked. One Notary said that on Snapdocs, the first to answer the text gets the job regardless of the quality of the notary. One Notary gets mostly emails and liked that. Some are old fashioned and prefer calls.

The way 123notary is set up is that people get mostly calls and some emails, but no texts. I guess we have a niche in the market and it is an old school niche for better or worse.

The bottom line is that if you are slow by email, someone else will get the job. You have to be fast in your response rate to whatever medium you use. Personally I have no idea what I would like if I were still a Notary so I will refrain from commenting. Phone calls are annoying if you are doing other things. But, texts offer you the opportunity to silently respond unless you are driving. Using the phone while driving without a hands free might be illegal but you can do it and probably not get caught. Texting on the road is deadly and should not be done no matter what unless you pull over.

So, what medium of communication do you guys prefer? Please leave your comments. Thanks.

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April 28, 2020

A notary dies and sees his whole life flash before him

Filed under: General Articles — admin @ 9:33 am

We don’t always think about dying. I think about it when I am on a plane because I get paranoid during turbulence. Other people get paranoid during notarizations — what if I die while affixing my seal? But, this story is about a notary who dies.

Joe the Notary was on his last day. He drove to his notary job, drove home, had dinner and then started dying. His life flashed before him like it does in a movie, but without the special effects.

Joe was dying. Not from indigestion, although the burrito was a little to spicy. He was just dying. Angels appeared before him. He saw all of the bad deeds he had done which included quit claim deeds. He saw all the times he backdated and learned that he would be judged in heaven for those wrongful things. He also saw that he has not been paid for a handful of signing companies and that they too would be penalized on the other side. He saw his wedding, his wives, kids, mistresses and concubines. Yes, Joe had been a bad boy. Nobody knew except for the folks in the brighter world who keep tabs on these things. He saw his birth, salient childhood memories, the day he learned to tie his shoes, the day he learned to wipe in the bathroom and the day he joined the football team.

Yes, Joe had lived a good life. But, now he would be judged for backdating. Why is like so cruel… or should I say, afterlife? Afterlife’s a bitch!

So, he was sent to backdate purgatory. It was not hell, not horrible, but not heaven either. It was a particular karmic realm where people who fudged dates were sent. He was scheduled to be sent there on the 10th, but delivered on the 9th while the paperwork said the 10th. Joe asked what was going on — the clerk said, “karmic retribution sir.” He was scheduled to have dinner at 6pm but it was served at 9pm but on the form it said 6pm. Joe would be punished for three years in this realm. It really wasn’t that bad, but the dates and times were routinely fudged. Hmmm.

So, if you are thinking about committing notary

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April 23, 2020

Are you intimidated by a title?

Filed under: General Articles — admin @ 9:25 am

I sent a newsletter out with the title: “Your notary stole your private information and sold it.” Many notaries emailed in stating that their stomach turned when they saw that title.

First of all, nobody other than a spammer or blog writer would use a title like that. Second of all, you ARE the notary, so nobody would warn you that another notary stole your information.

On the other hand, if a Title company BCC’ed a borrower telling the borrower that you, the notary, stole their information and sold it — that would be scary. But, how would they know And if you didn’t do that, why would you be scared when you read the title?

So, if you are afraid reading this above stated title, does that mean you are guilty of having done something fraudulent in the past? Or do you just have an abnormally high sense of paranoia?

Please understand that as a blog writer I have to pick topics and titles that will get my content read otherwise I get ignored and would have to shut my blog down. Thanks.

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April 10, 2020

Substitute teacher pay vs. Notaries

Filed under: General Articles — admin @ 9:09 am

Who gets paid more and why — substitute teachers or Notaries? Sub teachers in Los Angeles make up to $190 per day. Notaries make $50 to $150 per job depending on the job. But, how many jobs can a notary get?

On the other hand, sub teachers could teach at night school and make another $100 per evening and rake it in. Should Notaries get paid more than subs or vice versa? If you think about it, the job is quite simple. You tell people which page to turn to and read. The only difference is that children generally don’t have to sign anything they read which is why they often don’t take it seriously.

If you do a good job reading the documents in your loan, do you get into a better college or get a better rate? It doesn’t work that way, but it is a fun analogy.

What if Notaries could get a daily pay? That would be nice. In real life there is no way to coordinate that unless they were going to be in-house notaries. Hmmm.

Sub work is more available than notary work these days, but on the other hand Notaries encounter less spit balls which is a nice perk to the job. And on a brighter note, subs still get paid if the students college loans don’t fund.

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March 16, 2020

Book knowledge vs. real life knowledge

Filed under: General Articles — admin @ 8:20 am

At 123notary we think people not only need book knowledge, but real life knowledge. The problem is, you can get book knowledge from a book, but where can you get real life knowledge from? Also from a book!

Notary Public 101 has a section called Real Life Scenarios that discusses real life situations that are snags in signings that can cause a lot of trouble if you mishandle them. We teach you step by step how to understand these situations intimately and not screw up.

You can also get a lot of real life experience from doing lots of jobs or talking to other Notaries out there. You don’t have to learn the hard way unless you want to.

So, how much is this valuable knowledge that we are selling that covers the majority of sticky signing situations? It is free and it is only our blog and it was created for your benefit.

Notary Public 101 is a free course that all Notaries should read. It does not cover state specific rules or all rules for Notary Public. We go over information that is commonly confused by Notaries that can cause ignorance or confusion and trouble down the line. You will fee like a safer Notary if you master the contents, so invest zero dollars today and become an expert.

Investing your time in education has a payoff much larger than doing actual work. So, devote a small percentage of your professional time to mastering knowledge, reading blogs, and taking tests. You won’t regret it, but your competition might.

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November 30, 2019

What do people like about being a mobile notary?

Filed under: General Articles — admin @ 5:59 am

There are many reasons why someone would become a mobile notary. There are also other reasons why a person might continue to be a mobile notary. Here are a few.

1. Work your own hours
Are you tired of the 9-5 hussle and hassle? Working your own hours is great. You can also do other gigs between notary jobs, or take other gigs when there normally aren’t any notary jobs. You can also work a part time or full time job and keep doing signings.

2. Drive
Some people were born to be on the road (again). If you love to drive, being a mobile notary will keep you busy. You can work on the road, eat on the road, and just remember not to sleep on the road as that might be dangerous.

3. Meet new people and then notarize them
It is like being in the armed forces. Go to foreign countries, meet new people and then kill them. Instead of killing them, you notarize them — it’s the next best thing — trust me. You will meet people from all walks of life. You will know every end of the spectrum of middle class (boring) as well. Just like a snobby British upper class lady once said, “A marriage made in middle-class — how pedantic.” And then the sarcastic New Yorker said, “She could have done worse.” So take your pick. You can also meet criminals, kidnappers, arsonists, frauds, strippers, porn actresses and more. But, for the most part you will meet very “pedestrian” middle-class Americans who are so boring that you should have a cup of Joe before the signing to ensure you don’t fall asleep. On the other hand if boring is your thing — you will meet the right demographic. On a brighter note, if you live near a fun town like Santa Monica or Hollywood, you might meet more fun people.

4. Deter fraud
It brings meaning to my life to be part of reducing the amount of fraud in this world. Fraud creates uncertainty and suffering and the angels would prefer that we keep our world clean and orderly and that is why I believe they chose me to run this directory as I try to keep things ship shape. Notaries who are thorough make it very hard for frauds to get away with anything. Using that raised seal embosser on every page of every document you notarize, checking ID’s carefully and thumb printing makes it hard to do anything suspicious.

5. Reading our blog
Some Notaries like being a notary just so they have a legitimate excuse to read our zany blog. Yes, the comedy articles on the blog make the whole nightmare of being a mobile notary all worth it in the end. Laugh your way to success.

6. Money
Believe it or not, some people make good money in this profession, or at least used to. And others make a good supplement to their income too. If you are efficient allocating your time, you can make good money at least on an hourly basis. You should see what Carmen rakes in for very quick jobs taking less than an hour from door to door.

7. Retirement
Being a mobile notary is a great way to spend your retirement. It is hard to work full-time as an elderly person, but as a notary you can work as much as you feel up to it.

8. A good job after you have been in Mortgage
If you were in Mortgage for years, being a mobile notary is a natural continuation as your knowledge will carry over to a particular extent as a notary.

9. Stamping
Some people find it theraputic to stamp things, and as a notary, that is what you do every day. It might make you feel official.

10. Reading up on legal aspects
Being a Notary means you have to read up on the legal aspect of being a Notary Public. You need to know all of the identification procedures and all of the various notary acts. There is a lot to know and many people enjoy learning the legal distinctions. And then there are others who are so afraid to commit UPL that they fail to learn Notary law themselves and end up committing crimes out of ignorance on a daily basis. You might like giving Oaths too — I swear! Hmmm.

So that concludes my little article on why you might like being a mobile notary. I hope that you all now see the positives in your career and don’t regret being in this profession.

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Is prioritizing a skill a notary should have?
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13 ways to get sued as a notary
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November 28, 2019

What would make the notary profession better?

Filed under: General Articles — admin @ 5:57 am

Notaries get together on the forums and complain about the profession. Sure there is a lot to complain about, but what can be done to make the profession better? Also, if it is so bad, then why do you stay in this industry — are you stuck here?

1. Less fax backs.
Perhaps it is necessary to check people’s work, but if someone has done x amount of error-free signings, shouldn’t they be able to get away with not faxing back every page?

2. Faster pay
There is no reason to make Notaries wait 60 days to get paid. Payment should be within 30 days with no exceptions.

3. Borrowers who are more fun
Personally, I’m tired of meeting people like the Smiths, or the Jones who are just plain plain. Boring! I want fun signers like comedians, criminals, world travelers, acrobats, etc. I would pay to notarize borrowers who were actors who would be a little more fun.

4. Better blog articles
I’m doing my best people. You could write some material too and share it with the group on our blog. Why do I have to do all the work?

5. Less traffic
Sorry, that is out of my control. But, there is a guy named Scotti who can beam you up!

6. Shorter packages
How about a loan that is three pages. You would be in and out in minutes. But, in the real world that will not happen.

7. Faster printers.
How about a printer that can print 200 pages in four minutes?

8. Cheaper paper and toner.
Not in this lifetime.

9. Fun courses
If we could have live seminars with lessons taught with comedy, that would be much more fun than our blog course and online courses. But, it is too difficult to get people together in the same place at the same time, so try to deal with what you do have.

10. Better pay
But, if there were more money, there would be much more competition and 99% of you would be weeded out of the game. So, be careful what you wish for.

The end!

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I’m a high end notary in a low-ball world
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Will the election help the notary industry?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=22267

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October 29, 2019

Was the document lost by Pack N Ship or by Fedex?

Filed under: General Articles — admin @ 11:49 pm

Back in 2012, a package was lost. A notary delivered it to a Pack N Ship place. Personally, I had a box of checks missing from a mail box place. I went straight to the police who couldn’t help. Perhaps they got thrown out. Not sure.

But, I digress. So, the Notary could not figure out whose fault it was — was it Pack N Ship or Fedex who lost the package. Hmmm. If there was Fedex paperwork for the package then there would be more to go on. Tracking numbers can tell a story of how far the package went in many cases.

So, the poor Notary had to go to his 100 year old signer all over again and sign again. What a pain. I bet that took forever.

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October 14, 2019

Testimonial from William Ponsot

Filed under: General Articles — admin @ 11:27 pm

William Ponsot writes
123notary.com provides a resource unequaled anywhere, including snapdocs… and i refer people to the site almost every day because people looking for a notary in their area can usually find one on this site simply by zip code.

Sheila Speckin writes
I just made a magnet for my car that says “Find me on 123notary.com!

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