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June 20, 2018

Should 123notary sell background screening?

Filed under: General Articles — Tags: — admin @ 9:39 am

Notary Background Screening

We normally like selling items with a high profit margin otherwise our time gets zapped for minimal profits. Carmen doesn’t work for free and her sales commission could eat up profits from selling books from other vendors or other acquired products. Then, the credit card companies want their fees. And then there is shipping, handling, and charge backs on 1% of our average sales, but perhaps more like 2% of new sales. I guess background screening doesn’t have shipping thank God, but you do have to get people’s information and shuffle forms around. For this reason, I am not doing background screening at this time — maybe later.

But, do you guys think we should sell Notary Public background screening?

The other issue, is that NNA and Notary Rotary sell good background screening. We just refer people over to them. NNA offers good one stop shopping and Notary Rotary has advertising, supplies, and more. It seems very efficient to get background screening through these other companies. If we offered it, how would we differentiate ourselves from the competition? I don’t even know anything about it and wouldn’t know where to begin. But, maybe one day I’ll learn.

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June 16, 2018

$14 more per signing

Filed under: Certification & Communication Skills — admin @ 8:20 am

We have learned through a poll that we administered a year and a half ago that 123notary Elite Certified members make $14 more per signing than those who are not 123notary Certified. They also get more title company work and get close to double the work in general. If you are tired of not getting paid well and want to up your education, 123notary is currently offering free education for signing agents. You can read our study guide.

Elite Certification Study Guide
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=20118

30 Point Course
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=14233

Notary Public 101
http://blog.123notary.com/?cat=4561

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June 14, 2018

Do you talk back to people?

Filed under: General Articles — admin @ 12:06 pm

Is it a good business practice to talk back to people? Notaries argue and talk back to me all the time. Do you do this with Title companies? I suggest that you do not talk back to influential people in this business, because they can remove you from their list or write you up as being difficult and rude.

People are relentlessly rude to me, and then accuse me of being rude. This has become a regular occurrence and is completely unfair to me. How can I be expected to treat you fairly when you treat me like garbage? I expect that if I ask a few professional questions that you will answer like a professional instead of the predictable whining and arguing.

This behavior is unacceptable and I mark people up every time they are difficult with me. It is very difficult to move up the 123notary ladder if you have been marked as obnoxious or antagonistic. I start calls being polite. After you drive me up the wall multiple times by being difficult about answering questions — that is when I lose my temper. I have to talk to over a hundred people per day and half of them are difficult in one way or another. Think about how difficult it is for me to tolerate this completely unprofessional behavior.

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June 7, 2018

Is it safe commissioning people with no training?

Filed under: Legal Issues — admin @ 12:01 pm

I feel that it is not safe to commission a Notary with no training. Most states do not bother to train, test or check up on their notaries. Some of the notaries learn on their own and others don’t. But, there are many horror stories as a result of the governmental negligence. Does anyone have any horror stories about this?

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June 6, 2018

Reminder — login to your listing and update your notes

Filed under: Business Tips — admin @ 11:59 am

Notaries,
Please login to your listing. There are many things to do on a regular basis.

1. Update your # of signings
2. Update your notes to include the new things you have learned and done in the last few months if they are worth reading about.
3. Ask for a review from your new and favorite clients. It is better to ask them right after they tell you how great you are.
4. Get on the list of some new signing companies and call some of the old ones who hired you.

Good luck and try to be regular at maintaining your presence!

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May 31, 2018

Cramming and forgetting before your quiz

Filed under: Certification & Communication Skills — admin @ 11:02 am

I learned this the hard way. I thought that because I do not forget notary knowledge that the rest of the world also does not. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. The Notaries who passed our certification test in the past passed either by having someone else take the online quiz for them, or by gaming the system taking the test multiple times and memorizing the answers without understanding the concepts.

For my purposes, I want 123notary certified members to always be at the top of their knowledge. If you are in business for 12 years, but only know what you are during the night before a quiz and the day of the quiz, but not for any of the other days during that time period, then your knowledge is virtually useless. I want you to be an expert at all times.

So, now, 123notary will be quizzing certified members every year or two, or how ever often is necessary. The problem is that people are not studying enough, and in many cases, not at all. So, if you are 123notary certified, keep studying. Notary Public 101 is a great free course to study from.

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May 21, 2018

Names for Notary Businesses with Commentary

Filed under: Business Tips — admin @ 8:15 am

Notaries love to read about names for Notary businesses. Some names are geographical, some are funny, and some get you in trouble. Others sound cliche and a few are catchy. Here are some names we see and a few we made up for fun.

Notary 4 U
Now there is a name that works well on an email address.

Signatures 4 Less
Sounds like a bargain

Notaries R Us
Sounds like a Toys R Us commercial. Affidavits are in aisle three.

Seals on Wheels or Notary on Wheels
This on is popular.

Seal the Deal Mobile Notary
Talk about getting things done.

The Notarizer or The Noterator
I think Arnold has registered this name already.

Have Stamp Will Travel
Brings back memories of the old West.

What’s Up Docs
This signing service ended up not doing that well. People thought their name was goofy. But, Bugs Bunny liked it and that’s all that matters to me.

A1 Notary Services
Try this service out when Worcestershire Notary Services is busy!

Notary 90210
Great service, but discounts are probably not their thing in that zip code.

Notary Now
On a busy day, they temporarily change their name to Notary Later.

Jesus (pronounced Hey-soos) & the 12 Apostilles 24 hour Mobile Notary
“We’ll get the job done come hell or high water.”
Sounds like a great name for a Hispanic Notary & Apostille / Authentication Service.

Vampire 24 Hour Notary
“We are Vampires and never sleep. Our price for a Jurat is half a pint of blood with a straw.”

Right on Time Mobile Notary
If you worked for Domino’s Pizza you’ll have an in getting a job from these guys.

Prestige Mobile Notaries
I think the 90210 is still a better idea. Don’t say it — show it…

Royal Notary Service
I’m sure this is where Queen Elizabeth gets her Affidavits.

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Choosing a name for a business license

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Deceptive Identities – Companies that change their names

Deceptive Identities – Companies that change their names

Stealing a Business Name

Stealing a Business Name

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May 17, 2018

Contacting the authorities

Filed under: General Articles — admin @ 10:53 am

Many people ignore the requirements on 123notary such as logging in and passing our Notary test. Some people get their listings paused by us too for these reasons. Many people are treating me as a criminal or scammer simply because I have rules and standards for quality control on my site.

Why should I get blamed for your dysfunction any more than the meter maid should get treated like a criminal for writing you a parking ticket when you have been in a one hour spot for three hours.

Listings on 123notary are for one year unless specified otherwise. However, there are terms that you agree to at the time of sign up. These rules are not hidden. They require you to check a box saying you read and agree to the conditions.

What a few people have done is to go to the BBB after I have removed their listing. I ignore the BBB as they do not represent better businesses. They represent customers who whine when they are not happy with how they have been treated But, if the customer violated our terms and conditions it is not my wrongdoing. The result of contacting the BBB is that I ignore the complaint as it amounts to nothing more than glorified harrassment and the listing does not go back online.

As Notaries, it is not unreasonable to ask that you are experts at all aspects of Notary work (and none of you are) and that you have a good notes section on your listing and login every 120 days. I ask very little, and my conditions are rarely met. When I remove Notaries, I only remove those who did not login for 120+ days but also who had horrifying quiz scores with us or a severe communication disorder. I do this to protect those who use our site, because if they get the worst notaries on 123notary, they will remember us as a site with horrible people.

If you don’t like our terms and conditions that is fine. But only advertise with us if you will comply, otherwise it leads to a lot of trouble for all of us.

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May 14, 2018

Clear communication is essential

Filed under: Certification & Communication Skills — admin @ 11:04 am

If you quiz with us for certification, read this. We will be quizzing you on a clock, and if you give roundabout answers, or make us repeat ourselves many times, you will run out of time. So, practice answering questions with concise and accurate answers that are completely clear and do not require clarification.

Many Notaries quiz with us. However, when they describe notarial acts, I cannot make sense of what the Notaries are saying. Here is an example.

ME: What is the difference between an Acknowledgment and a Jurat.

NOTARY: In an Acknowledgment you Acknowledge that the person signed and that the document is true.

ME: First of all, WHO is the YOU who acknowledges what person? Second of all, in an Acknowledgment, you are not verifying that anything is true, but only that it was signed. Here is a better definition:

In an Acknowledgement, the SIGNER acknowledges that they signed the document. The Notary does not acknowledge anything, but CERTIFIES (by virtue of filling out the certificate) that the signer acknowledged signing the document, personally appeared and was positively identified.

NOTARY: Oh…

ME: If you have two signers each signing three notarized documents, how many journal entries would you create?

NOTARY: If you have three signers signing how many notarized documents?

ME: We are really not paying attention here. What you did is called scrambling information here. Two signers each signing three notarized documents.

NOTARY: Are the documents all the same?

ME: No, there are different documents, hence the fact that there are three of them.

NOTARY: Oh, then one for each.

ME: One for each what? I asked for a number not an inconclusive statement.

NOTARY: One for each document.

ME: Once again, I asked for a number and did not get one.

NOTARY: You’re mean.

ME: Well you don’t answer questions the way they were asked which is exasperating for the other person who is trying to fill out a form with room for a number, not a story. For the last time, how many journal entries would you create?

NOTARY: Can you repeat the scenario.

Do you see how stupid this question and answer session is. If you act this stupid, nobody good will hire you. If someone asks you how many — give them a number. If someone asks a yes or no question, give them a yes or no, and not a long ear bending story.

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May 9, 2018

Elite Certification will benefit you for the rest of your life

Filed under: Certification & Communication Skills — admin @ 8:19 am

It sounds ominous, but could be good too. Like if it were a goose that laid golden eggs. How can one possibly get such a goose? Easy — from 123notary!

Many Notaries say, “I studied already, why do I have to study again?” The answer is that in any profession, to keep you up to the highest standards you have to keep studying. And we have raised our standards and want to raise you with our standards. In the old days, we only asked a few questions to elite certify people because we were not organized about that particular test simply because so few people would take it. Now, we are giving it for free to many, and asking several dozen well organized questions falling into several categories. But, let’s do a cost and benefit analysis.

Cost – Free, but you need to invest 5 hours
It might take a few hours to study for the elite quiz. However, it does not cost money now. We used to charge $179, but now it is free, and lazy Notaries are not jumping at the opportunity because they want to get paid for services when they don’t understand what they are doing (despite their claims of being an expert.) I quiz people all day long and only 3% of you guys know what you are doing regardless of how many decades you have been doing Notary work incorrectly or illegally.

Just review basic notary acts and procedures. Review which documents cover what topics. Review the advanced elite topics in our study guide. It is not that hard and you can learn it.

Benefits
1. Elite Certification is something you can keep for life. We might want to do brush up quizzes from time to time, and you might have to review, but it is given with the intention of being a life designation. Whatever studying you do will benefit you with this icon for the rest of your career — day after day, month after month, year after year. You will get more money and jobs for the rest of your career.

2. Make $14 more per signing.
A poll of three hundred Notaries revealed that those who passed our elite certification made $14 more per signing than those who were not 123notary certified. Most Notaries complain that they don’t get paid enough and that they want to find a way to get paid more. Meriting the pay by proving your knowledge is the key. Our elite certification is highly prized and will get you more pay

3. Get more work
Those who are elite certified get a lot more clicks to their listing and a lot more work. I would estimate that they get close to double the work and more money per job. That translates into perhaps triple the income after expenses are paid such as car, printing, phone, etc.

4. Get favors from 123notary
We don’t always do people favors, and sometimes we do unfavors if you don’t login for 120 days (I’m sure you heard about that.) But, Elite Certified Notaries are a special breed, and if we can find a way to raise them up the list, we will. I am not promising anything, but we regularly reward Elite Certified members.

5. Get more respect from title companies
Title companies prefer our Elite members. If you are tired of signing services, get elite!

6. Legal safety
Most Notaries are not aware that being a Notary has legal liabilities. Some of the liability comes because of fraud or misunderstandings that can happen to you that is beyond your control. However, a lot of the danger that happens to Notaries happens because they do not take safety precautions in their paperwork, nor do they follow the law in many instances. Our elite program helps you be cautious and law abiding which could save you from being a witness or defendant in court. Being subpoenaed to court happens to 15% of full time Notaries eventually and is more common that you think. Reduce the chances of this happening to you by being safe and taking all the possible precautions.

7. Knowledge and pride
Most Notaries are proud of themselves thinking that they know it all when they know close to nothing. Having our Elite Certification proves that you are in the top 2% of our Notaries and really know your stuff up to a very high standard. You can feel pride based on real knowledge and not on an arrogant misconception of knowledge.

Elite Certification can change your life. It only takes a few hours of study. I assure you that it is more than worth it.

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