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September 20, 2018

How much business do you get these days?

Filed under: Marketing Articles — admin @ 10:19 am

Back in 2004, business was booming. Then, in 2008-2011 it slowed down. 2012 was another boom year. Then it has been very slow ever since with refinances being so far and few.

But, how is business these days? What I really want to know is:

1. If you are 123notary certified, how many new clients or jobs do you get per month from 123notary?
2. If you are not 123notary certified, how many new clients or jobs do you get per month?

I realize now after nine months of cleaning up my certification and doing quality control on my site that the industry only values quality control a little bit. But, Google values my blog a lot a bit. So, I need to spend more time blogging and less on quality control it looks like. Or perhaps I should say that more time doing blogity control makes more sense. I enjoy blogging so maybe that is a good idea.

But, let’s be positive. Interest rates go up and down, so if they go down next year, we might all gets tons more business. Also, laws and practices change, so perhaps Notaries will be needed for many more types of signings unrelated to loans!

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September 15, 2018

Compilation of posts about Notary Business Names

Filed under: Marketing Articles — admin @ 11:21 pm

Here is a compilation of posts about Notary Business names, and names in the signing business in general.

Names for Notaries to name their children
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=21044

Names for Notary businesses with commentary
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=20765

Names for Notary businesses that can get you in trouble
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19064

Geographic notary business names
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19060

2012 – Notary business names
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=2302

Deceptive identities – signing companies that change their names
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=1090

Choosing a name for your business license
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=7103

Silly names for notary businesses

Grandma’s notary service & Paralysis notary service

Registering a business license
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=742

Stealing a business name
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=2660

You could get sued if you don’t have a business license
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=7100

The California Secretary of State has a list of acceptable nicknames for notarization.
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=15883

Two guys with the same name; One cashed the other guy’s check!
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=16102

The ID says John Smith
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19953

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September 3, 2018

Inappropriate phone behavior

Filed under: Marketing Articles — admin @ 10:14 am

Many of you love to criticize me of having inappropriate phone behavior. But, I am not involved in customer service. I do quality control. Being nice in my job description comes last in a long list of other requirements. But, you guys are service providers and have to be nice to me, Carmen and the people you work for whether they are the hiring party, borrower, or related parties.

There are many types of behavior that are just completely unprofessional and it just bothers me that there are so many unprofessional people on this site. Here they are. I make a call to someone and they say,

Why are you calling me on a Sunday? (whiny voice)
If you were a high paying company, would you deal with a rude whiner if you had a choice? The answer is no, and that is why so many of you are being low-balled

Do you have any idea what time it is? (antagonistic voice)
I call people between 9am and 9pm their time unless they advertise later hours. If it is 8:30 pm at night it is not too late to call. And if you don’t want to talk on the phone, why answer?

Sorry I can’t talk, I’m in a signing.
If you are in a signing and make it a practice not to talk during signings, then don’t answer the phone unless it is the Lender or Title. If you do answer the phone, give them 90 seconds before you cut them off. It is rude to open the door and then slam it in someone’s face.

Who are you?
After I explain who I am and why I am calling, many less intelligent people with poor listening skills ask me all over again (usually once the timed phone quiz has begun) and reverse the questioning. Instead of me asking them five questions, they ask me five questions and then waste my time and then claim that they are not interested in answering my questions. I don’t give my time to those who waste it. If you give signing companies a hard time, the only ones who will continue to use you will be low-ballers.

Could you repeat that?
Everybody needs something repeated from time to time. But, some people need to have me repeat everything I say. Do they have a bad phone line or are they just brain dead or not paying attention? Pay attention when you get a professional call, because nobody good will bother to deal with you if you are a pain in the neck.

Try to act considerate and professional. If you cannot, then don’t answer the phone!

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Notary Marketing 102’s guide to Phone & Communication Etiquette
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The Notary Profession is a Profession — act like it is!
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Some of you people have a few screws loose
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19473

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August 7, 2018

123notary’s tutorials raise test scores by 30%

Filed under: Marketing Articles — admin @ 10:05 am

123notary has embarked on a campaign to raise the general knowledge of Notaries. However, since most Notaries prefer to skim educational materials rather than learning the knowledge cold, it is hard to get good test scores from our Notaries. As a measure to deal with this problem, we began tutoring people back in November 2017. The result was that those Notaries tutored by Carmen or Jeremy improved their scores by 30 points normally from 40 to 70, or 50 to 80. My question is, why not 100%. This is your career and your job. Why not be a master of it?

If you have a high placement on 123notary you have the right to request tutoring from the staff at 123notary. If you have a free or regular listing, you can always pay a small fee for tutoring and that could really help your career and keep you safer. Notary knowledge is not just because it is an arbitrary requirement. Notary knowledge protects society from careless mistakes a Notary could make and from fraud.

Not knowing what you are doing as a Notary can lead to end up being investigated for mistakes, ending up in court, or accused of a crime by government agencies. There is no reason for this. By knowing your job inside out, you can reduce the danger to yourself, society and clients. It only takes half an hour with us and some more time reading and could save you from a nightmare. Good luck.

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123notary 2018 Certification Standards
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=20120

Compilation of Certification Posts
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=16264

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August 6, 2018

Why you should consider getting 123notary Elite Certified.

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Notary Certification

from 123notary!
At the time of this article being written there are only about 100 Elite Certified 123notary members. Elite Certified members get a lot more quantity of work, and get paid roughly $14 more per signing than someone who is not 123notary Certified. So, why would someone pass up more work at higher prices, isn’t that what we all want? Actually not. What people really want is to not have to study — and that is where the problem lies.

Standards for passing our Elite Certification have been raised and that is why it is so highly prized by title companies. You have to be good as a notary, signer and have some obscure knowledge about documents and the industry to get Elite Certified. In any case, here is some data about our Elite Certification.

1. Elite Certification is FREE for now.
We used to charge $179 for Elite Certification. Since we have recently changed our educational and testing requirements, we are allowing people to pass our test at no cost. However, you do have to study and very few can pass because the standards are high.

2. Get more $$$
Elite Certified members on 123notary get paid $14 more per signing than uncertified members. If you are complaining about not getting paid enough, your complaint will change to being paid too much. And that is a nice thing to complain about. You won’t know what to do with the additional income you have. But, I can help you with that. You can invest that in more advertising with 123notary!

3. Get a lot more attention from Title & Escrow
Title companies love 123notary because we have better quality control for our Notaries than other sites. They especially like our certified and elite members as well as people who are top on the list in their area as they are the cream of the crop in the Notary industry.

4. Impress others with your knowledge
Knowing more about the industry will impress people, especially when your knowledge is more solid than anyone else which will basically be true if you can pass our test. People pay more for knowledgeable, experienced and dependable people. But, they don’t pay more for people who fallaciously claim to be knowledgeable, experienced and dependable. Self claims of greatness are inexpensively bought credibility, but our Elite Certification is a highly prized mark of credibility that comes from an unbiased judge of ability — me!

5. Be safer as a Notary
Notaries who don’t know anything (97% of Notaries to be exact) are a danger to their clients, society and themselves. Not knowing how to handle notary situations prudently, not keeping your journal correctly and not knowing how to fill out forms correctly in all cases is not only negligent — it is dangerous and can get you sued, or forced to be a witness in a long drawn out court case, fired, investigated, or in some cases fed to the lions. Ignorance doesn’t pay, but knowledge can keep you and everyone else a whole lot safer. It is worth the ten or more hours you will need to study to get this icon.

6. Get more clicks on 123notary
Clicks and more clicks translate into more jobs. You still have to answer your phone, print documents and go to jobs, but there will be more jobs and better jobs if you can get this icon.

7. Feel more confident and less afraid
Many Notaries have a sense of dread, because they don’t know if they will run into a situation they cannot handle. Earning our Elite certification will have taught you how to handle a wide variety of problems common to Notary work. You might not know everything, but you will know pretty close to everything.

8. Get favorable treatment from Jeremy and Carmen
We both have the highest respect for our Elite members. They are smarter and we are very aware of that. We also respect their motivation as motivation is a scarce commodity these days. We are more likely to promote Elite members with discounted upgrades and special deals on additional counties (no guarantees, but this is our practice.)

Summary
Get treated like a king or queen, make more money and get recognition by virtue of your rightfully acquired knowledge. Nothing should be holding you back from being Elite Certified by 123notary for FREE. All we ask is that you take the studying very seriously, and study with the intent of mastery rather than just skimming the materials. Study and review and quiz yourself on every aspect of the information at hand. If you get less than 100% on a self-quiz, you will not do well on our quiz. But, try it and perhaps you will pass, and if not, you still will have learned something of value.

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Elite Certification will benefit you for the rest of your life
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The elite certification study guide
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Unique phrases from the Ninja course
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July 30, 2018

A Notary sends a bill to a Title company

Filed under: Marketing Articles — admin @ 9:50 am

A Notary who was in high demand made a Title company sign a contract for work. However, the title company forgot all about the contract when it came time to do the job. The contract stipulated that late docs constituted an additional fee of $20, borrowers that read to long, another $50, and there were a few other clauses as well.

When the title company finally got the bill, the bill was $450 for the signing. The head of the title company was so shocked he flew vertically about his chair in his head made a hole in the ceiling.

The damage was so bad they had to call a dry wall expert to fix the problem.The minute the dry wall guy saw the damage, his only comment was, “Well, now you must know how Adolf Hitler must have felt when he opened his first gas bill.”

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July 18, 2018

I heard that someone lost their Fidelity approved because

Filed under: Marketing Articles — admin @ 9:48 am

I heard that someone lost their Fidelity approval because they forgot to bill a Lender? I guess if you forget a critical step in a transaction, that could be grounds for dismissal. I do not know exactly what happened. I heard some hearsay and decided to write about it to see what the feed back would be like.

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July 14, 2018

Your reputation is my reputation

Filed under: Marketing Articles — admin @ 9:53 am

Many Notaries don’t care if they damage title companies financially. Many Notaries brag about how great they are when in fact they know far less than what they need to know. The fact is, that a notary who does not know their basic notary or signing agent knowledge is not only bad for their reputation, but bad for mine.

If I am listing you, companies that find you on my site judge me based on your performance. If you don’t get back to people on time, don’t send documents back on time, or make notary mistakes, or are rude, that affects me indirectly. I don’t like that. That is why I want all of your to study more, and focus on being your best so that both of our reputations will not be tarnished.

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July 7, 2018

Many companies are getting sick of low end Notaries and are willing to pay for quality

Filed under: Marketing Articles — admin @ 9:46 am

The low balling trend has grown and perhaps maxed out so to speak perhaps in 2017. But, there is a new trend to value quality. The problem is that the level of quality that the quality lovers want is so far above what most Notaries can attain, that it is only the elite certified Notaries who gain an edge because of quality. The elite members get paid more, but they had to study and get experience to merit their designation.

The question is, do you want to keep whining for the rest of your career about how slow the work is and how hard it is to get paid well? By being top notch in terms of knowledge and quality, you will attract the companies that desire it. But, you don’t attract this by claiming to be good quality. You gain this by me saying you are good quality, and your customer reviews matching my statement. The ball is in your hands and success is an option. Plus, you never know when the market will swing around and jobs will be plentiful. By working on yourself you will be ready when things turn around.

Please also read – 2018 Certification Standards

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July 2, 2018

Are you the Notary people will wait for or the one who keeps people waiting?

Filed under: Marketing Articles — Tags: — admin @ 9:28 am


The best Notaries

and what they are like
As I see it, there are two types of Notaries. Those that know what they are doing, and the other 97%. A good Notary who impresses people with their knowledge, credibility, and professionalism will inspire people so much that they wait for such a Notary. However, many other types of Notaries keep people waiting on a regular basis and just upset their clients.

There are many aspects of being a good Notary, and we teach this in our blog. There are issues pertaining to how you dress, etiquette, marketing knowledge, technical knowledge of Notary work, knowledge of documents, and also showing up on time.

The difference between the Notary who keeps you waiting and the one people will wait for is as follows. If the popular Notary is busy on Wednesday, the client who is anxious to get the document notarized and mailed in will wait for an appointment on Thursday so their favorite Notary can come and do the job. Their favorite Notary is probably responsible and will come on time for their appointment, but might be so busy that he/she cannot give an appointment exactly when the client wants.

Popular Notaries who inspire trust will be used for complicated signings and simple ones alike. It is human nature to want to hire people who you have a good feeling about. Do you inspire good feelings in your clients?

I would prefer if all Notaries on our site study up on their Notary knowledge. They should study from their handbooks, have all Notary acts and procedures memorized inside out so they can explain them flawlessly. They should know their documents and technical terms too. Only our Elite Certified Notaries can do a good job (but, still not perfect) in this regard. 123notary wants to create a superior breed of Notaries — but, this cannot happen without your support.

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He made $35,000 a month his first year in business!
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