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November 5, 2018

How to make more money as a signing agent during these sluggish times

Filed under: Comprehensive Guides,Marketing Articles — admin @ 10:52 am

Notaries are always asking how they can make more money as a signing agent. The answer is that you need to have a step by step process for attaining your goal instead of just wishing (and probably whining.) Most Notaries do not apply themselves and do not have a written marketing plan. Many Notaries read our courses, but the reading is more of skimming and is more for entertainment than for mastering the materials. This wishy-washy approach to a profession is not professional, and that is the key problem. If you do not take this career as a profession, you will not succeed.

1. A professional attitude.
Most Notaries describe themselves as “professional,” but you need to do more than just claim to be professional. You need to understand what the term means intrinsically. Being professional first and foremost means that you are a master of your trade, that you know the ins and outs, and that you spend time reading and mastering the concepts of your trade. You don’t just master some of the concepts, but all that are applicable in your state with no exceptions. Other aspects of being professional include responding to emails with quality answers, being polite, well dressed, doing a good job, etc. Being professional is not rocket science, but requires an attitude of professionality which very few of you have. Taking this business seriously is the prerequisite of being professional.

2. A mastery of skills
Most Notaries think they know everything they need to know about this business and then take offense when I try to ask them anything. I ask questions because I know that 97% of Notaries on my site do not know what they are doing up to a professionally acceptable level. The chance that you are a member of the knowledgeable 3% is exactly 3%. However, if you don’t have our certifications, then the chance of you being in the knowledgeable 3% is less than 1% to be mathematical. 123notary has published free courses for Notary Public basic knowledge, Signing Agent knowledge, and now a Notary Marketing 102 course for your marketing knowledge. I suggest you master the materials for all three. My sales rep Carmen helped someone print out the contents for the first two courses and it was more than 100 pages. I had no idea it was so long. I put these courses together quickly as the knowledge was already in my head.

I suggest studying Notary Public from the NNA as they have a Notary Essentials course and other Notary courses. Your state Notary handbook is another reputable source of knowledge as well as other state created materials, blogs, newsletters, etc.

If you are not a master of all aspects of being a Notary Public, you could not only do poorly in business, but you could end up in jail, get fined, sued, or fired. Not administering Oaths when required to could end up in a felony conviction so don’t treat this profession as a joke because it is a legal support profession and it is dead serious and so am I.

3. Paying your dues
Many Notaries want the high class and high paying work, and some of them get it. But, you have to pay your dues first and then the high paying work will come more and more. You need to do thousands of assignments for low paying companies before you have experience. Additionally, you should be paying attention to every detail of your job during these several thousand jobs including how you communicate on the phone, solving problems, notary issues, and knowing your documents.

4. Certifications
Certifications mean less in 2018 than they meant a few years ago. The industry has steered away from knowledge. However, our Elite Certification still means a lot to the industry and to me. If you want to get ahead on our site, you need to earn this certification.

5. Communication & Attitude
If you communicate well over the phone and have a good attitude that helps a lot. Most people in this industry cannot communicate well and don’t care.

6. Advertise widely
You need to have a high presence on 123notary in many different counties. You need to be on the other directories, yelp, google local and yellow pages as well to do well. It is hard to get a lot of business, so let your existence be known.

Summary
There are many things you need to do to succeed in this business. Most Notaries do the minimum and a few do some of the things you need to do to be successful. You need to be disciplined and do all of the things to succeed an then you can make good money in this industry. Additionally, things will swing around and the industry could become more profitable any day. So, don’t assume times will be lean forever.

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Notary Marketing 102 – a comprehensive guide to Notary marketing
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19774

123notary’s certifications will get you more business than before
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19642

How can new notaries survive without reviews?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=20057

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October 7, 2018

Index of best posts about Notary Marketing

Filed under: Compilations,Marketing Articles — admin @ 2:48 am

Here is our index of best posts about Notary marketing

Notary Marketing 102 — a comprehensive course
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19774

Best marketing resources for Notaries
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=16322

10 rules for negotiating notary fees
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19620

Links to posts about Snapdocs
http://blog.123notary.com/?tag=snapdocs

$300 in 13 minutes. How Carmen cleans up in the Notary business
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19284

Which notary directories get higher paying signings?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19201

If you were hiring a notary, what would you look for?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=16750

Strategies for efficiency in the Mobile Notary business
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=18913

How to write a notes section if you are a beginner
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=16698

For background checks, NNA & Sterling come recommended
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=18835

A comprehensive guide to Notary pricing
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=16504

What is a high placed listing on 123notary worth?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=16720

Which is more important?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=17522

Does knowledge matter any more as a signing agent?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19887

Answering the phone and then not wanting to talk
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19640

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

Following directions – what’s the big deal?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19600

The 24 hour icon and what it means
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19455

How do Notaries decide what a fair fee is?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19236

How to make a good first impression
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19130

You want to get paid well as a Notary, but do you merit a good rate?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=16687

Do you appear more professional if you have a website?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=16710

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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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Notaries just get worse and worse
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19712

Following directions is more important than you think
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19608

Winging it as a Notary
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19644

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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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You might also like:

Notary Marketing 102’s guide to Phone & Communication Etiquette
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19764

The Notary Profession is a Profession — act like it is!
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19598

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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You might also like:

Elite Certification will benefit you for the rest of your life
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=20770

The elite certification study guide
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=20118

Unique phrases from the Ninja course
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=14690

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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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