I was playing a seemingly innocent game of notary monopoly. There is really no such thing, but for the sake of a creative article — there is. I passed “Go” (the 30 day mark), collected $200, and proceeded. It was all going so well until I landed on Chance and had to pick a card. Of all the luck, I picked the “Escrow Officer from Hell” card. The most “unluckiest” card in the whole deck. In real life when you meet a bad Escrow Officer you lose time and get a huge headache that you remember years after the fact. But, in notary monopoly, you simply lose a turn — which is symbolic of your lost time. Then, you pay a fine of $300 to symbolize your headache. Not a fair comparison, but this is a board game and this is the best you an facsimilate these conditions. So, I lose a little time and lost a little money. Life is like that.
Then, I landed in a place where I could buy land, and then build a hotel. It is analogous to purchasing a top spot on 123notary. It might be expensive, but when people “land” on your hotel, you might get a good job from a Title or Escrow company, hence, making your investment worth while. In real life, you can purchase a spot on 123notary whenever you like. The top spots are not always available, but you can always buy the highest available spot. Monopoly is a little different. So, I purchase the land and planned to save up for a hotel. If I passed Go a few more times I would have the money.
I thought life was good until I landed on the Certification spot. I started screaming, “I don’t need your dumb certification, I’m already certified by the NNA”. It didn’t do any good. I lost $100 and got Certified. In the game you don’t actually have to study to get certified which is kind of nice because in real life you do. Little did I realize how helpful this would be to me in the future. I landed on the Income Tax spot, lost $100, and went around the block a few more times. I saved enough money and was just about to purchase my first hotel, when I landed on the Elite Certification spot. $300??? Don’t I have enough redundant certifications already? I couldn’t buy the hotel — and I was mad!! But, there was a rule that I hadn’t read about in the rule book. If you are Elite certified, you get a 30% discount on your hotel since you have more credibility. Hmmm. Now, I can afford that hotel I was dreaming of. So, I purchased my hotel in “San Francisco” and started saving up for Phoenix, AZ and Miami, FL. I guess I’m thinking like a Nationwide Signing company would operate if they were buying spots on 123 notary — a little here — a little there.
After dozens of more rounds, my competitor Frank had purchased Dallas and Riverside, and I had lost most of my money paying hotel dues. The maids at his hotel were very aggressive too. When the clock struck 10:57am they started pounding on the door yelling, “Check out’s at 11”. The game kept going on forever. Frank and I had almost the same quantity of hotels and nothing seemed to make either of us win or go broke. Finally, luck was in my favor.
Frank stumbled upon the Chance spot again. He got the, “Signing gets delayed due to readers, and can’t make it to the next signing on time” card. That set him back a turn. Then, he got the “Traffic is bad, you get to the signing late” card. I was lucky and got the, “Get a great new client who pays you $1000 per week who found you on 123notary” card.
Then, my luck turned for the worse. I landed on the “Your seal got stolen” spot and then wouldn’t you know it — I landed on the Go to Jail because you were busted by the Secretary of State spot. I had so much bad luck, I had to sell Frank one of my hotels and he eventually won the game.
The moral of the story is that the signing business is just like monopoly. Strategy is only 20% of the game. The rest is luck — generally bad luck. Here are some more of our cards you might want to avoid.
Seal got lost
My Journal got stolen
Signing company didn’t pay you for notary work
Get a great new client who pays you $1000 per week from 123notary
Go to Orange county
Notary Signing gets delayed due to readers, and can’t make it to next signing
Traffic is bad, you get to signing late
Signer changes mind and doesn’t want to sign
Information not consistent with what the lender said, signing cancelled.
You forgot to update your listing = go to jail
Jail signing, go to “a” jail, but not “to” jail and make $200
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