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July 20, 2018

What is a four letter word you have to use in the presence of a Notary?

Filed under: Humorous Posts — admin @ 9:51 am

Here are some questions to jog your memory.

What is a four letter word you use in the presence of a Notary that you don’t use in an Acknowledgment?
Oath

What is a five letter word meaning to put your stamp’s impression on a piece of paper?
Affix

Which Notary act has no signature and no God?
Affirmation

Which Notary act does the principal signer not need to show up?
Proof of Execution

Which Notary act makes you prove that the principal signer was executed?
None, but sounds like a proof of execution.

Which Notary act does not required signing the document in the presence of the Notary Public?
Acknowledgment

Which Notary act has a signed document as well as an Oath or Affirmation?
Jurat

Which profession has their clients swear without using any profanity?
Notary Public

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July 19, 2018

Attila the HUD

Filed under: General Articles — admin @ 9:49 am

There was was a fierce Mongol named At-tila the HUD. He got so out of control invading different lands, that finally the governments of these different places got together and decided to create a new document called the CD. At-tila was furious once he got the disclosure. Then he died. But, it is estimated in areas that were invaded by the Mongols, at least 3% of the population has a male blood line going back to At-tila, and a prepayment penalty to prove it.

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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 16, 2018

How can new notaries survive without reviews?

Filed under: Reviews — admin @ 9:47 am

123notary used to be a site that was more about placement and certifications. That still matters a lot. But, reviews are king as the most critical analytic for success on our site. The problem is that new Notaries haven’t been around long enough to get reviews. So, how can they compete?

The secret is that you get reviews by doing good work, and then asking people who like you for reviews. You also have to send them a link to your review page. It is possible to get a new review every month or two if you are trying hard. So, why not? Additionally, we have a lot of blog articles about how to get reviews in the marketing section of our blog. So, it behooves you to enjoy this reading material as it will really help you.

New Notaries should also be aware that Jeremy loves to help Notaries edit their notes sections. All you have to do is ask. But, if you want me to edit a blank notes section or one with two sentences, there is no meat to work with. You have to write something substantial and then I can work on it.

So, once again, ask for reviews, write a great notes section, pass our certification test, and work for as many signing companies as you can sign up for.

Also Read – 123notary’s comprehensive guide to getting reviews

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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 13, 2018

A dream about Michelle Obama’s inspirational speech

Filed under: Humorous Posts — admin @ 9:31 am

Can you imagine if Michelle Obama became a Notary? Nobody would complain that she came to an appointment without dressing well. But, what if she gave inspirational Notary speeches? Here is a speech I imagined while daydreaming.

As a Notary Public, there are many forces of nature that you have to deal with. Signing companies, interest rates, the secretary of state, the threat of law suits, and more. You have to hold your head up high and stay positive. You have to do your best when confronted with any obstacle. You have to keep the right mentality — so, here is how we do it.

When they sign down;
We sign up;

When they have the Power of Attorney;
We gravitate the power;

When their identification is missing a letter;
We don’t let that get us down (and also refuse to notarize);

When they cancel an appointment;
We schedule another one (or have a quick bite at Jack in the Box in the $1 menu.)

When they don’t pay us on time;
We bill them on time;

The other thing we do, is the Notary Mom dance. Watch this…. (the dance involves a huge Notary stamp she waves to the left and then waves to the right.)

I am all charged up now. I think Michelle Obama should lead the Notary industry. We’d all be a lot happier. But, she would probably make you know your notary basics which would put many of you out of business. But, it is never too late to learn!

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July 12, 2018

Studying to be Elite Certified is worth $533 per minute

Filed under: Certification & Communication Skills — admin @ 8:21 am

Most Notaries don’t want to bother studying. They are lazy, not well educated, and have a bad attitude in general. Additionally, most of them do not care about their work, don’t care about safety precautions, and most of all don’t care how they treat me. The purpose of being Elite Certified is to prove that you are one of the good Notaries who does care and who represents the top 2% of Notaries in terms of knowledge.

It is unclear how long it takes to study for the elite test. That depends on how much you already know. Let’s say it takes 10 hours to study — what are the benefits if you will be in business for another ten years?

$14 more per signing.
Elite Certified Notaries get paid $14 more per signing based on a poll than uncertified Notaries.

Double your work
I cannot say how much extra work Elite Certified signers get, but their clicks are far higher than the rest, so I will estimate realistically that it is about double.

Before vs. After
If you were getting five signings per week at $100, and you get ten signings per week in the long run at $114. that means you go from an income of $500 per week to $1140, but your expenses don’t go up. Over the course of ten years that is $570,000 in income compared to $250,000 which is $320,000 extra income. So, your ten hours of study netted you $320,000 extra income. Ten hours of study is 600 minutes which means that each minute of study is worth $533 in the long run.

Most Notaries typically make very bad financial decisions. Most of them chose not to get educated. Most of them chose not to try hard at their job or career. Most of them chose and choose not to study hard for my tests. They would prefer to spend time at a birthday party or working for $20 per hour rather than to study for the elite which is worth $533 per minute! If you are having trouble making up your mind, just ask yourself —

Do you prefer 30 cents per minute or $533 per minute?
Most Notaries actions suggest they prefer 30 cents which is exactly what they get if they get paid at all.

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July 11, 2018

I was forced to forge my own signature in India

Filed under: General Stories — admin @ 9:35 am

I remember back in 2005 I went to Bombay to visit a friend. I took the train downtown to cash a few travelers cheques. I have never had an experience this bad and have brought a lot more cash with me ever since. You have to sign a traveler cheque when you buy it and then sign again when you cash it in. My signature was a little different than my normal signature, but not different by much. But, the clerk had had a lot of trouble cashing in traveler’s cheques and he was paranoid. He did not like the differential between my signatures. So, I had to forge my own signature so to speak. I had to practice signing the way I had signed when I originally signed the cheque a few times on a blank piece of paper. What a ridiculous ordeal. My passport wasn’t good enough for him yet it was good enough for airport security. Good God, or should I say Good Krishna?

In any case, I signed the way he liked and got my money.I spent my rupees on apple pie that had been in the same oven as melting cheese and it tasted horrible. I have so many India nightmares I never want to go back again but perhaps I will to see the mountains and meditate there with the Gods near Dehradun. My guru says I need to go where I can see snow in the mountains and meditate there for three days. One day I’ll do it, but not this year, because China is on my mind. Sounds like a Ray Charles song.

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July 9, 2018

How do you handle these phone situations?

Filed under: Etiquette — admin @ 9:43 am

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Notary Situations

and how to handle them.
Notaries should know how to handle these situations, because you can lose clients very easily. Clients do not want to know about your problems or your family. They want you to get a job done professionally. Here are some scenarios Notaries typically screw up.

Screaming kids in the background
You might be used to your kids, but your clients do not want to hear them in the background. If your kids are screaming, train them to be very quiet when you answer the phone or leave the room if they can’t control themselves.

Relatives answering the phone
When you use the, “Hullo???” method of answering the phone, it is impossible to know if you are talking to the correct person. This is unprofessional and makes a horrible impression. Of the Notaries who have lasted on 123notary for ten or more years, very few say hello. The ones who say hello are not professional and generally do not last more than a few years. Everyone who answers your phone has to announce themselves, otherwise get a mobile phone that only you answer. If your three year old answer the phone, this is very unprofessional, however, if they say, “Rutherford residence, this is Brandon” then it becomes more tolerable.

Answering the phone with an alias
If you answer the phone, “Hi, this is Kathy” but your 123notary profile says Andrea and the person says, “May I speak to Andrea.” and you say, “This is her.” This creates a very annoying confusion. The point of having a name is so people know who you are and what to call you. If there are twelve people named John in one home room class at school it becomes confusing. And if you have multiple names that you go by that is confusing. Stick to one name or use an AKA when you answer the phone. “Hi, this is Kathy AKA Andrea.” That way no more confusion.

Answering the phone at a restaurant
If you answer the phone while at a noisy restaurant, it is best if you are able to step out within seconds of answering the call. The first thing you must do upon answering is say, “I am at a busy restaurant and I apologize for the noise. I can step out if you need to talk to me.” If you don’t keep in mind that nobody wants to hear the background noise and have you continually saying, “what, what what?” every time they ask you something, then be considerate and professional and either don’t answer the call, or step out quickly upon answering. Or text the caller and let them know your situation.

Having a bad phone
If you have a bad phone with bad reception, don’t keep making the other person repeat themselves and then yell at them telling them they are breaking up. That is unprofessional and rude. It is YOU that have the bad phone and it is YOU who is breaking up, not the caller. So, invest in a better phone with better reception otherwise you will lose a lot of clients and will have nobody to blame except yourself.

In a signing
Don’t answer the phone only to tell the other person you can’t talk. That is just plain rude. If you can’t talk, don’t answer. If you do answer, give the other party 90 seconds before you get short with them — hear them out, and be considerate. After the clock strikes a minute and a half, then let them ,know that you cannot talk any more because you are at a signing.

Between signings
If you just got out of a signing, are between signings or are on your way to a signing and refuse to talk to someone, that is rude. If you are at a signing, there is a reason not to talk long. But, if you are between signings and someone calls about business and you tell them you are busy — then, they will have to call you back, but they will reach you at another signing when they call back. If you are impossible about talking to people you will lose half your business.

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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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