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January 14, 2020

Where do you get your Notary information from?

Filed under: Best Practices — admin @ 9:29 am

Carmen tells me regularly how Notaries get information from random
sources on the internet or from other Notaries who don’t know what
they are doing. This is dangerous. You are legally responsible for
the notary work you do. If you do your work wrong, you can get in
trouble with your notary division or in trouble with the law.
Therefore, it makes sense that you get your information from reliable
sources.

NNA and 123notary publish a lot of notary information online. We are
generally well informed and well intentioned. But, there are instances
when our information is out of date, unclear, misinterpreted, or just
plain wrong.

Getting information from Facebook groups, or other Notaries is a
horrible idea because I test Notaries, and most of them score about
30% on Notary knowledge. If you are getting your information from
others who would probably score 30%, how reliable do you believe their
information would be?

Get your information from your State Notary Division. They are legally
responsible for publishing information regarding your state’s notary
laws, procedures, forms, etc. Even getting information by phone from
the notary division is risky, because they could tell you anything.
Look for what is in writing for the safest results.

And remember, even the best Notary teachers out there are wrong about
one or two things. I know this because I test them and they are not
always right on certain hard to understand or nit-picky things (such
as credible witnesses for example.) I am sometimes wrong about notary
issues as well, although my track record is quite good overall.

So, get your information from the source itself because you could get
yourself and others in trouble if you don’t. Additionally, many states
have horrible handbooks with very incomplete information about certain
topics. In that case, you can refer to other more reliable sources
like well established notary organizations which might do a good job
explaining some of the less understood notary acts such as Oaths!

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January 13, 2020

Used notary journals for sale on eBay

Filed under: Humorous Posts — admin @ 9:26 am

Just kidding. But, what a great joke. Can you imagine someone’s
partially filled out journal on sale on eBay? What a security
violation! How illegal! Fortunately for the privacy of the signers,
most Notaries don’t bother with taking thumbprints, so their biometric
information would probably not be violated if their journal entries
go into the wrong hands.

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January 12, 2020

A Starbucks signing with two deaf girls

Filed under: Humorous Posts — admin @ 9:25 am

A Notary wanted to meet clients at Starbucks for a caffeinated
signing. I guess the Notary didn’t want to go to their messy home. The
Notary showed up early, the signers showed up late, and the signing
was uneventful.

But, at the next table over, there were two black girls who were deaf,
and a white guy who could “speak” sign language, but could also speak
verbally. Girl #1 moved her hands around to express a thought. Girl #2
opened her mouth in shock. The Notary who saw the whole thing asked
the speaking guy what deaf girl #1 had just said. The speaking guy
translated the sign language used to mean, “Girl, you sign like a
white girl.”

Then the Notary asked if there was a black way of signing and the
speaking guy shrugged and said he didn’t know, although he found the
situation very comical. I bet Oprah would find it interesting too!

JOKE: What language do signings agents speak? Sign language!

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January 11, 2020

Jeremy lowered his triglycerides to 161, but how?

Filed under: General Stories — Tags: — admin @ 9:28 am

I just went to the doctor. I am proud to say that my triglycerides are
the lowest they have been in my life. They peaked at 333 many years
ago. I have been keeping them below 200 for a few years. But, on my
last visit they were only 161. How is this possible you ask? I lost 16
pounds between doctor visits by doing lots of lots of long walks. I
walked for three miles a day for a year, and then stepped it up to
eight miles a day average for a few months. Walking is a great way to
lose weight and is very healthy, but takes a long time. Losing weight
helps with controlling triglycerides.

However, the other huge contributing factor to my “tri” loss was
salmon. Sure, wild salmon is better, but it also costs $25 a pound and
I cannot spend money that way. So, I get the sustainable farmed
Atlantic salmon from Whole Foods. They cook it for me. The high
Omega-3 content drives good cholesterol up which helps to reduce bad
cholesterol, and in addition helps to get your triglycerides down low
too. I was having three filet servings (roughly 4 ounces each) a week
for half a year, and having some salmon before that. I went 18 months
between doctor visits, so a lot happened in that time.

Salmon tastes good and has many health benefits. It is high in
protein, low in cholesterol, high in Omega 3, has vitamin D (hard to
get in regular food), B12, and a lot of other vitamins. Tank farmed
salmon is toxic, but net farmed ocean salmon is somewhat healthy. Wild
is the best though because it can swim more freely and eat natural
food sources.

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January 10, 2020

Some Facebook groups are speaking favorably about 123notary

Filed under: Social Media — admin @ 9:27 am

I remember back in 2017 I was testing Notaries by phone. Many were
complaining very loudly. There were Facebook groups that would bash us
daily just because I wanted to have quality standards. Most Notaries
claim to be great, but without testing them it does not make sense to
take their word for it.

In any case, I heard that recently (in 2019) Notaries are saying nice
things about 123notary on a few Facebook groups. It’s about time! All
I do is work hard to maintain quality on my site! I stopped testing
people by phone in early 2018, so hopefully people will forget about
how unpleasant it is.

The real problem with the testing is that people did not want to be
tested, and furthermore, they mostly did not know the answers. We test
now by email and most people just don’t respond. But, those who do
respond have time to think about the questions and answer them at a
time that is favorable to them. Many people learn something answering
my questions too.

Notary Public 101 is a free course I created that is on the blog. It
is free and you do not need a password. Learn all about notary
procedure, confirming appointments, handling tough situations, and
more. You need to know this information anyway, so try to set apart
some time and master it.

123notary strives hard to benefit Notaries even if we are tough
sometimes. If we are demanding it is for a good reason — so we can
please the users by offering them the best quality notaries possible.
Thanks to those who say nice things about us on social media.

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January 9, 2020

People impostering 123notary. What can I do?

Filed under: General Stories — admin @ 9:24 am

There are a few people pretending to be 123notary. Sometimes they try
to sell you something or get information. When I call notaries after
they have been bothered by imposters, they don’t want to give me
information because they are afraid I will ask for money too. Since
when am I responsible for what some strangers do, and what can I
possible do to stop these rascals? I inform them that I never asked
for money and that it was you.. the notary who brought the issue of
money up, not me. But, some Notaries just like to be difficult and I
end up removing them for being jerks.

Even if some rascals bother you, you still have to be nice when
legitimate calls come in or you get into trouble and lose your free
listing, not that you care. But, some free listings generate a lot of
business so you should care.

If you are in doubt as to the legitimacy of a potential scam caller,
email us at info@123notary.com to see if the person is legit. We
sometimes hire girls to do calls for us. However, we do not have new
girls ask for money. If we have Wendy or Adine call you, they will
refer you to Carmen (who you all know or at least should know) to
process the transaction as a general rule.

Verify sources and don’t give money to strangers. Check people out if
you don’t know them.

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January 8, 2020

Being a comedian is similar to being an athelete

Filed under: Humorous Posts — admin @ 9:22 am

Being a comedian is similar to being an athlete. An athlete could fall
and have an injury which might takes months to heal. But, a comedian
might tell a bad joke and his pride could be hurt for years. A Notary
is in a similar situation. For California notaries, the test you have
to take every four years keeps getting harder. Some keep failing it
time after time. It looks like all of these professions have more in
common with each other that we previously thought.

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January 7, 2020

A Notary in Nevada made $10,000 in one month in 2019?

Filed under: Marketing Articles — admin @ 9:22 am

Yes, it is possible to make money as a Notary in 2019. Our other
articles about successful Notaries were mostly from 2013 or before as
business was not fast from 2014 until mid 2019. But, this Notary did
90 signings and made $10,000 in a single month. And yes, her primary
advertising is on 123notary.

She is full of energy and enthusiasm. She had eighteen months
experience, so she was not seasoned by any standards. Additionally,
she did not drive more than 20 miles in any direction. She got roughly
half of the work from 123notary too.

It is always refreshing to learn about a new notary who is doing well
in 2019 as it was very slow for so long. Most of the Notaries who make
the big money have years and years of experience. So, how can newer
Notaries do well? Being very businesslike, answering the phone,
maintaining your listing information, getting reviews, and advertising
with a high spot on 123notary.

I hope to hear more stories like this.

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January 6, 2020

The Notary Dating Show — notarized edition

Filed under: Humorous Posts — admin @ 11:16 pm

Welcome to the Notary Dating Show. I’m your host Jeremy! Tonight we have a fun crowd. Sam wants to meet a nice female Notary, and we have three choices for him tonight. We have Shelly, Vicky, and Cathy. All of these ladies are Notaries and have a lot of experience as well. Let’s introduce Sam!

JEREMY: Sam! Welcome to our show!

SAM: It’s great to be here. I have never been on TV before. I’m so nervous. I cannot meet a nice girl to date no matter what I do. I just have nothing in common with anyone.

JEREMY: Well you have come to the right place! Because the girls we are introducing you to are all (pause) Notaries!

SAM: I’ve always wanted to date a Notary. I’ve heard so many good things about Notaries.

JEREMY: You’re also a Notary, right?

SAM: Yes, but I never meet other Notaries, only signers. You know how it is.

JEREMY: Good point. Well anyway, here is our first contestant — Shelly!

SHELLY: Hi Sam, I have my first question for you. Have you ever notarized anyone in a helicopter?

SAM: No, but I’ve heard that the motion of the propellers would make the notarization a lot smoother.

SHELLY: Well if you go out with me, you can try notarizing me in a helicopter on our way to Catalina Island.

SAM: What county is that? I need to know for the venue.

SHELLY: That is still Los Angeles County — don’t let the buffalo fool you.

SAM: You can pay me back by buying me a buffalo burger after the show.

SHELLY: Deal. They are high in protein, just like me!

VICKY: Hi Sam, I am Vicky. I wanted to know if you have ever notarized an arsonist.

SAM: Funny you should mention that, although there is nothing funny about arson. I notarized a guy multiple times who blew up his apartment. Then I got a call from a young Asian couple. They said they had to serve on Jury duty for a guy who blew up his apartment. I said it wouldn’t happen to be Fred, would it? Their jaws dropped. Small world. I could count the number of times I notarized him on one hand — but, not one of my hands, one of his hands, because he is missing a few fingers.

VICKY: Wow! That is so messed up, but intriguing. I have never heard a story like that before. So, how did you thumbprint him?

SAM: I had to use an index finger and document that fact in my journal. Too bad we can’t do retinal scans, although I think he blew out the sight in one of his eyes as well.

VICKY: Good God. I guess mama was right when she told us not to play with matches.

SAM: My mama always said — don’t play with matches or Notary seals. You never know what the consequences might be.

CATHY: Hi Sam. I have a question for you. Have you ever notarized someone in the back seat of your car?

SAM: I think you could get arrested for that, especially if your windows are not tinted. I notarized a bunch of people on the trunk of my car. One was pissed off at me, but I couldn’t find a parking place, and was in a hurry. I said if you want it notarized, this is how it is going to get done.

JEREMY: Very good Sam. You did an excellent job answering everyone’s questions. Now you can pick your favorite girl and ask her a question.

SAM: I pick Shelly. Shelly, have you ever notarized someone on the floor?

SHELLY: I’m not that kind of a Notary! But, someone asked me once. I was not easy kneeling with the journal out on their dirty floor. I had to move the signing over to the kitchen counter which was even more filthy. Some people ain’t got no class. I mean really.

SAM: I had an experience like that once. Have you ever gone out on a blind notarization?

JEREMY: Sorry, Sam. It is one question per contestant in the second round. But, if you want to ask more questions, write down a list of questions and ask Shelly out on a date. That’s right, because your first non-blind date has been scheduled for May 15th at a restaurant called Affiant. They specialize in comedic French food that is a little tongue & cheek, and your first course will be Japanese inspired robata beef tongue (seasoned & grilled to perfection) with a side of pork cheek cooked in a wine sauce slowly for 24 hours since you both have a 24 hour Notary service. Hope you don’t get called for a last minute job in the middle of your cheek. Then, you will have a free pass to West Los Angeles’ rock climbing gym where you can both make fools of yourself and have lots of fun doing it. See if you can pass for spiderman — we can supply outfits upon request. Just don’t pull a tendon, if you lack experience that is a common injury — oh, and bring plenty of chalk.

SAM: That sounds like a wonderful plan Jeremy. I think that unlike my previous relationships, it is better to start my relationship on the rocks, and then work it out from there rather than ending up on the rocks after a smooth beginning.

SHELLY: My thoughts exactly. I challenge you to a 5.11

SAM: A what?

JEREMY: That’s a particular level of climb. You’re not going to make it buddy, but enjoy it. Don’t worry, she’ll show you the ropes!

You might also like:

Notary dating & romance from A to Z
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=17451

Will & Grace – the mini notary seal
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=21165

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January 5, 2020

Snapdocs losing business to zigsig, and signingorder.com

Filed under: Signing Company Gossip — admin @ 9:20 am

When Snapdocs got popular back in 2015, I thought that was bad news
for us. However, there are other businesses copying Snapdocs’ style
which is bad news for Snapdocs. Fortunately for me, 123notary’s style
of running our directory is less high-tech, and more based on me
having knowledge of the business. Someone can buy into a notary
business or directory, but they cannot buy the knowledge of notary
work or directory analytics that I have. Or so I think…

Copying Snapdocs’ style sounds expensive, but if you have the
programming budget and the technical knowledge you can do it. It looks
like multiple agencies are doing their own version of Snapdocs.

So far, nobody has created anything at all similar to 123notary, at
least based on the behind the scenes working of our directory. Maybe
the angels are protecting me.

I personally do not know anything about those competing with Snapdocs.
I only know what their affect on our business has been. Queries for
lower paying jobs are down on 123notary as a result of Snapdocs. I
don’t know how long they will last, but with the new competition it
will be a lot harder for them. High placed listing sales are also
down, but that is more due to the depressed market of 2014 to
mid-2019. Now things are picking up a bit in late 2019. Perhaps it
will stay busy. The mortgage rate predictions of the experts suggest
so.

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