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April 1, 2019

Compilation of best posts by guest bloggers

Filed under: Guest Bloggers — admin @ 7:43 am

Here are our best posts by guest bloggers

WRITTEN IN CONJUNCTION WITH ANDY COWAN

Trump – Making American Notaries Great Again
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=17023

Introducing the 2019 Notaries!
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=21147

A Notary goes Public on Shark Tank with Shazamdocs!
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=18943

Comedic Notary Pricing from Apo-steal-of-a-deal to Zilch (not getting paid)
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=18941

MY BIG PHAT GEEK WEDDING
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=17053

Shark Tank – Notary Escrow Pal
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=16009

A Seinfeld Episode About a Notary
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=10208

CARMEN’S POSTS

Attorney’s bullying Notaries – when does it end?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19383

SnapDocs, who is it and what is it?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19333

#1 Notary Error
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=18956

Please answer your phones and check those emails
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=21274

My stolen identity and the fraudulent notary seal
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=20753

Oath, what Oath?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19628

Lets stop undercutting each other
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19381

Please don’t quit your day job just yet
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19385

Million Dollar E&O?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19336

KEN EDELSTEIN

A job declined
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19979

Notary for a USA presidential candidate
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19148

Notary of the future
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=18952

Get the special jobs
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19106

Notary email tools
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19150

Now is the right time to become a signing agent
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=21039

Are you practicing law by drawing a signature line?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=21033

Do a half fast embossing
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19981

The automatic repayment form
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19708

My reply to a vague incoming email
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19704

Ken’s list of things Notaries goof on
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19427

Which statement is a true statement?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19421

Notary also a witness
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19415

A call from a cop
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19410

Get off your butt
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19408

Initial notary contact check list
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19423

When you are in a hole – stop digging
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19340

My next notary visit is free
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19298

The Power of Attorney was rejected
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=18954

When you really don’t wanna take the job
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=18962

Unsubscribe
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19031

Power of Attorney Notary Processing Mistakes
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19031

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March 24, 2019

So the Mobile Notary Well has gone Dry

Filed under: Ken Edelstein — Tags: , — admin @ 2:51 am

I usually don’t date my scribbles. Rather, I try to write what I perceive to be “eternal” truths. Wow, that sounded pompous; even for me. Well today is March 11, 2019, and the calls are down. Not “down and out”, but significantly lower than a few months ago. I don’t know or care about your political leaning; and I’m certainly not going to share mine. Though it probably would result in some interesting comments!

What to do when the well has gone dry? Basically there are only two real options. Ya dig another well or move on to where water is plentiful. If you can think of a practical and creative third alternative please enter some constructive and informative criticism of my analysis.

Dig another Well

Very few of us are likely able to provide “revenue for a family” from mobile notary revenue. I’m not talking about the “higher ups” who get a slice of many pies. I’m referring to the “rank and file”, the troops in the field who actually stamp, emboss, administer the oath and sign. We are legions of “side gig” entrepreneurs eking out a modest supplemental income. I suspect many of us are retired and use the signing fee for a modest night out. Probably a goodly number are youth who eagerly expend major effort, using their endless energy for usually small rewards.

There are many ways to dig that supplementary well. You can knock yourself out distributing business cards and seek the direct calls. Some will take the gamble and pay highly per click. Many will up their visibility by seeking better placement on notary directories. But, as I see it; these strategies, while valid; are chasing the limited demand. Being different, or more accurately, doing different IS digging another well.

Most mobile notaries run their business the same way; no matter what. I have had emails that state “I enjoy processing loan packages and don’t want to do anything else”. OK, you have chosen to starve, certainly in the current notary signing agent environment. Diversify is the word. You have to use your notary standing to offer to do many things. Learn to do fingerprinting, to process Apostilles, Letters of Protest, obtaining birth, death, marriage, divorce and how to work with educational documents. There are many other “authorities” granted to you by your status as a notary. The more you know how to do, the greater your chances someone will hire you.

Move on to the Water

Your status as a notary is an “edge” you have making you more desirable in many functions. Of course you should still market yourself as a mobile notary – great extra income when it fits into your schedule. But, quite frankly it’s not a gold mine currently. That may change – but probably not soon. So, take a real job; one where your notary skills can be an advantage. Use some of the “real job” revenue to maintain your current advertising and directory listings. I can picture some rural lawn signs: “Notary Public and lawnmower blade sharpening”. IM(not so)HO probably the worst thing you can do is chase the 35 dollar edocs. Do the math; there is virtually no profit. Face the reality, be flexible, ADD a few additional skills; notary skills – of course; but don’t limit yourself to solely notary income. When you dig that new well you just might strike oil!

You might also like:

Snapdocs — are the jobs just too far away?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=21003

The art of the decline to new jobs
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=15783

Will the next election help our Notary industry?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=22267

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March 21, 2019

A tour of Notary Cafe reveals that business is slow based on job stats

Filed under: Advertising — Tags: — admin @ 10:25 am

My last visit to Notary Cafe was depressing. A handful of Notaries were dominating market share. The others were getting almost no work. Some got zero jobs in the last three months. Others got one or two. How do you make a living with such bad odds?

The Notary Cafe stats show how many jobs you got in the last 12 months and in the last 3 months as well. It is a good marker for, “What have you done for me lately?”

A lot of Notaries are just hanging in there in hopes that things will pick up. I feel that 2019 and 2020 will be good years for Notaries. I don’t know why I feel this. I have no evidence. It is just a gut feeling. I also feel that Snapdocs will slow down in 2019 and 2020 and perhaps leave the industry. But, I might be wrong. We’ll have to wait and see.

On the other hand, Notary Cafe probably counts for about 5% of the signing agent work out there. So, if people don’t get work there, what does it really mean?

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When did Notary Cafe become decaffeinated?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19238

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

Current signing company gossip (string)
http://blog.123notary.com/?tag=gossip

Good signing companies – a thorough list
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=21091

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February 28, 2019

Notary Services Near Me

Do you ask yourself, “Where can I find a Notary near me?” The answer to your quandry is closer than you think. 123notary is a mobile notary directory. You can find a Notary who will come to your home, hospital, jail cell, airport, or office whenever you want. We have Notaries who speak Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese and a host of other languages as well.

Or, if you prefer to go to a notary office, you can use google local, or yelp and find plenty of Notaries near you.

It helps to talk to UPS stores and general mail box stores. They often have a Notary. Insurance and law offices normally do as well. Realtors are often Notaries too. I personally recommend Google and 123notary.com as search tools to find a great Notary Public.

If you want to learn more about the Notary business, you can visit our links below:

Notary Public General Information
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=20075

Notary Comedy Articles
http://blog.123notary.com/?cat=3241

Jail Notary Information
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=21349

How much does a Notary cost in 2019?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=21308

Notary Public 101
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19493

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February 21, 2019

How many years is a Notary commission good for?

How long does a notary commission last? How many years is my notary commission good for? How many years is my term of office as a notary public?

The answer is that it varies from state to state.

An Alabama Notary commission is good for 4 years

An Arizona notary commission is good for 4 years

Arkansas notaries are commissioned for 10 years.
A California notary commission is good for 4 years.

A Colorado Notary commission is good for 4 years
A Florida notary commission is good for 4 years
An Illinois notary commission is good for 4 years

Louisiana notaries are commissioned for life and have the hardest training program of any state.

A New Jersey Notary Commission is good for 5 years
A Pennsylvania notary commission is good for 4 years
A Texas notary commission is good for 4 years
A Washington state notary commission is good for 4 years

But, some states have an unusually short term of office for notaries like Delaware which is only a 2 year term of office.

Some states have a short term of office, while others have a longer one.
The majority of states have a four year term, but a few have a five, six, seven, or even longer term.

Our forum article below covers even more states and their lengths of notary terms of office.
http://www.123notary.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=3955

Penalties for notary misconduct, fraud and failure of duty
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=21315

How much does a Notary cost in 2019?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=21308

Notary Public general information
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=20075

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January 23, 2019

What are Mobile Notary Fees?

The states decide what a Notary can charge for Notary services, but few states have rules for what a Mobile Notary or Traveling Notary can charge for mobile services and waiting time.

Notaries in most states (NV & MD have restrictions I’ve heard) can charge whatever they want for Mobile Notary Fees. There are many factors that determine a Notary’s fees. I will list these factors below. Rates generally range from $20 to $50 for mobile fees plus notary fees which differ by the state.

Experience
Notaries with experience typically set their rates higher. The fee depends on how desperate or arrogant they are. Rates can really vary, so shop around. But, realize that getting the best rate is not always the best idea because knowledge and experience count. Also note, that years of experience rarely translate into knowledge. Most Notaries are show offs and typically brag about how many years they have been doing this job. But, when you drill them on knowledge, you might find out they have about the same knowledge as someone doing this for two years who reads Notary tutorials and handbooks regularly. A word to the wise!

Distance
Notaries charge for distance. Some calculate distance based on miles, while others focus more on how long it will take. Others charge by what county you are in or what particular area you are in. It will save you money if you find someone close.

Time of Day
If you hire a Notary during the day, there are more Notaries operating, and the price is lower. If you want a Notary to go to a hospital at 3am, you might be looking at paying double or triple the normal fee. Sometimes the Notaries who offer 24 hour service will yell at you and ask, “Why are you calling me so late? Do you have any idea what time it is?”

Type of Job
If the job is a document signing or loan signing the price will be more of a standard price. Most Notaries do loan signings for $70 to $110 unless they consider themselves to be fancy in which case the price would be $125 to $175. Hospital and Jail jobs cost more because there is more involved, more legal risk, more waiting time, and the clients are normally more difficult. Additionally, since fewer Notaries will do hospital and jail signings, the price by default goes up.

Printing
If the Notary needs to print or fax anything the price goes up.

Waiting Time
If you keep an experienced Notary waiting, they will normally want to get some sort of compensation for their time. Some have a set rate while others have a very foggy idea of what to do if you keep them waiting. Try to be prepared so you don’t keep anyone waiting.

Legal Advice
Please do not ask a Notary for legal advice. They are not authorized to give any, and you will not get good information from a notary about legal matters anyway unless they are an Attorney Notary. Ask an Attorney who is competent and specializes in whatever your question is.

Document Drafting
Ask an Attorney where to get your document drafted and what terms to put in it. Notaries should not help in drafting documents unless they are legally authorized to do so which is rare.

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You might also like:

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

How much does a Notary charge in 2019?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=21308

Best humorous Notary Posts
http://blog.123notary.com/?cat=3241

If you overcharge — notary fines and penalties
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=6903

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January 12, 2019

Public Notary Near Me

Do you ask yourself, “Where can I find a Public Notary near me?” The answer to your issue is closer than you think. 123notary is a mobile notary directory. You can find a highly experienced Notary who will come to your home, hospital, jail cell, airport, or office whenever you want. We have Notaries who speak Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese and a host of other languages as well.

Or, if you prefer to go to a notary office, you can use google local, or yelp and find plenty of Notaries near you.

It helps to talk to UPS stores and general mail box stores. They often have a Notary. Insurance and law offices normally do as well. Realtors are often Notaries too. I personally recommend Google and 123notary.com as search tools to find a great Notary Public.

If you want to learn more about the Notary business, you can visit our links below:

Notary Public General Information
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=20075

Notary Comedy Articles
http://blog.123notary.com/?cat=3241

Jail Notary Information
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=21349

How much does a Notary cost in 2019?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=21308

Notary Public 101
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19493

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January 11, 2019

Find a Notary Public

Do you need to find a Notary? Look no further. 123notary caters to those looking for a Mobile Notary Public in any state. We provide some of the highest skilled and experienced Notaries anywhere. We routinely filter our results, scrutinize our Notaries and end up with far above average Notaries. If you want a walk-in appointment at a Notary office instead of a mobile notary, just use google or yelp to find one!

Please visit our Find a Notary page at
http://www.123notary.com/find-a-notary-public.asp

We also have an Advanced search page
http://www.123notary.com/notary-search.asp

Please visit resource materials listed below!

Notary Public General Information
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=20075

Notary Comedy Articles
http://blog.123notary.com/?cat=3241

Jail Notary Information
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=21349

How much does a Notary cost in 2019?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=21308

Notary Public 101
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19493

Find a Notary at the last minute on 123notary
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=4688

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January 10, 2019

Where to get something notarized?

Do you ask yourself, “Where can I get something notarized?” The answer to your quandry is before your very eyes.

Online Directories
123notary is a mobile notary directory. You can find a Notary who will come to your home, hospital, jail cell, airport, or office whenever you want. We have Notaries who speak Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese and a host of other languages as well.

Notary Offices
Or, if you prefer to go to a notary office, you can use google local, or yelp and find plenty of Notaries near you.

UPS Stores
It helps to talk to UPS stores and general mail box stores. They often have a Notary. Insurance and law offices normally do as well. Realtors are often Notaries too. I personally recommend Google and 123notary.com as search tools to find a great Notary Public.

Real Estate Offices
Many Real Estate, Attorney, and Insurance offices have Notaries in house who might be able to help you.

Banks
Most banks have a Notary on staff. However, they might not be able to help you unless you do business with that bank.

If you want to learn more about the Notary business, you can visit our links below:

Notary Public General Information
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=20075

Notary Comedy Articles
http://blog.123notary.com/?cat=3241

Jail Notary Information
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=21349

How much does a Notary cost in 2019?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=21308

Notary Public 101
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19493

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January 6, 2019

Notary Near Me

Do you ask yourself, “Where can I find a Notary near me?” The answer to your dilemma is closer than you think. 123notary is a mobile notary directory. You can find a Notary who will come to your home, hospital, jail cell, airport, or office whenever you want. Or, if you prefer to go to a notary office, you can use google local, or yelp and find plenty of Notaries near you.

It helps to talk to UPS stores and general mail box stores. They often have a Notary. Insurance and law offices normally do as well. Realtors are often Notaries too. I personally recommend Google and 123notary.com as search tools to find a great Notary Public.

If you want to learn more about the Notary profession, you can visit our links below:

Notary Public 101
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=19493

Notary Public General Information
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=20075

Notary Comedy Articles
http://blog.123notary.com/?cat=3241

Jail Notary Information
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=21349

How much does a Notary cost in 2019?
http://blog.123notary.com/?p=21308

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