How to Make Money Online as a Notary?
Here are six ways you can make more money as a notary. Every week, we work with hundreds of notaries, and almost all of them want to grow their businesses.
6. Look Into Doing Both Mobile and Remote/Online Signings
Yes, the world is changing, but the more it changes, the more it stays the same. Here’s the hard truth. Businesses will need notaries who can work from anywhere. So it’s a good idea to be ready and able to do both.
Don’t forget, this is how the client wants to do business. You can’t know what you’ll need. Clients might:
- Feel more secure.
- They might get a request from one of their own clients.
- One of their pipelines might work with Remote, but another might not.
- Maybe they don’t want to change. We know a big bank that still uses Internet Explorer. We’re surprised the CEO doesn’t drive a horse and buggy to work.
No matter how you cut it. Because your clients will need both, you should probably do both.
5. Remind Your Current Clients of Your Availability
Some people might think this is annoying for the people you’re sending it to, but I think it’s a good way to keep your name in front of people who hire people.
Some notaries send me an email at least once a week to let me know they are available to sign documents. Some will even call me and ask if I have anything in their area.
By doing this, I know they want to work, and if I ever need a notary near them, I’ll remember their name and probably call them first.
In this line of work, it’s important for people to know your name and the areas you serve.
4. Cold Calling Potential Clients
Look for Title companies and Signing Services online. You should make it a habit to call at least five new people every day.
If you do this every day and stick with it, you will find that it works very well. You just need to find out who schedules notaries for closings and ask how you can get on their list.
If you keep doing this, your phone will be ringing off the hook with people wanting to sign. Some people find it hard to make cold calls, but the more you do it, the easier it gets. Even when you have clients, you shouldn’t stop cold calling because businesses come and go.
3. Don’t Turn Down the Smaller Jobs if You’re Available
This is very true of the services Signing Signing provides, since we don’t just schedule real estate signings. Some of these could be Structured Settlements or just simple signings of a few pages.
Now, most of these don’t pay as much as real estate closings, but when you figure in the time and money it takes to do the signing, you’re making the same or even more.
Also, don’t forget that people also need notaries.
A big reason for this is that it’s usually harder to schedule these files.
So, when a notary is found who is willing to handle these signings, you can be sure that the scheduler will remember the name of that notary. Who do you think the scheduler will call when there are more signings in that area?
If you really want to do this full-time, don’t put yourself in a box. If you want to make more money as a mobile notary, you need to do different kinds of work.
2. Become a Certified Signing Agent
The National Notary Association (NNA) is the best place in the U.S. to get notary supplies, educational materials, and Signing Agent certifications.
Their certifications include online training and tests, so it’s easy for them to become mobile notaries and make more money.
This is number two because this will be a standard for closings on Real Estate. A lot of lenders and title companies are making it a requirement that the notary going out must be a Certified Signing Agent, have a background check, and have an E&O of at least $25,000.
They do this because most states make it easy to become a notary. All you have to do is go online, take a short course, and pay a fee.
The problem is that these notaries are then asked to sign things where they are expected to know something about what they are signing.
When this happens, the deal falls through or doesn’t go through because the notary isn’t familiar with the documents.
Getting a certificate also has its good points.
Most sites that Title, Lenders, and Signing Services use have an icon or other way to show that a notary is a CSA.
Who do you think they will call first when they want to meet someone new? Also, once you’re certified, you’ll usually be at the top of that site’s list of notaries.
Another good thing about this is that it gives your name instant credibility as a CSA. This lets you market yourself in a way that makes you look like a knowledgeable and experienced notary. Getting certified will only help your career as a Mobile Notary and take it to the next level.
1. Answering Your Phone
This is #1 for a reason. That means that you will get most of your work through phone calls. Some jobs are accepted by email, but most are still set up over the phone.
Most of the time, when someone is making plans, they have more than one. So they have to get the file they’re supposed to get on time.
Schedulers typically call they are go-to.
When those people can’t help, they move to the next person on the list. They call different notaries over and over again until they get it set up. So, if you let all of your calls go to voicemail, you might miss out on some work.
Even if you plan to call them back, they might already have it set up by the time you do. Even if you have nothing to do, try to answer your phone. That way, the scheduler will know that they can call you at any time with an assignment.
They might also ask when you are available, which gives them another choice. So, if you answer your phone often, those calls will probably keep coming in, and you will make more money as a mobile notary.
We hope that this has helped some people build their careers as Mobile Notaries and make more money.
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