Before you run to your computer and start signing up with mortgage, title and signing companies, your first step is to know how to do your job properly. You are starting a new business. Do you think Pizza Hut opened up their restaurant before they knew how to make a pizza? Of course not. And if you are not willing to spend some time building your company properly (and learning how to do your job properly) first — please do not enter this field. The notary signing agent field is filled with too many people who produce poor quality work. The notary signing agent field is in need of professional notaries who take their jobs seriously and know what they are doing. If you are this type of person — WELCOME. Unfortunately though, because of the poor quality work produced by other notaries, it will take time to prove the quality of your work to the companies. But once you do — you will have more work than you can handle.
The best way to obtain initial training is to contact other notary signing agents in your area and ask to meet with them over a cup of coffee or lunch. Of course you would offer to pay them (or at least buy the coffee or lunch) to compensate them for their time. This foundation will provide you with more benefits compared to attending classes and seminars.
Now don’t misunderstand me. I stress and encourage all good notary education. But nothing beats on the job training from notaries who are already out there doing the job. It’s the same thing as if you wanted to work as teacher; you would go work with teachers to learn the job from the inside out.
How do you find notaries in your area to contact? The internet makes it very simple. You can go to any search engine and type in the search words “find a notary” or “notary directory” and you will have a big list to choose from. A great link to the fastest growing notary director is http://notarycrm.com/mobile-notary/
But be aware that not every notary you contact will respond to you. Some notaries still have a fear of networking with others because they are afraid they will steal away their business. You do NOT want to be trained by people who think like this. Any successful notary in this business will tell you that they became successful doing an excellent job for the companies they worked for and networking with others notaries. So don’t be insulted if you send a few emails to notaries in your area and do not get a response. Instead, send out an email to every single notary (in your area) that you find in the notary directories. Your email should say something like:
“I found your name and contact information in a notary directory on the internet. Because you and I are located in the same area, I would like to meet with you to get more information about the notary signing agent field. I was commissioned as a notary in ____ (year) and have several questions. I realize your time is very valuable. Therefore, I would be more than happy to buy you lunch or pay a reasonable fee for your time. Please call me at 000-000-0000 or email me with your telephone number so I can contact you to set up an appointment. Thank you for your time and consideration.”
I guarantee — if you send out a nice email invitation like this to every notary in your area you will get a response. By offering a payment of some type, you are showing the notary that you are serious and not looking for a hand-out. (There are many freeloaders in any industry who are always looking for something free. Don’t be one of them!) What amount of payment should you offer? Leave that up to the notary. If the price is more than you can afford, tell them the price is not within your budget and contact someone else. Often, you will find that successful notaries who love helping people will not ask for any payment. In cases like this, you should at least send a Thank You card.
When you first contact the notary by phone, only set up an appointment to meet them over coffee or lunch (like you would a friend.) Only proceed with asking them to take you with them on an assignment if you feel comfortable and “click” with the notary. At this stage you are doing research so you can understand more about the job. If you find out you actually “click” with this notary, only then should you proceed with the suggestion to accompany him or her on an assignment. You want to obtain your training from a notary that you enjoy being around and communicate with effectively. This will help to accelerate your learning curve. Additionally, if you find a good notary you “click” with, you can build a friendship with someone who can back you up in the event of an emergency. (Like when you are stuck on an assignment and cannot meet your next appointment.) Ask any successful business owner “how” they became successful and every one will tell you that networking with other successful people was one of their key elements to success. You should do the same.
What have your experiences been with signing up with mortgage and other companies? We’d love to hear your success stories. Don’t forget, to get listed in the faster growing online notary directory, sign up for free at NotaryCRM.com.
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