On Lowball Fees for Notary Signing Agents 

I will not blame new notaries or newly-trained notary signing agents for taking lowball offers. Some money and some experience beats none of either. The thing is so many companies look at us as commodities, as if a newly-certified NSA is equal to one who’s been in the business for 10 years or longer. That’s a matter of the more experienced NSA not marketing the value of their experience and not bothering to find better clients. 

We can’t all have the same clients then be surprised when a signing service gives the work to the lowest bidder. Raise your standards, find better clients, do the marketing. The days of making a living from low-hanging fruit are over. Snapdocs stuck a knife in it and remote closing is speeding toward the corpse in a big rig to run it over. 

We all have to realize that this is a business. Learn how a business works or you will fail. 

Go to sba.gov and read everything there. Then use that site to find the SCORE chapter closest to you and/or the Small Business Development Center nearest you and go take some in person classes in business. 

Or go to Amazon and get some books on being a notary signing agent. Buy Laura Vestanen’s book on marketing your non-loan notary services; read it and learn what you need to know. 

Visit my site at notarymemphis.wordpress.com and read the notary tips and the For Notaries category. Read the blogs and forums on 123notary, NotaryRotary, NotaryCafe, gogetnotary, the National Noyary Association , American Association of Notaries, the American Society of Notaries,  and other sites. 

There’s a wealth of information available for those who take the time to learn. Asking questions on Facebook will get you a range of answers. Some may be spot on. Some may apply only in that other notary’s state. Some may sound rude. Do.not.take.it.personally.  It is business. 

New or part-time notaries are not scabs stealing your job. They’re people looking to meet their obligations.  If you do your marketing, prospecting,  research, and ongoing skills development by taking classes and other methods,  no one can keep you from making money. Stop blaming your fellow workers for the low pay. They aren’t setting the fees any more than employees determine what a boss will pay them. We all need to recognise that this is a business and treat it as one. Stop blaming your competitors for your failure to adapt to changing circumstances.

Blaming the “newbies” puts the focus on people who have no power to change the circumstances of the marketplace AND it makes you powerless to do anything about it. 

IT IS YOUR BUSINESS. Take control and make of it what you want. Recognise that business must adapt to changing circumstances. Life ain’t fair. Expectations are frequently not met. Failure is always a possibility.  

Blaming other people who are trying to work and pay their bills because the bosses figured out how to squeeze more profit from workers is just a waste of time.

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About Tim Gatewood

55+, male, widowed (May 2016). Mobile notary public and signing agent, freelance writer, and ordained minister. Science fiction and fantasy fan, willing servant to cats, avid reader and collector of books and other stuff. Please see my websites (including this blog and others) for more info on me and what I think about the issues of the day.
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