How To Research Potential Clients for NSA Work 

Many notaries seem to believe that posting a question about a potential NSA client in a notary group on Facebook is all they need to do in order to say they have researched the firm.

While asking your competition to rate potential clients might raise issues about collusion or restraint of trade or price fixing,  so far at least, I have not seen any reports of any notary actually getting in trouble for posting such questions or for answering them.

So, I do understand the impulse to post such questions — but they don’t really constitute good research.

Here are my suggestions on what good research entails.

  • Check the forums on 123notary, NotaryRotary, and NotaryCafe.
  • Look them up on the rated list at
  • Use Google to see if there are any reviews or reports of issues posted about them online.
  • Visit them via Google to see if they have reviews on their My Google listing.
  • Look them up on yelp for reviews.
  • Look them up on the BBB site for the area where the firm is located.
  • Look them up on manta and ripoffreport.
  • If you’re a paid member, look them up on Signing Central on NotaryRotary.
  • If you’re a paid member, look them up on notarybeware.
  • Then use the search function on Facebook to look for posts about the company (limit it to your friends and groups to clear out company promos). Be sure you are a member of at least 10 or 12 notary groups so that your search here is fruitful.
  • If you’re in the Deadbeat Firms group on Facebook, look them up on their list in the Files area.

If that does not show you enough about them to decide whether they are a good fit to be a client, whether you want to extend credit to them by working assignments and getting paid later, whether you can trust them to pay you on time and as agreed without having to hassle with collections — then you might have to post a topic in the groups you are in and ask for recent experiences from the members and see what comes up.

Or you could call them and see if you can smell desperation or BS in their phone statements.

This is a follow-up to my recent post about Working the Lists, as well as the earlier posts that are mentioned in that article.


About Tim Gatewood

55+, male, widowed/single. Customs Broker, Notary Public, Signing Agent, Writer, and Ordained Minister. Willing servant to cats. Science fiction and fantasy fan, avid reader, Founder of the Darrell Awards. Author of _Getting Started As A Notary Signing Agent_ (available from Please be kind to one another.
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3 Responses to How To Research Potential Clients for NSA Work 

  1. Sheila Speckin says:

    Great ideas! 123 Notary is listed on the Ripoff repirt and has an F rating on BBB. I just filed a formal complaint if fraud and slander against them with CA AG

    Liked by 1 person

    • Tim Gatewood says:

      This article is about using 123 and the other sites that exist to do research on potential clients. How those sites operate is a separate issue. While I understand why you and others have reported 123, I hope they continue to exist, as their forum and their /s list is a good research site. Also, they do have many worthwhile articles that were posted on their blog before the owner took over writing the articles and took a turn into bad humor and bad business practices. And they have been a directory that has lead to work for many, many notaries and NSAs for at least as long as I have been in the business (15 years now).


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