In a previous article, I gave some suggestions about Where Should Notary Signing Agents Sign Up? Please understand that the firms mentioned in that article are directories.
Hiring firms (potential clients) look at directories when all the notaries in their internal list for a given area can not or will not take the assignment for what they’re offering. If you hope to be successful as a notary signing agent, you do not have to wait for them to go to an outside directory and hope you are listed highly enough on that directory to get called.
You want to be on their internal list, which means you need to sign up with them directly. They will still call everyone else higher on the list first, but at least you will be ahead of those who have not signed up with them directly, those who are merely on an outside directory.
So, the next question is how do you find these hiring firms or potential clients? Where do you get a list?
For lists of signing services, you could
- pay for a paid membership on NotaryRotary and see their Signing Central list;
- pay to take & pass the Notary2Pro NSA class and then access their client list on the graduates site;
- visit notaryquest.com and see their free list;
- look on 123notary (see here: http://123notary.com/s/ ); or
- you could scroll through every notary group on Facebook for the past 2 or 3 years and compile your own list of good and bad companies.
You may also find lists inside various books or ebooks (about the NSA business) for sale on Amazon or other online retailers.
I’ve bought lists in years past, but have often found that they were not worth what I spent on them.
Please, whatever else you do, DO NOT ASK FOR A LIST OF GOOD FIRMS ON FACEBOOK. It will not get you anywhere and it just annoys those notaries who have spent years developing their own list of good clients (and deadbeats to avoid).
I have written about this before here (Where’s the List of Good Clients? and Where is the Reliable List of Deadbeat Firms?) .
If you believe that you have enough experience and enough E&O insurance to market directly to title companies, this article which appeared on the American Association of Notaries site may help: Marketing to Title Companies by Brenda Stone . (Mark Wills of The Loan Signing System is focused on teaching how to do marketing directly to title companies or escrow officers or lenders, but, as I have not yet taken his classes, I am not in a position to comment on that. When I am, my article about his training will appear here.)
If you choose to market directly to lenders, you may find this article helpful : How to Find a List of Lenders for Possible NSA Work.
Wherever you get the list, do not assume someone else vetted it perfectly for your use. It only becomes your list as you work it and make it your own.
Research every company on Facebook using the search function within the Facebook app or from the website while logged in. Facebook posts usually do not show up on Google, so the search function in the app or on the site is the only way to see what’s been posted here.
It is often, but not always, the case that you need to be a member of a group on Facebook in order to see the posts that appear in that group, whether using their search function or otherwise. So, before you start compiling a list, join as many notary groups on Facebook as you can, starting with the ones that have the most members and working your way down from there.
The reason I suggest you start with Facebook is that the notary groups on there are very active, so you will find more current and recent comments there than on any of the websites that are referred to below.
After you finish researching a potential client on Facebook, use Google to research them next, as that will bring up most comments about them on 123notary, NotaryRotary, NotaryCafe, ripoffreport, the Better Business Bureau, and other sites. Be sure to go to the 2nd and 3rd pages on any google results, because the firm may have taken steps to make their own web pages show up first and the forum posts from 123, NR, and NC may not be on the first page of the google results.
Do look at their own website for as much details as you can get about the firm, but don’t be surprised that it is mostly fluff and salesperson blather. What you want to know is their address, phone numbers, names and emails for the principal people involved, and how long they have been in business.
If you are a member of NotaryRotary, remember to use their Signing Central list as part of your research (that does require that you be a member and be signed in to access it and is usually only available to paid members).
If the potential client does not show an address on their website (or if they lack any other bit of vital facts there) and they are incorporated, figure out what state they are based in and look them up in that state government’s website for corporate records (usually under the Secretary of State page).
Only sign up with those potential clients that pass your screening process (whatever you decide that will be), as each assignment means you’re extending credit to them, so you want to know that they’re trust worthy.
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