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Riff with Griff on Notary Compliance


You may know him from YouTube as, Griffin Notary, or Griff. He's my guest this week on the Sign & Thrive Audiobook Podcast. Our topic is Notary Compliance-both legally, and with compliance with our hiring companies. Griff shares his perspective and approach to integrity and cultivating relationships that are built on trust and fidelity.

Guest Information:

Owner of Griffin Notary Services since 2018. Started being a notary to help out the general public by providing an affordable option to get notarial services for those that do not have an account with a traditional bank. Moved into providing loan closing services once I understood the growth of the housing market in my area. Married with two sons, oldest son joined in the business in 2021. Teach notaries via my YouTube channel about being in compliant with state law and building proper relationships with those that need our services.

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Episode Highlights:

13:32 Be part of the...

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First Year Notary Nails It, Featuring Jennifer Cooper


You'll love this episode featuring Jennifer Cooper from California. She launched her Notary business in March of 2021 amid the pandemic and now has 90% of her loan signing business through escrow-direct relationships. Plus, she receives about 250 calls for general notary work every single month. Listen to how she did it!

Guest Information:

Jennifer Cooper is a wife, mom, and a full time notary loan signing agent as owner of JKC Mobile Notary. She's been in business since March 2021 and loves what she does. She's also started a Central California Notary Network group on Facebook that has 85 very active members. She's currently taking Judi Lawrence’s course to learn how to become an apostille agent and working hard on building lists and contacts. Jennifer is proficient at marketing herself and has begun teaching her Facebook group newbies how to do the same in their area.

You can learn more about Jennifer Cooper, or reach her here: HTTPS:// or...

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From Notary to Tech-preneur


The Notary industry is still ripe for innovation for those with the courage to step into it. On this first official episode of the Sign & Thrive Podcast (beyond the book narration), our sponsor, and CEO of Jurat, Inc, and creator of the Notary eJournal, Nick Colvill, joins me. Nick is one of us! Mobile Notary. Loan Signing Agent. Signing Company owner. and now, tech-preneur.

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Episode Highlights:

7:02 This industry is ripe for innovation! Nick addressed two main concerns for Notary journaling- Inefficiency and fingerprint capture.

28:47 Plugging in to this work as a mobile notary and loan signing agent can help not only your clients, but you! Nick gets lit up by his customer interactions and even as he moves more towards tech CEO, he schedules loan signing appointments to keep him connected.

33:57 The Notary eJournal is usable in just about every state, including California. If you're...

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Five Ways to Get Your Phone Ringing for General (Specialty) Notary Work

Uncategorized Jun 02, 2021

I recently had the chance to interview the Notary's Notary, Laura Biewer, on my podcast, The SideHustle Lounge

One of the reasons I love to chat with Laura is that I inevitably walk away learning something new. Sometimes I learn notary stuff (obvi), and sometimes I learn about life, her perspective, and even how I show up to our relationship. I love that, and I consider Laura to be among my growth friends. 

In our podcast conversation, we not only address the Top Four Ways to Monetize Your Notary Commission in general, but we get to deep dive into five steps that will get your phone ringin' and dingin' for General Notary Work, or as Laura so rightly calls, Specialty Notary Work (Because there's nothing general about it!). 

Laura's first suggestion is to build relationships with referral sources, like attorneys or assisted living facilities. The fastest way to do that is to offer something of interest, or value to them, like a training or special...

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Profiles in Ink: John Holder's Journey from Attorney to Notary to Community Builder, Trainer, & More

Uncategorized May 03, 2021

It's my pleasure to interview John Holder on this edition of Profiles in Ink. 

John grabbed the bull by the horns as he entered the mobile notary and loan signing industry. 

He's built a thriving business for himself. Then he built the Kentucky Notary Network to help other notaries in his state connect and assist each other. Then he started a podcast. The he launched RonUniversity, a comprehensive resource and online training center that helps notaries navigate the murky waters of Remote Online Notarization. 

This industry is ripe for innovation AND for those who will take the initiative and create value by delivering products and services we need. 

I hope John's story inspires you as much as it did me.

Enjoy the show!

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Notary Mistakes to Avoid

Uncategorized Feb 26, 2021

Which notary mistakes to avoid???

How 'bout, all of them, right? 

It would be quite the feat if we never made a mistake on anything, but it's just not realistic. We're human, we make mistakes. On top of that, we work in an industry not known for it's crystal clear laws and instruction, so we have lots of various interpretations of the same sentences.

Even with this murky nuance, there are things we, as notaries, can do to mitigate our errors. 

First, and foremost, adopt a reverence for this role you play in the integrity of our entire economic, social, and governmental system. This work matters. You matter. Take the time and effort to educate yourself on how to do this work well. Don't wing it, be the expert.

And then forever be the student. You will learn something new in this business every single day if you allow for it. 

I was honored to be on a panel with four other fabulous notary professionals that have adopted that commitment to learning and excellence,...

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Should I Start With General Notary Work or Loan Signings?

Uncategorized Feb 05, 2021

"Should I Start With General Notary Work or Loan Signings? "

I am asked that question all the time, and I have a different perspective than others in the industry.  Many believe that you should be a great notary before you become a loan signing agent.

On the surface, that's hard to argue with.

But how do you become a great notary?



Sure, you can study state laws, guidelines, primers, and courses, which, of course, helps you learn, but if you don't get an opportunity to apply your knowledge repeatedly, you're just going to forget it.

To me, that's the challenge with starting out in general notary work (GNW).

First, it takes longer to build your business and get volume because you have to build relationships, advertise, and optimize your digital presence.

Second, literally any human being in the world can create a document that requires notarization all willy-nilly. So if you're just starting out, you run the risk of stepping into all kinds of unusual...

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Notaries Geeking Out on Taxes & Bookkeeping- You Don't Want to Miss This

Uncategorized Jan 29, 2021

Nearly 500 notaries registered for The Abnormal Notary's (aka Tye Brown) Brunch and Learn event on Sunday, January 24. 

I was honored to be a part of it and share the screen with Sue Hope, a fellow notary and also founder of the incredible notary-specific bookkeeping software, Notary Assist, and with Suheily Figueroa, also a notary AND a tax preparer (and, gratefully, a member of our Sign & Thrive Community) with lots of experience with the IRS and tax filings. 

If you missed the two-hour live event, I have the replay HERE and at the bottom of this blog article for you. 

Grab some grub and a pen and paper because gems were dropped through the whole event! 

I LOVE geeking out about notary stuff with notaries that enjoy their business as much as I do. 

We kicked off the event with an in-depth presentation by Suheily on the importance of keeping your business funds separate from your personal funds. 

She also destroyed some misconceptions...

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Making Mentorship Work For You

Uncategorized Jan 22, 2021

I was recently asked to be a guest on "Signed & Sealed" with Lashawn Jenkins of The Notary Institution and Samantha Smith of the Georgia Notary Network and She ListenS Mobile Notary, LLC. 

They were celebrating Mentorship month and wanted to share a conversation with mobile notaries and loan signing agents about the power of a good mentor. 

Naturally, I jumped right on this opportunity. I love mentoring others, and I have had profound experiences as a mentee myself. 

As the show date approached and I started gathering my thoughts and notes on what message I'd like to convey, I realized that while in my own head I had an idea of what mentorship was to me, verbally defining it wasn't as easy as I had thought. 

Wiki defines mentorship as, "a relationship in which a more experienced or more knowledgeable person helps to guide a less experienced or less knowledgeable person. The mentor may be older or younger than the person being mentored, but they must have a...

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When the Phone Stops Ringing: The Top 7 Regrets for Today's Mobile Notaries and Loan Signing Agents

Uncategorized Jan 14, 2021

 By Bill Soroka, Founder of and Amazon Bestselling Author of Sign & Thrive: How to Make Six Figures as a Mobile Notary and Loan Signing Agent and Supercharge Your Notary Business With LinkedIn

No doubt about it, it's an incredible time to be a mobile notary and loan signing agent. Anything in the real estate arena seems to be booming right now, no matter how it may defy logic during a pandemic.

Loan signings abound, and our phones seem to ring & ding all day long with the prospect of new opportunities. The online notary forums are alight with success stories of people who seemingly rolling out of bed each day making a thousand dollars.

Yes, it is a good time to be in the business. But, somewhere in the back of your mind, you're probably wondering when the boom will end. When will our phones stop ringin' and dingin'?

If you're not asking the question, you should be. 

It's not "being negative" to forecast your industry. It's smart...

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