It was October of 2018. This was the first time I've ever cried openly on the internet. Probably won't be my last either. Not if everything goes right, that is.
These are not tears of regret. In fact, I would say it is just the opposite. These are tears of gratitude.
Just prior to this video, I had completed notarizations for a gentleman that was preparing to die. Let's call him Bob. He had a Last Will & Testament, some financial papers, and even a deed for property transfer, so I was thinking this was a standard estate planning appointment.
Yay for responsible adults!
So many from my own family have passed away without their affairs in order, so I always hold in awe people that plan this stuff ahead of time.
But that wasn't Bob. He had not prepared ahead of time. And time was something he no longer had. He knew that, but they surprised me with that news when I arrived.
Bob's house was filled to the brim with smiling faces and laughter....
The Not-So-Secret Way to Increase Your Loan Signing Income WITHOUT Driving All Over Town by Leveraging the Power and Possibilities of "In-house" Signing Appointments.
When I am in full "hustle-mode" as a mobile notary and loan signing agent, I've been known to drive 300 to 400 miles per day. I even remember a few times where I had to get TWO oil-changes in one month because I drove over 6,000 miles in a 30-day time period.
That's all fine and good for someone like me, that loves to drive. But what about you? Do you want to drive that much?
Chances are, you don't. And that's okay!
As a small business owner, you get the final say in what works for you and what doesn't. Afterall, there are lots of reasons that driving a lot may not work for you.
Top Reasons Notaries Don't Like to Drive
After talking to notaries all over the country on my daily mentor calls (book for free here), I hear all kinds of reasons y'all don't like to drive. Here are some of the most common:
On this latest episode of Profiles in Ink, I interview California notary Matt Miller.
Matt is an experienced mobile notary and loan signing agent that has built his business with general notary work.
He lends part of his success to automatic appointment scheduling software, like Acuity. This is allows his customers, or even potential customers, to book his notary and fingerprinting services when it is most convenient for them.
Learn all about the strategy he uses to manage those appointments, and hear even more about the passion Matt has for helping the notary industry in this video.
Tired of agonizing over what you’re supposed to post on social media for your mobile notary and loan signing business?
You are not alone!
Notaries all over the country struggle to create valuable blog or social media posts because it isn’t really crystal clear what we are supposed to be talking about. In fact, not very much about our business is ever crystal clear.
Still, in a relationship-based business, where your customers work with who they know, like, and trust, it is important that you give them as many chances as possible to:
Get to know you.
Maybe even like you.
And, certainly, start to trust you.
But short of cyber-stalking them and becoming “besties,” how do you do that? In today’s modern age, content marketing and social media are King. Influencers, service-providers, and experts, in any industry, share valuable content, inspiring messages, and needed information, via email and various social media platforms.
That’s how you...
I gave up on New Year's Resolutions long ago. These often just felt like pipe dreams for me, and those around me. It didn't take me long to realize that writing down a goal, or a dream (especially a materialistic one), and then tucking it into a drawer to be forgotten was not an effective method of creation.
Instead, I use a pretty complex system of vision statements, goal buckets, intentions, journals, calendars, and technology to keep my goals in the forefront of my mind every single day of the year. This has led to some extraordinary results. Sure, I've hit some epic goals, but more importantly, living life with intention and growth has helped me become someone I enjoy being around. And this has contributed to the constant, continuous, enjoyment of my primary aim in life, peace of mind.
What does peace of mind look like to me?
I think "peace of mind" conjures images of monastic passivity, where we checkout of a world full of worries and responsibilities...
I love a business that keeps me focused, while also allowing me some space and time for exploring my other passions, hobbies, and ultimately, business ideas.
Being a mobile notary and loan signing agent really allows for that. After to talking to thousands of other "multipotentialite" notaries around the country, it is clear that many of you feel the same. You've really found a way to tie some creative "sidehustles" into your notary biz.
Can you tell me more about them?
I created a brief survey about the various income opportunitis and service additions we cn make as a Notary Public. If you have two minutes to add your input and share your perspective, I would really appreciate it!
Almost every Thursday morning, Nina Penny joins the Members of the Sign & Thrive Notary Training Course and Community for a 15-30 minute training call about Reverse Mortgages.
Nina is a loan officer with the special designation of Certified Reverse Mortgage Professional (CRMP), of which there are less than 150 throughout the country.
I thought I would share the recording of this week's call because it is shorter than most, and it really highlights the growth of this niche market.
It was nearly two years ago that Nina and I started creating the industry's first Certified Reverse Mortgage Signing Professional training and exam process to help notaries better prepare for these nuanced signing appointments.
The demographics for reverse mortgage are senior citizens, so it takes a special, caring heart, to handle these signings best. We love the signing agents we have attracted to the program!
On this week's call, Nina shares some exciting news about the potential of...
As you likely know, I spent 12 days of this month giving away 16 or 17 Kindles as a way to celebrate our crossing of the 10,000 Youtube subscriber threshold.
Thank you for being a part of that!
On each official giveaway of the 12 Days of Knowledge, I offered a book recommendation. These are books that have touched, moved, and inspired me along my path.
Many of you have requested a full list of those books, so I have provided that for you below.
While I am a champion of reading and knowledge, I urge you to build the implementation of this knowledge into your daily schedule.
Wisdom without application is wasted.
Many of the books listed below helped me formulate the exact system I now teach in Sign & Thrive. In fact, if youd' like to see the exact Daily Do's I put into practice to help increase my revenue from $1,000 per month to $20,000 per month, download my checklist here. This is how I chose to implement my learning, and it...
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One of the most common topics I get in my mentoring sessions with notaries across the country is about social media and how to utilize it to get more customers.
Let's face it, social media is overwhelming! There are tons of considerations and things to think about.
I recommend you choose the platform that you are most comfortable with and just stick with that, for now.
I started with Facebook, then grew into LinkedIn, then Instagram, and Twitter. While I am on it, I still don't know how to use it effectively. And that's okay. Someday I may choose to learn that better, and you get that freedom too!
The reality is that Facebook is likely where most of your customers are hanging out anyway, so that may be the place to start. And Facebook owns Instagram, so they tend to play well together.
But, for most of us, having a social media platform isn't the problem. For most if us, we already have a...
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Are We Over-Saturated with Mobile Notaries and Loan Signing Agents?
Hey everybody, this is Bill with www.NotaryCoach.com and the Sign and Thrive Notary Training Course and Community.
It is Monday, October 28th, the end of the month. It's totally - well - a little crazy today. I'm sure you're crazy too. So I'll try to keep this short and sweet. I have about 20 minutes before I leave for my next appointment, but I wanted to make sure that we stay consistent with our Monday messages here and today.
I was thinking that we should talk about the possibility of over-saturation. You know, the three tenants that I find most attractive about this business is that we have a flexible schedule. We get to reclaim our agenda, reclaim our lives, and work with who we want to work with! We get to spend time with who we enjoy spending time with.
We also get an opportunity to earn unlimited income, and it's kind of an old fashioned business, you know. As you work, you get paid,...
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