Like banking and related fields, notarizing documents is generally a Monday through Friday, 9 to 5 type of job. If you are not at the bank during those hours, whatever you need notarized will simply have to wait.
That can be very problematic for people who need something notarized on the weekend or after hours on a weekday. Fortunately, there are options beginning to appear that will forever change the notary business. With a mobile notary service, for example, you can have documents notarized anytime, anywhere, on a 24/7/365 basis. But, most people do not know about mobile notaries, and getting the word out is important.
If you really want to succeed as a mobile notary, there are some specific things you can do to build your business.
Get Certified to Help People Recognize Your Skills
The National Notary Association offers certification options. These are not required for a notary, but they can set you apart from the pack.
Being certified may also help increase your business, because it indicates that you are actually able to do the job you are offering. You would not have the certification without passing requirements for a governing body, which can put people’s minds at ease when they are considering hiring you for their notary needs.
Make sure you prominently display your certification on your website, so people will notice you have attained it.
Reach Out to Title and Real Estate Companies
If you create relationships with title and real estate companies that have regular needs for signings, you can increase the level of business you do. Most of these signings will be on a 9 to 5, Monday through Friday basis, but that is not a bad thing. It simply gives you more business and frees up your weekends and evenings to work with other clients.
As a mobile notary, you can go anywhere at any time, so traveling to title companies and real estate companies around the area can be a great way to create consistent work.
Always Answer Your Phone, or Call Back Promptly
If you are not going to answer your phone or call people back quickly (for example, if you are in the middle of a signing and cannot answer at that moment), you may not get far as a mobile notary. People will be calling you because they need your services at that particular moment in time, or because they need information about your services quickly.
When they do not get a response, they may decide that they are just going to move on and look for someone else. While it is possible they will not find another mobile notary to help them, it is also possible that they will work something out that does not involve you. If you call back hours later, it could be far too late to get their business, so make a fast response a continued priority.
Be Ready for Those 3 a.m. Phone Calls
Providing service after hours and on the weekends is one of the main ways a mobile notary can be successful. Even if you are not sure why someone would need anything notarized at 3 a.m. on a Saturday, you should still be available. That can be difficult, and the on-call life can be stressful, but the odds are low that you will get many of these types of phone calls. Regular business hours, early evenings, and weekend afternoons will likely be much more typical. Still, being prepared for any eventuality can make all the difference when it comes to success and setting yourself apart as a mobile notary.