The work landscape is changing due to Covid and many are looking at a notary gig.
As more people look at returning to the workplace, many have realized they don’t want to go back. They’ve found the flexibility of working from home (probably why they are wanted back in the workplace) and found they prefer it.
Why People are Looking at Side Gigs or Home Businesses
Why is the desire to run one’s own business increasing?
For most, it’s not about the power. Most are not entrepreneurs. Or maybe they’ve had an itch for a long time and think now is the time to actually get their feet wet.
They have found the flexibility of not being in the office, or maybe being in the office with challenges less onerous.
Are They Serious Competition?
For most, probably not.
If your main motivation for starting a home business is that you just found out it might make parts of life easier, you really have not thought it through.
People who think that taking care of their children, grocery shopping and running other errands is the reason to start a home business, are probably in for a rude awakening.
Are those perks for some of us? Yes, at least sometimes. But, is it our main motivation? Most likely not.
We’ve recognized the challenges, planned around them, and found a way to fit our schedule across our daily/nightly routine. We may not know when our next signing will be. But, we do know we need to be there, whether we planned to go shopping or not.
In short, if we want to be successful, we still take work when it is available.
Why a Notary Side Gig?
And if the above linked articles don’t tell you enough, many news outlets are helping people ponder the idea and telling them what they can try to do.
But, there is a huge difference from driving an Uber a few hours a week, versus starting our own business as a notary public. Using an app, versus running a full fledged business.
A Look From Our Side
In our time doing business we have done business with great notaries who are both experienced and professional. We’ve also run into people who are not so much.
Guess who we choose to do our business with?
We want to work with highly motivated and highly professional notaries. We love experience, but we do also understand we all have to start somewhere.
But does the motivation behind it mean much?
Are they looking for a professional notary career and business? Or just for a notary gig they read was easy in a news article?
It’s More Than Signing Docs
Being a notary is about more than a stamp.
- It is about legitimacy.
- It is about integrity.
- It is about making sure someone’s important life documents will stand up in court if they have to.
- It’s about all of the little things that go along with the job, and understanding each one of them is just as important as a stamp.
- It is about all of the tools you need to run your own business.
These things are not done out of convenience. They are done out of a commitment to excellence.
Some of us may already do this as a notary side gig. And we applaud those who have done it well.
But, the fact remains that most of the network of notaries we work with do not.
So, prepare, new blood is coming, even if it is not until late 2021 or 2022. But, if they don’t have your commitment and professionalism it won’t make much of a difference.