Living in San Diego and wishing you could do a little bit more with your time? Maybe you are even bored and looking for some thrill in your work. A mobile notary’s work could just be the right thing for you. Becoming a mobile notary requires little investment, is easy to learn, and financially rewarding. It requires networking, marketing, and communicating with people.
A mobile notary is a person who is authorized by their jurisdiction to perform legal formalities such as witnessing signatures. Depending on the state or country, they may also administer oaths or affirmations, officiate at weddings or even certify copies of documents.
Sounds fun. Yes, but it also comes with its demands. There are many reasons why you should consider being a mobile notary:
1. Minimal Investment
You need very little or even no investment (apart from time, of course) to start you off. Some of the expenses you will incur might be business licensing, a computer, airtime, and internet connection and fuel to move around.
2. Meeting people
If you love people, and you love conversations, this is the job for you.
3. Easy to learn
You will have learned all the ropes of the business within a week or two, except few states where the regulations are a bit complicated.
4. It can be a great side hustle or come in when you have no job
If you want to work extra hours to supplement your salary, these would be a good option.
Before you start off as a mobile notary make sure you have reliable transportation, have all the required training and that your kids (if any) have someone reliable to hang out with when you are working. It is important that you also be highly flexible in your work hours as you might be called upon during odd hours to attend to a client. Other important things would be:
1. Cards and brochures
Create and distribute professional business cards about your services. Get small flyers or brochures that have your services, contact information, availability hours, the licenses and certifications you hold
2. Know who you are targeting
Make a list of businesses that would use a mobile notary in San Diego. This could include mortgage companies, credit firms, real estate agents, banks, hospitals as well as law firms. Set aside some time to call these companies, or even do walk-ins to their premises. Make sure you dress professionally.
Introduce yourself to the business, make an explanation of what you do and leave your business card or brochure with a request for them to contact you if they ever need your services.
You don’t sit and wait for them to come to you.
There is business power in knowing people. Make sure you attend events and create visibility for yourself and your mobile notary business. You can go ahead and join local business clubs in San Diego and professional organizations that comprise of your potential customers.
This is very crucial for your business success because even if the people you make networks with don’t use your services, they are likely to come across someone who might need your mobile notary services.
If these professional organizations have directories, ensure that you are listed on them, even if it demands that you pay a small price.
4. Do market research for rates
Of course, you don’t want to lack business because you are charging way too high or too low that people are skeptical of your solution. Compare your rates with those of other notaries in San Diego so that you can have reasonable rates.
You can also compare your rates with those of mainstream service providers who are doing the same thing that you are doing.
Keep your communication channels open. Keep your cell phone, laptop, calendar and whatever else you need for work by your side every other minute. Make sure your phone has a professional voicemail message.
Working as a mobile notary in San Diego is bound to be exciting. You have to learn the ropes of the business before you start, as well as ensure you have the resources needed to facilitate your work. You won’t become an overnight success, but if you continue doing what you do well, your business will soon be on its upward trend and you may start working with renowned mobile notary companies like Rais Mobile Notary.