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When I lived in California, I became a mobile notary (signing agent) because I wanted something to work around my family. I wanted to be able to pick and choose when I worked without the fear of never getting another call. And, I wanted guaranteed money. I didn't want to worry about commissions or home party sales.
What I liked about becoming a mobile notary public was that I could make anywhere from $50 to $4,000 per month before expenses depending on how much work I choose to put into the business. I could work part-time around my children or full-time the choice was mine.
I began this work-from-home notary business by searching the Internet for any and everything I could find regarding notary publics and loan documents. I was on the computer every moment of every day. It took months of research before I had enough information to begin.
To become "just" a mobile notary public wasn't going to guarantee the kind of money I wanted to make. In fact, it wouldn't justify the expenses of working from home, so I had to find another way to make the business pay more. I had heard about using my notary services in conjunction with loan documents, but the notaries in my area weren't too keen on sharing (and who could blame them?). Since this was a new area, there wasn't any books or seminars to help me get started, so I listened to what others had to say (on the message boards) and pieced together as much information as I could.
In the end, I knew I was going to have to bite the bullet and just go for it. Learning by trial and error was never my strong point, but if I wanted to make good money, in as little time as possible, without having to rely on commissions, a sales team, or product selling I was going to have to chance it.
After gathering all the information and weighing the odds of actually making this work, I got up enough nerve to make some "cold contact" calls, pass out a few flyers, and even a few introduction letters. It wasn't easy, as I fumbled through the first several calls, but with each call, things became a little easier.
All that research paid off in more ways that I could count. The more I worked the business, the more knowledgeable and confident I grew in my abilities. Eventually, the jobs began to roll in and I got a taste of what it would be like to be gone all day and all night.
I didn't get to see my babies (then 5 and 9) all day, and by the time I got home, even my husband was in bed. That's when I realized that as much as I wanted this business to take off ground floor, I wanted to be a stay-at-home mom more. So, I sat down and re-evaluated what I wanted out of life. Yes, I wanted to be my own boss.
Yes, I wanted to work a job that I loved. And yes, I wanted to have my "own" income. But, I also realized that I wanted to be readily available for my kids and husband. I decided to pursue my new career as a mobile notary (signing agent), but to do so on my own terms.
I would only accept jobs that worked around my family life.
I decided that working part-time was plenty of business for my family. It was just enough to help me feel successful. It was just enough to prove to myself that I could make this business work, and it was just enough to make me feel as though I was contributing something to the household budget. And more importantly, I was still able to be the mommy I wanted to be.
As a mobile notary, I could charge a $10 for each notarization, but many states would only allow a mobile notary to charge a few cents per notarization and zero cents for travel time. And because very few people think outside the box to hire a traveling notary, the jobs were scarce. But as a loan document signing agent, a mobile notary public could charge loan signing and title companies a flat fee of $50 to $75 to drive to the client's home, witness the signing of loan documents, and complete any notarial acts needed. Now, that's great money!
And because most of the loan document signings are done at night or on weekends, it's a great business to start while working a regular, full-time job.
I could choose how much money I made in any given month by how many hours I was willing to put into it. And best of all, succeeding in this work from home notary business gave me the strength and courage to try other avenues, such as writing a book entitled, "Tid-Bits for New Signing Agents".
Now when men and women ask me about starting their own home businesses, I always tell them, "Whatever you do in life, do it on your own terms. If you want to work less hours and spend more time with the family, you can do it. It's all about choices."
Alyice Edrich is the author of several work-from-home e-books, including Tid-Bits For New Signing Agents where parents earn $25 an hour without party plans and MLM programs. She invites you to stop by http://thedabblingmum.com to order a copy today!
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