Hello all - it’s my first post since joining Notary Cafe last month. I’ve seen so much great information in all of the discussions I have read, but I’m frustrated on several levels:
Pricing: I read with interest (and approval) the topic about how we have the “Golden Ticket,” and how we should make a practice of not accepting those crummy lowball offers. I’ve turned down HANDFULS of C2C signings in recent weeks, via SnapDocs, always countering with a more reasonable price (considering they are ALWAYS last minute, or 9pm on a Friday night appointments, etc). And those jobs always get snatched up. So I’m losing out on “experience points,” and after a while, those $50 checks would eventually add up to a decent chunk of change. So I feel like I’m shooting myself in both feet by being a newbie with STANDARDS.
Getting work: Good lord, are ANY of these signing companies reputable? I’ve joined what feels like a dozen (but in reality it’s probably 4) lists / services, some of them I learned of through this forum, and I have not heard a PEEP back from anyone. America’s Notary Pro still hasn’t even approved my registration after 2 weeks. Another one contacted me via email and then wanted me to pay a monthly subscription to be on their list. SnapDocs ONLY sends me C2C offers, which have been averaging a measly THIRTY DOLLARS. The one job I responded yes to, for $75, suddenly went up to $115 (even though I did not counter-offer), and then went to someone else, even though I literally clicked on “available” as soon as it came in (phone was in my hand when it came through). And C2C hasn’t paid me for the stupid $50 job I did on Aug 6th (I know they have 30 days, but I’m annoyed-in-advance after reading so many experiences with non-payment from them). I’ve joined Notary Rotary, this forum, Notary Dash, the NNA. I requested to join a Notary2Pro Facebook page about a month ago and no one has responded. I’m really not thrilled about the prospect of paying subscriptions or fees to be on lists / groups. I’ve combed the conversations about “best / worst companies to work for” and those are also so discouraging. Seems like they’re ALL the worst, or you have to have 20 years experience to be considered. I have FULL RESPECT for people who’ve been at this a lot longer than I have...FULL. But...I mean....those of us with 4 years as a notary aren’t exactly chopped liver. Why do so many companies turn their noses up at us?
I’m in north San Diego County, been a commissioned California notary for a total of 4 years (with a 2 year break in the middle of that for an overseas military duty station). Spouse of a retired US Marine. I’ve had a little niche business on my local base for those 4 years, as “the neighborhood notary,” honing my craft, handling POA, auto titles from various states, and helping my military neighbors get through closing packets faxed from all over the country for out of state real estate transactions. I’m ready to get out there and put these skills to work.
I know you’re all probably sick to death of doling out advice to the new kids, but if you’re not, any tips / words of wisdom would be GRATEFULLY welcomed.