You say you finished the 6-hour class but have you passed your test? I would suggest you get your commission first for one simple reason - you must have your commission in order to act as a signing agent for loan signings. And from what I’ve heard, your state is taking a very long time to process commissions. If you do the signing agent certifications before your commission, you may start getting calls for loan signings, which you’ll have to turn down as you’re not prepared, thereby possibly burning bridges in the process (if you have to say no to too many offers they’ll stop contacting you).
What I would suggest while you wait for your commission is getting your basics in line for your business - develop a business plan, look at your options for equipment and requirements (laser printer, scanner, E&O insurance or professional liability insurance, EIN, business cards, website, etc etc) so you know how much out-of-pocket expenses you’re going to have just to get set up and started (not counting your commission expenses) - if you’re not sure how to develop those or the proper way to open a small business, look into a SCORE office to help you set up your small business. Work up a profile for your advertising that will be ready to go when have all your ducks in a row.
In the meantime, study your notary laws and make sure you know them COLD. Companies WILL ask you to do things that you should not simply because “all the other notaries do it” - and their goal is to get their loan signed and funded; make sure you know what you’re legally authorized to do as opposed to what goes against your own state’s notary laws…and stand your ground
Good luck to you on your new endeavor. And congratulations on your new baby!
P.S. one more quick thing (my apologies) - click on the “Find A Notary” tab up above and search your city, state or zip code - you’ll see how much competition you’re up against, keeping in mind that shows only the notaries listed on this site - you can also google your zip code, county, city for “notary public” and see how many there are in your area. This will give you an idea of how many notaries you’re competing with for work.
Again, good luck