Saturday, November 19, 2016

The Importance of Networking for Professional Notaries

I was reminded earlier this month of the importance and benefits of networking with others.  Our office at Notaries for Alabama receives about ten calls every week from people looking for a notary public.  Since I no longer reside in Jefferson County, Alabama I've been referring those requests to notaries in that area. I have a list of men and women who provide traveling notary services in Birmingham, Montgomery, Mobile and Huntsville.

Last week a call came in from an attorney who was in a bind. He needed an experienced notary to meet with him, nurses, doctors and other professionals for 1 1/2 days screening potential clients for a case.  The notary would notarize signatures on Affidavits.  He was offering $25 per hour.

I thought about accepting the assignment myself. I didn't have any appointments scheduled for those days and the work sounded interesting.  The problem, however, was that it would take me 1 1/2 hours to drive from my home to Jefferson County one-way. When I calculated the gas and time on the road for the trip there and back just didn't make sense.  So I sent a text to the list of notaries I knew who covered that area.  Everyone on the list is affiliated with Notaries for Alabama in some form or fashion. Some are paid members of the group and have been for 2-3 years.  Others, are former students of Notary Basics - a 4 1/2 hour training class sponsored by Notaries for Alabama.  Everyone on my list had asked me to send work their way when requests came in  Thankfully, a guy who had attended a recent Notary Basics training class was interested in the assignment.  He was also a notary signing agent  I gave him the attorney's name and number and told him the fee the attorney offered and then explained it was up to him to accept the attorney's fee or set his own fee.  Later that night I received a text from the attorney thanking me for locating the notary.

Fast forward to three days ago.  I was back in Birmingham for our notary group's final membership meeting for the year.  Notaries for Alabama has been holding meetings in Birmingham since 2013. The notary who took the assignment was there. It was his first member meeting.   I hadn't talk to him since I referred that job to him.  During a break he thanked me again for the work.  I asked him to tell the group about it and he did.  He said once he had a better understanding of what was required of him and the scope of the project he asked the attorney for more money. When he left the assignment he had earned just a little more than $1,000.00 - for 1 1/2 days of notary work.  Not bad, right?

Notaries for Alabama has been in existence since 2013. Its main objective was and continues to be to provide training, mentoring and networking opportunities to Alabama's notaries.  We've accomplished that and more.  If you are a notary or are interested in becoming one, make sure we have your name and email address so that we can make you aware of training and networking events around the state. If you aren't connected to other notaries, or to a notary group or association you're missing out.

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