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How to become a notary
At one time or another just about everyone uses the services of a notary. A mobile notary business is a strong and stable home based business choice. Mobile notaries enjoy all the perks of being a home based business such as having a flexible schedule and being in control of work decisions. Mobile notaries provide an essential service regardless of the economy or job market.
What is a Notary?
A notary is state-officiated professional who provides witness services to the signing of important documents including affidavits, mortgages, loan documents, deeds, and other legal documents. Notaries are also permitted to take oaths and affirmations. Notaries are appointed by government agencies in the United States at the state level. In order to become a notary; a state test needs to be taken and passed. Which in most states is a pretty simple procedure and can be done online.
States vary in the requirements they have for becoming a notary as well as the duties notaries may perform. Some of the basics requirements are fairly standard between states. These requirements include that notaries be at least 18 years old, a resident in their respective state, and have no felony convictions. Some states require that notaries read and maintain a copy of their state handbook that covers the definitions, rules, laws, and procedures pertinent to their position. Some states also require notaries be bonded, purchase a notary seal, and maintain a notary public journal. More and more states are requiring notary candidates attend a course and pass a written examination.
Most notaries provide services for a specific term or number of years before they need to re certify. There is a nominal fee for becoming certified. Each state differs in the fee they charge notaries. The duties notaries perform also vary from state-to-state although most perform the same basic duties that include acknowledgments, jurats, and administering oaths and affirmations.
Notaries may be limited to a specific range of fees they may charge their clients. Allowable fees may be determined by the state. They may also depend on the particular service being provided. Some states allow a travel expense for mobile notary services. Travel expenses are typically the based on mileage.
Notaries may work out of an office, store, or from home. Notaries who choose to work from home will normally travel to the location of their customers. Mobile notaries may work with individuals, small business, banks, mortgage companies, and small law firms.
Getting the Business Started / Becoming a notary
Setting up a home based notary business is fairly simple once the certification process is completed. Set up an area at home such as a small office or desk area for the notary business. Join a notary association to keep up with the latest industry news and access professional support.
Networking is the first step to building a strong customer base. Letting potential customers know about the business is crucial for a successful mobile notary business. Passing out business cards and flyers, letting friends and family know about the business, and other basic networking is a good way to get the word out.
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