By Barbara Sonafelt— As Notaries Public we have a lot to offer our societies and communities we live in. That being said, we must also realize the increase of security issues and identity laws causes far too many issues for us in our communities.

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By Melissa Haley—As we recover from the recent recession, there are tighter loan restrictions, fewer borrowers qualifying for loans, and therefore less volume for the existing signing agents to compete for work. Not all is lost, however. Effective planning and research will give you the best opportunity to develop a successful signing business.

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By Sharon Hassler—One of our members called about an email she received to “get paid $600 a day for photos.” It was one of those messages that links to a website with one long sales pitch. I have to admit this site was impressive! It contained related statistics that would make you think this should…

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By Melissa Haley—In business, it is critical to establish credit guidelines, policies and a review program for your accounts receivable. It is normal to carry balances from your vendors, but a business owner should have a clear idea of their aging reports to head off trouble from non-payment.

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By Linda Kassis—Some of the details fall beyond my scope of expertise since I do not know all the details of what can be charged per notarization in each state so I will keep it general. I use Intuit Quickbooks® Pro but I think Intuit Quicken® would suffice for the Signing Agent business. Each will…

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By Kelly Robertson—Once you decide to start a new business, you’ll find it’s a lot easier to stay on track with the “blueprint” you create. Originally, I called my plan, “The Working Plan” which basically answered the Who, What, Where, When and Why of my business. Start with something simple to make planning easy —…

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By Melissa Haley—It is very important to determine your service area along with your fees. How far will you go for $XX? At what distance does it become unprofitable to travel for that fee? How much more will it cost to travel to the location? How much will you need to add to your base…

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