Notary Bulletin Connect To Signing Companies With 'Old School' Networking By David Thun on August 14, 2014 in Signing Professionals Starting out as a Notary signing agent isn’t easy when it comes to building business relationships and growing your network, and using social media or online marketing these days isn’t enough. To bring some expertise and enlightenment to the NNA community, the Notary Bulletin engaged with experienced signing agents on Facebook and LinkedIn to find out how they use 'old school' pounding-the-pavement techniques to build their client base. Robyn Carlson of Oceanside, California, markets herself in person through public events such as local Chamber of Commerce meetings. “Networking provides me direct and relationship referrals,” she said on LinkedIn. “I also stop by their office if it’s in my service area and provide my brochure, business card, and I always ask if I can be of assistance. I have actually received assignments because I was standing right in front of them.” Several signing agents, including David Kinney of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, said they prefer the personal touch of a phone call when introducing themselves to new companies. “Emailing to me is so impersonal and unprofessional,” Kinney wrote on Facebook. “When you talk to someone on the phone, it gives a connection.” However, if a signing service is short-staffed or extremely busy, email may be a better way for signing agents to introduce themselves, said Howard Blum, owner of Pro Mobile Notary, a nationwide signing service based in Novato, California. “Many services have laid off substantial numbers of schedulers over the past ten months,” he said. “Consider using email so that people can respond when they are not busy, as opposed to having to stop what they are doing to answer the phone.” Linda Frezza of Tampa, Florida, said she commonly uses email when reaching out to companies looking for signing agents — but she always makes sure to address the email to a specific person. “If you don’t, it will get lost in transit,” she warned. She then follows up with another email to confirm her message was received and to ask if the company needs any other information from her. She also keeps records of her emails on file so she can contact companies if she needs to provide them with updated background check and commission information. What method works best for you when reaching out to new signing companies — email, phone, business cards or in person? Discuss your experiences with other Notary signing agents on LinkedIn, Google+ and Facebook. David Thun is an Associate Editor at the National Notary Association. Email Share 8 Comments Add your commentSolanda 18 Aug 2014I signed up with several notary agents and got a call from ome of the agencies and did my first signing. I have been working for the agency ever since. I'm loving it and getting work atleast two to three a week plus working full-time. Yes it is hard trying to get started but patience is the key.Howard Blum19 Aug 2014Can someone please tell me why I cannot read the article because this comment box covers almost the entire article after the first paragraph and I cannot get rid of the darn box so I can read the article?National Notary Association19 Aug 2014Hi Howard, sorry to hear you are having issues viewing the article. Are you viewing the article on a PC or a mobile device? If you can please let us know what type of device you are using, or if you can please email us a screenshot of the problem to email@example.com, we'll ask our web team to look into the issue. Taher Mohammed Ali24 Aug 2014@Solanda, I am new at this and very happy for you that you are getting work. Please could you give me some more information on how you locate the clients and how you approach them. I would really appreciate it. Also what do you mean by working with the agency. Please let me know. Thank you much appreciated. Taher Mohammed AliAmanda 26 Aug 2014Hello my fello signing agents!! I have been a signing agent since 7/2014. I am in the state of MD looking to expand my business. Anyone out here interested in assisting me with closings. I am currently a stay at home mom and doing this on the side. I would like to bring a couple of agents on with me to expand to start and stay in business. I do get calls/ requests however, a lot of times I am unable to make them either because I am booked or just unavailable. (Either way I'm unavailable) I know this is going to hurt my business in the long run. I have HUGE hopes for this upcoming year. Please email me if you are interested in working with me and share signing/closing tips. Thank you ALL & Good LuckCynthia Prior29 Aug 2014I have been a signing agent since 7/2007. I am in Florida I am trying to expand and need signing it has been slow here. If anyone has any signing they need help with give me a call or text me 813-541-8207Colleen McElroy02 Sep 2014Would like to start notarizing for companies, especially those doing major business with Title Companis. I'm an ex firstname.lastname@example.org Sep 2014Day 1 as a NNA, needing all the advise I can get. I am ready to get started.Leave a Comment Required * Name * Email *(for verfication purposes only) Comment * Enter the text shown in this image *(text is case sensitive)All comments are reviewed and if approved, will display.