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How Long Does It Take To Make Money As A New Notary Signing Agent?

By Clay Mason
Guest Columnist

The services provided by signing agents are in demand just about everywhere, making it a potentially lucrative venture. For many new signing agents, the prime concern is the amount of time it will take to establish themselves and start turning a profit.

The timeline can be different for everyone, but I can share some general advice from my own experience to help you speed up the process. It takes hard work, but making money as a mobile Notary is well within your reach if you have a little bit of patience.

Important First Steps

The most important thing a new signing agent can do is to register on as many different Notary directories as possible. There are various directories out there, but a great one to get started on is As you get your name in Notary directories, you’ll make yourself visible and available for schedulers that need your services.

When you’re first starting out as a mobile Notary, you may not have much of a reputation. You’ll most likely have to take lower-paying jobs for several months — think of this as “laying the groundwork” or “paying your dues.” Establishing yourself as a signing agent is similar to a variety of other careers; you start slowly, build your reputation and client base, and eventually work your way up to more important work and better pay.

Common Mistakes New Signing Agents Make

While you’re in the process of establishing yourself as a mobile Notary, consider keeping your day job or at least ensure you retain a predictable source of income.

Other common mistakes involve putting the cart before the horse. New signing agents have a tendency to throw themselves into the deep end of commitment, making a number of expensive purchases including office furniture, new computers, printers and other items before they are even turning a profit.

You may also have to do some minor traveling to get to some of your jobs. It’s important to not only factor gasoline into your expenses, but also to determine how far you’re willing to drive. Establishing your “business radius” early on is important.

Many of these mistakes spring from the assumption that business will find you, rather than the other way around. Becoming a mobile Notary demands that you be proactive — you must take an active interest in getting your name out there.

However, some mobile Notaries have the opposite problem: they get so excited about their new business that they overbook themselves and stretch themselves too thin. Taking on more business than you can handle at once is the road to trouble.

So What Does the Timetable Look Like?

After you gain some experience and spend several months in Notary signing agent work, you’ll find higher-paying work coming your way.

It’s difficult to attach a number to this process. However, it’s not unreasonable to expect that you’ll be able to support yourself as a mobile Notary after about four to six months, as long as you have laid the necessary groundwork.

Becoming a mobile signing agent can be a worthwhile venture. While it does take a certain amount of dedication and judgment, a keen business mind and a little bit of patience will lead you to success and steady earnings.

Clay Mason is the owner of Superior Notary Services in Wylie, Texas.


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Ken Newman

27 Feb 2015

Thanks - this article was encouraging, and helpful.


03 Sep 2015

awesome article, I wishI could learn more from this author.


11 Jun 2016

Thank you for taking the time to write this article.

Sherry Turner

27 Oct 2016

Very Informative.Thank You


06 Nov 2016

I loved this article! ❤️️ Thank you


29 Dec 2016

Love the the words thanks


06 Jan 2017

Thanks for the advice. I will incorporate the advice while building my business.


18 Mar 2017

I would like information for becoming a notary public in mn. Thank you so much.

National Notary Association

20 Mar 2017

Hello. This page has information on the requirements and process to become a Notary in Minnesota:

04 Oct 2017

This article was very helpful. Thank You.

Rachal Davis

29 Oct 2019

How long does it take for the loan signing agent to be paid once docs are signed and by whom

National Notary Association

31 Oct 2019

Hello. Payment schedules may vary depending on if you are working for a lender or title company directly, or through a signing service. Please see this article for more information and suggestions:

Angela Wilson

14 Nov 2019

Lots of useful information Thanks

Barbara Clark

28 Dec 2020

good informartion

Monique Tyler

23 Feb 2021

This was helpful thanks so much for sharing, you get different answers from different people. Is there a class I need to take? Thanks

Vanessa Davis

26 Apr 2021

Very informative.

Roger Brockway

26 Jul 2021

What are the approximate range of fees charged by Oregon notary signing agents? Does your company offer courses for Oregon? If so, what are the costs? Thanks for your help / Roger Brockway

National Notary Association

27 Jul 2021

Hello. While fees for notarial acts are set by state law, Signing Agent fees for the additional services you provide for loan document packages are negotiated on a case by case basis between you and the companies you work with. You will need to determine what a reasonable fee is for your services and negotiate that fee with companies offering you assignments. Because Signing Agents are independent professionals, organizations such as the NNA, have to be careful to avoid discussions of specific Signing Agent fee amounts that can be construed as price fixing. This means we cannot recommend specific amounts for Notary Signing Agent fees, lobby for higher fees, or host discussions among Signing Agents agreeing to only charge certain fee amounts. For more information, please see this link: You can find information about NNA certification and training for Oregon NSAs here:

Jen R.

02 Aug 2021

You've addressed all of my concerns in one very well written article. Thank you for your expert advice.

Tameka A Withers

05 Aug 2021

Thank you for the heads up! I really needed this!😊

Ella West

19 Aug 2021

How do I become Ron certified.

National Notary Association

23 Aug 2021

Hello. To help us answer your question, can you please tell us what state you are commissioned in?

Joanie L. Swafford

02 Sep 2021

I am commissioned in Tennessee and only recently at that..I need to be directed to help in building my business

National Notary Association

07 Sep 2021

Hello. This article has suggestions and tips for new Notaries starting a business:

20 Sep 2021

Thank you for this article, very informative.

Connie Granbois

23 Nov 2021

What are requirements for South Dakota? Thanks!

National Notary Association

13 Jan 2022

Currently, there are no statutes, regulations or rules expressly governing, prohibiting or restricting the operation of Notary Signing Agents within the state of South Dakota. However, please see this page for more information:

Cherlyn Fucuals

01 Dec 2021

Being connected to the NNA is invaluable! I feel as though your organization is the pinnacle of notary associations.

National Notary Association

01 Dec 2021

Thank you! We're glad we can help and appreciate the kind words.


17 May 2022

“it’s not unreasonable to expect that you’ll be able to support yourself as a mobile Notary after about four to six months, as long as you have laid the necessary groundwork.” What is the necessary groundwork?

National Notary Association

18 May 2022

Hello. Please see this video with tips for persons who want to start a Notary business:

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