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Finding general Notary work

Updated 6-26-23. Mobile Notaries around the country often ask how they can increase their income. While most mobile Notaries take on loan-signing assignments, the up-and-down nature of the mortgage industry makes it difficult to earn a decent living from that type of work alone.

The answer is simple: Find general Notary work, and it’s easier than you think. Here are just a few suggestions that can help anyone in any area of the country locate general Notary work.

Posting your business profile

Place a profile on a Notary community page like types of Notary community page sites allow you to tell the general public a little more about yourself and the value you can bring to them as a professional Notary in their area. If you also do general Notary work, a listing can help customers find your services as well.

Your profile should include your professional experience and qualifications, a professional headshot and your contact information. Your profile also should explain the types of services you offer and why you are the right choice. A good profile will allow potential customers to find you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Tell people you are a Notary

By far this is one of the best and simplest ways to start bringing in general Notary work. It’s also one of the easiest ways to lose income. Let me give you an example. A friend of mine owns a pet care business in a local office park. She’s also a Notary. I stopped by for a visit one day and as I was leaving her office, came across a gentleman who saw my Notary business logo on my shirt.

It turns out he was an insurance agent with an office just a few feet from my friend’s. He started asking me questions about my Notary service. Then he asked for my contact information because he has several clients who would need my service.

Afterward, my friend came out and said that she had never told him or anyone else in her building that she was a Notary. As a result, she was losing key opportunities to expand her business.

Wearing a shirt with your business logo, or putting a sign on your car or office door let’s people know that you are available to notarize their documents.

Make the rounds of local businesses

Contact hospitals and assisted living facilities and let them know that you are a professional mobile Notary Public. Because people are living longer, assisted living and retirement communities are excellent places to get your name out. In every part of the country, people in these facilities need Notary services. This opens up the door for you to get more business.

Contact local banks, law firms, car dealerships and insurance companies. These types of businesses have come to depend more and more on professional mobile Notaries to meet the needs of their clients. Partnering with Notaries allows these businesses to stay competitive and conduct business in a seamless manner. If a business is not familiar with what you do, take the opportunity to explain how they can increase their efficiency by using your services. This also will highlight yourself as an expert, which will make it more likely that you will be the first person they call for Notary services.

Network with other Notaries

It might seem counterintuitive, but networking with other professional mobile Notaries is a great way to get free referral business. This allows you to get to know other professionals in your area and advertise your business through them. There are times when most mobile Notaries have to turn down requests for any number of reasons. Being able to refer clients to each other keeps clients happy and your business thriving.

Using these techniques can really expand your business. 

Develop a social media strategy

When you do an internet search on your name what pops up? If you are doing that for the first time, you should really consider crafting a social media strategy for your Notary business and yourself. Keeping in mind that the social network is still growing fast each day and consumers are making more daily purchasing decisions from social media. Lack of a social media strategy gives the advantage to your competitors in your area. I find that more than 80% of my customers seeking general Notary services are active on social media. When developing a social media strategy keep in mind that reputations can be enhanced or destroyed on social networks, so really think twice before clicking “Send.” 

Using these techniques can really expand your business. Please feel free to contact me if you do decide to use these techniques and let me know about your successes and/or failures. 

Daniel C. Lewis of Carmel, Indiana, is the Managing Partner of Lewis Notary Services Inc. and a contributor to the Notary Bulletin. He is the 2010 NNA Notary of the Year and also the co-author of the Notary business guidebook, "Make Your Business Our Business."

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Rosalia Griego

24 Oct 2016

I am on the start of submitting my leave off my job and want to do more of my notary as my main income. Any advise will be helpful to me starting my own business opportunity. Thank you,

National Notary Association

25 Oct 2016

Hi Rosalia. This article by Laura Biewer, a successful Notary and entrepreneur, may be helpful to you:

Joey Maita

29 Apr 2017

great article.I have found that networking with the right fellow notaries is very beneficial.

Frances Doyal

27 Nov 2017

Very informative just getting started.


05 Apr 2021

Very helpful and informative post for newbies such as myself.

Lisa McFarlane-Lawood

10 Apr 2021

Very informative article and useful ideas. My main job is term time only so always looking for extra income and building a client base/attracting new newer business.

Pearl Buchanan

30 Apr 2022

I'm doing 3 to 5 general notary service with just and add on Google and face book plus I do house calls as well

Tina Abadoni

27 Sep 2022

Please how do I get contract

Lekiesha Bilyard

14 Nov 2022

Hi everyone. I am very excited to get started. I received my commission and will be filing with the clerk office tomorrow. I was wondering will i be subject to my zip code only? Or can i travel sc and get public notary work. I am not a mobile notary nor a signing notary agent. Should i become one first...signing agent?

National Notary Association

17 Nov 2022

Hello. If you can tell us what state you are commissioned in, we can provide more information on where you may perform Notary services.

20 Dec 2022

Hi! I have had a lot of issues finding other Notaries Public in the Austin, TX area, I know that they're around but I don't know where I would find any of them to socialize and get to now other notaries. if anyone does, please let me know.


10 Jul 2023

Hola, hace poco obtuve mi licencia de notario en florida, mi inglés aun no es tan fluido. Por favor podría tener bibliografia en Español para saber todo lo que hace un notario y cuanto cobra por los servicios??? Muchas gracias

National Notary Association

18 Jul 2023

Desafortunadamente, la capacitación y el manual del estado de FL no están disponibles en español, ya que es un requisito leer y hablar inglés.


10 Jul 2023

Hello, I am new to Notary. I just received my commission May 2023. I have car magnets, cards, website (still working on it), social media & more. I still have not had 1 Notary (general or signing). What am I doing wrong? I have been ubering as well to get my car seen more often. I'm on and notary Cafe

Monica Coleman

11 Jul 2023

I have been a notary for a year, and I’ve only done a few notaries. I’m wanting to start doing more and making more money with my notary. Perhaps start my own notary business. How do I get started?

National Notary Association

12 Jul 2023

Hello! This article has some helpful tips and suggestions from other Notaries who have started their own businesses:

Leigh Santiloni

12 Jul 2023

Very informative and helpful.

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