Below are the reasons why notaries are selfish with their best clients' names.
REASON 1 - Competition Factor. For the most part, there is ZERO loyalty betweena notary signing agent and a hiring company, except in rare situations.
It doesn't matter how good you are, if another notary in your area throws out a cheaper number to your best client, especially one who gives you a ton of work, you might find the company trying out your competition.
At minimum, telling another notary who to contact for business in your area is the same as splitting the assignments from those contacts in half.
REASON 2 - Lurking Signing Services. Middlemen and signing services who monitor Facebook and notary forums and have business plans that include doing exactly that.
They are monitoring Facebook Groups and notary forums to find out names of clients that are calling notaries directly. Upon obtaining those company names (and sometimes, even the exact persons they need to talk to), they are able to offer their services to those clients.
Notaries lose 25% - 50% of what they were able to make before the intervention of the middleman activity.
REASON 3 - Aspiring Middlemen. Notaries asking for help often hope to become signing services or middlemen to farm out assignments and make money from those referrals. I didn't know this, but this is a perception held by many veteran notary signing agents. I didn't realize that being a signing services was so sought after. I investigated where such ideas would be coming from. Apparently, Bill the Notary Coach has suggested this, for one thing.
REASON 4 - Fishy behavior from people like me.
Yep, that's right! I'm kind of happy to giggle about this one.
I have been mistrusted for some time, apparently. To some, I appear to be looking lustfully into the piggy banks of notaries in Texas.
I am totally okay with that. It's bullsh## and it gave me something kind of fun to write about.
Accusation #1 - Notary Directory Used to Skim from Notaries?
Recently, a notary suggested to me because I have a notary directory (currently free to Texas notaries because it's not making money for us just yet), that perhaps I'm looking to "skim money from notaries." Answer: This directory was established for several reasons. It will never be a fee driven directory unless it actually makes money for the ones who are listed within. No one is forced to list. It may also become a directory that is funded in part by advertising. The directory that is being referred to is Texas Notary Professionals.
I believe that it can be a good opportunity for Texas notary marketing.
Also, I like having a mailing list of notaries so that we can communicate about important issues. I like writing to notaries who have always seemed to like what I wrote. I need a mailing list to do that!
Just asking the following question it isn't likely to work. "Hey, I want to make a big mailing list with notary email addresses, please send me yours!" People provide email addresses if and only if there's a good reason to do so. So, in return, one must offer something of value. I offer a notary directory in which one may place a listing.
Accusation #2 - Kick Backs from Endorsements? Hogwash.
Another notary suggested because I like and endorse NotaryAct.com that I was partnering with its owner to make money from notaries.
Answer: No. I would not endorse anything I didn't believe in. If getting paid for it, I would post that information. Sorry, but I was really irritated with that one.
In fact, I pay a monthly fee just like any other user does. I like it.
Please try not to get frustrated with folks for being careful with advice and leads on Facebook and notary forums. They know that competition may be lurking and reading, even if not posting.
There is no loyalty in our business.