How to Advertise Your Notary Services

A notary public is a state officer commissioned by his or her state of residence to serve the public as an unbiased, impartial witness. More than likely, if you are a commissioned notary, you have undergone some kind of training or classes to become a knowledgeable expert in how to perform your notarial duties.

For most, there has been an application process and fee paid, and, in some cases, there is an exam to pass. Now that you've invested such time and effort into beginning your notary career, you may wish to advertise your notarial services so that the public will know how and where to find you and have an awareness of the services that you can offer. The easiest and most convenient way to do this is through establishing an online presence by creating your own personal notary website.

Your notary website can be just as simple or elaborate as you wish to make it, but it should contain some basic elements. Since all notary services must be performed on a face-to-face basis, the public will need to know exactly where your business is located and how they can contact you, whether via phone or email. You may wish to add a link to a map service like MapQuest or Google Maps so clients can find you easily. Indicate if "walk-ins" are accepted or if your services are, "by appointment only." When marketing your business, the most important information for your potential clients to know is the type of services you offer, so you will want to list these prominently on your website. You may want to indicate that you offer all basic notary services and then make a list of items using words that the general public may understand, such as powers of attorney or real estate transactions and depositions.

Your clients will need to know your hours of operation (i.e. when your services are available). Be sure to indicate a time frame that you can live with on a daily basis. If you are operating out of your home, you may wish to indicate hours that may not interfere with the activities of other family members. If you are a notary who provides mobile notary services, you should indicate on your website the areas or counties to which you are willing to travel; this is known as your coverage area. Again, make sure you only include areas you are willing to travel to; you want to be sure your clients know exactly what they can expect from you. Notary fees are prescribed by the statutes of each state, so you will want to indicate the flat notary fee for each of the basic notary services. Notaries should clearly state additional fees for mobile services; perhaps listing a specific price for a range of miles. If you provide photocopies, indicate a price per each page copied. It is also important to state how you are willing to receive payment: cash only, checks, PayPal, or credit/debit cards.

Surprisingly, there are many neighborhoods throughout the country that do not have a great many accessible notaries; you will provide a vital and convenient service to your community by advertising your notarial services and making your location and availability known.

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