Technology and the internet disrupt industries, professions and services on a daily basis. It’s no different when it comes to notaries and the notarization process.
Remote online notarization software platforms allow people from all over the world at any time to have their documents notarized online.
In order to benefit from offering RON services, it helps to have a good understanding of some basic marketing techniques and strategies. You can use this information to help start your own remote online notary practice.
New RON business owners often struggle to figure out how to get started and what equipment and marketing efforts to put forth. But, getting started doesn't have to be difficult, if you just take it one step at a time, you can have your business running at a profit in no time.
1. How to get started as a remote online notary. Before deciding becoming a remote online notary is right for you, sit down and think about your career goals.
Many people decide the remote notary business isn't for them because the envision themselves sitting at home trapped to a desk all day. Others see it as offering a call-center type of service and may be exactly what they are trying to avoid.
The truth is several entrepreneurs are already killing it with RON and you can too if you decide it's right for you.
If you like (or aren't intimidated) by technology, provide excellent customer service and enjoy virtually visiting places all over the world, then remote online notarization is a great fit for you to add to your list of notarial services.
The best place to start is on your Secretary of State's website. Here you'll find information on how to get started as a traditional notary first and then whether or not your state has legalized remote online notarization.
In order to complete your RON application, you'll need some equipment first, so let's take a look at what's needed.
2. What equipment do I need to get started as a remote online notary? You'll need at least one computer, a webcam and a method of accepting payments, and high-speed internet.
The computer should be secure and reliable and can be either a desktop or a laptop.
It pays to invest in a good webcam and a decent microphone/headset, so your signers can see and hear you clearly, and you'll be able to produce better audio/video for recording purposes.
For a smoother and more secure user and client experience, you’ll want to connect your computer directly to your router or modem.
3. Which RON platforms should I use? Well, well, well, that's the $64,000 question, isn't it?
It just so happens that you've landed on a site that is going to give you the BEST answer to that question!
Be sure and register for RONLINE '21 because we'll have vendors from over a dozen RON platform companies presenting.
Our industry experts will also be sticking around for a question-and-answer session and will also be available in breakout rooms after their sessions have ended.
Remote online notarization platforms must all be authorized to operate by your Secretary of State's office. Some states provide a list of RON vendors, while others require you to do your own research.
Lucky you - we'll do your homework for you! All you have to do is register for our free event.
4. How do I market my remote online notary services? The best way to market your remote online notary services is not much different than any other business - you need to have a strategy.
In today's digital world, you'll want to have a website, professional email address and an easy method for scheduling appointments.
You'll also want to design an email marketing campaign. (One of the bonuses of attending RONLINE '21 is an email marketing planner that will help you plot this important component of your efforts.)
It's important to make a list of your contacts and reach out to every one of them and let them know you've given birth to a new business baby - and offer your services as a remote online notary.
You can also take the loan signing agent approach and alter your pitch scripts just a bit by emphasizing the convenience and security RON can provide for mortgage brokers, loan officers, real estate agents and title companies.
Attorneys and law firms are also particularly appreciative of a great RON service.
You can help people by providing an important service to anybody no matter where they're located in the world. The best way to move forward is to write it down, type it out, set goals and deadlines.
Review regularly to see what's working and tweak what isn't. If you have a plan and a desire to succeed, you'll be profitable in no time.
We'll have at least a couple of sessions devoted completely to marketing RON services and find out how the experts are doing it. Be sure and register today - it's free!
5. How do I charge for my remote online notary services? If you think you can jack up your fees, cool your jets and make sure your check your state laws to see what limitations, if any, exist.
The fee is negotiated between you and the client whether it's a loan document signing, a notarization of a vendor agreement, or a corporate notarization.
What's important is to recognize what fees are considered industry standard (check what the big boys are charging) and price your services accordingly.
You must also have a method of accepting payments online such as Stripe or PayPal so customers have a secure payment method using their credit card.
6. Treat your business like a business. There are several considerations here, but let’s start with the basics. You need to know how to form your business.
Tax burdens and benefits, professional liability and insurance choices need to be thoughtfully considered.
Separate your business account from your professional account and figure out a way to pay yourself, taxes and bills at regular intervals.
You can take your business to the next level by leveraging business credit. And if you’re a visionary and you want to forge your own RON path, you can purchase a white-label RON platform and then the world will truly be your oyster.
All of these topics, and more, will be discussed at RONLINE ’21.
A chat box, question and answer sessions and breakout rooms allow attendees to network, engage with presenters and step through the process of becoming a successful e-notary.
A notary’s duties have mostly gone unchanged for centuries. But those days are over. The 21st century way to notarize is here.
Register today for RONLINE ’21 and see what all the fuss is about.