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I Don't Have Competition. I Have Opportunity

Services for Real Estate Pros with Cheryl Lee Handavaka Mobile Notary Public

Today I was asked a question by a fellow notary that made me ponder for few a moments before I replied.  He asked me how I "do it" with so much competition in my area(?). 

"Do It?" Meaning successfully run my Notary Loan Signing Business?  Competition? I thought,  YIKES!  Well, I guess it is out there, but I haven't based my business practice or motives on the woes of my competitors.  As a matter of a fact, I have to honestly say that I have learned from the best, in my opinion, both local and afar.  (AFAR?  Ok, Cheryl...ease up on the "SHREK" lingo!)

Seriously, though, I constantly challenge myself and push myself to market my business.  Perhaps because if I don't, this so-called competition will.  So, I do check out the business practices of those that are seemingly successful at what they do, (not necessarily all Notary Signing Agents, either). I've talked to some of the VERY best in our industry.  Wow...They ARE VERY PLEASANT people, afterall!  I take notes. I apply reasonable and attainable business ideas and press forward with fortitude and entrepreneurial perseverence.

My "competition" is my fellow notary. Ok, Yeah, so what.  Over 400 + notary signing agents just in my general vicinity alone. (and my phone still rings).  I guess this is what he was implying. 

I'm fully aware of the competitive market.  But I don't see it in a bad way.  I am working everyday.  I am getting calls regularly.   Yet, I have no awe-inspiring secret to success story...(Well, not yet, anyway!)

I see others in this industry as constant reminders that I must do a very, VERY good job in my business, and to work harder and make sure that there are no mistakes...to cross every "t", dot every "i", make a good impression (notarial seal impression, that is), and do the best that I can do for my clients...

To me, my so-called competition are my comrades, my leaders-who show me great opportunities, my followers-whom I must show great opportunities to as well...I see this as having a competitive edge. 


Thank You For Enduring Yet Another Piece of Me.

Cheryl Lee Anderson, Notary Signing Agent




Denise OnullDell
Santa Clarita Mobile Notary - Santa Clarita, CA
Mobile Notary Public/Real Estate Agent

Cheryl -Excellent post!  So positive and very well said.  I like the "comrade" attitude.  I feel the same way.  I'm a real estate agent as well, and boy... talk about competition!  I don't get that "comrade" feeling there sometimes.  Maybe because real estate is a more competitive business than the notary business -- at least in my opinion.  Not sure.  It's even more difficult if you're a REALTOR notary.

I agree with you... marketing yourself is key in this business.  If you're not getting your name out there, how will people find you?

I wish you continued success!


Jul 09, 2008 01:28 PM
Cheryl Willis
RE/MAX Solutions- OZARK MISSOURI - Mount Vernon, MO
MO Broker - Mt Vernon, Monett, Aurora, Barry & Law

I agree with Denise the name is important especially when you have such a great one- glad to see that you have your five groups to post too.  if you need to mix it up a bit don't forget about the other name sakes-  cw

Jul 10, 2008 05:39 AM