Inside the Hustle

I’ve been texting a prospect notary client for over the course of 30 minutes. She found my ad on Craig’s list and needed someone to meet her at the Long Beach county (it’s actually the Century Regional Detention Facility) to have her wife sign a document to get their/her car out of impound.

Sure. $15 for the notarization. $40 for my travel fee, after all it’s outside of my service area. The last time I had to appear at jail for a client, we just had one of their officer people get the guy. Uh-uh. Not for this facility. They want you to create an account, make an appointment online a week in advance. I mean, damn!

So, I’m just waiting to see what the client says. Some of the challenges I face, as I continue to learn all about the reasons why someone needs a notary.

Inside the Hustle: Delivering Notarized Documents

My notary work from Friday is now complete. I took a bus to the Red Line. From the North Hollywood station Ubered to the attorney’s office in which I was suppose to drop off the paperwork. Almost got hit by a car crossing Ventura Blvd.

All for two minutes of work. And $80. $30 of actual notarization services and $50, of travel fees. But I’m pretty sure that was all eaten up. So, I broke even. It happens. Part of the cost of doing business.

But I offered exemplary service which I’m proud of. Texted the client this morning to confirm in was en route to the attorney’s office and made sure I had the right address. Then once undropped off the documents, I texted him a photo of the location and called him letting him know everything was delivered and completed.

My favorite part: CashApp-ing him.

Inside the Hustle: Double Duty Notary Signing

Finally made it home after seeing two notary clients back to back after work. Thank God I got off at 3pm today. One cclient liver in the The Hollywood Dells area and the other lived in the Hollywood Hills area. Both areas are very affluent and well off in terms of homes. Those people definitely do not go without. But the reception was crappy. After I left the first client in the Hollywood Dells area, I had a hard time getting an Uber to go to the next client because of the reception. And when I finally did get an Uber, somehow, it gave my driver the wrong address. Luckily, my driver was kind enough to enter the second client’s address into his Waze app. Each notary session took about 90 seconds to complete and yet, I probably spent an hour and half commuting to them and back home. Ugh!

I think going forward I’m going to decline that area for recieving clients. It’s not an ideal situation for using cell phone reception. And I need reception when calling for an Uber to travel. Now I’m home. I’m hungry. Didn’t get to go to Payless like I wanted before the stores close for good.

But, all in a days work. Right?

Happy Friday: Opportunity

Happy Friday, ladies. Happy Friday everyone! Today is going to be wildly successful and I am moving into my goal of becoming successful, abundantly wealthy and completely fulfilled in my life.

This has been a very long week, but don’t we say that about all the weeks? Ha! This week feels especially long because of the opportunities that presented themselves to me as well as the things I still need to get accomplished. But all in all, it has felt like an amazing week.

I met up with Ms. Renee this past Wednesday in Downtown Los Angeles to learn that she would like to employ my services for a self publishing project she’s working on. In addition, Elle told me she refered me to a friend of hers in North Carolina who’s working on a product launch and her friend wants to hire my services for her content needs when marketing and delivering her message to the public. So… yea… loving it!

All lot going on, but I just need to start cracking down on my time management so I can get all these projects done and completed and take in new and exciting work like what I’ve been presented with.

The opportunities are there. We just can’t stop working or we’ll lose our momentum and traction. Let’s be real, your goals aren’t going to complete themselves!

Stay Motivated: Never Say “No”, Because of An “I Don’t Know”

I receive a text earlier this afternoon from a prospect notary client asking for a notary presenter service. Having never performed this service before, my first thought was, huh?

In the short year and a half I’ve been a notary, I have never been asked to provide this particular service. Every notary service has been me stamping, me witnessing signatures and other people signing. In a nutshell, at least. So when I got this request, I was dumbfounded. I first wanted to reply back and say “no and good luck”. I didn’t want to perform a service that I hadn’t done before and I definitely didn’t want to mess it up. Notary services are considering legal services . That’s why we’re all require to take out a bond. I happen to also be insured.

But then it dawned on me I wasn’t doing what I tell everyone else to do: Google it. Had this been anyone else dealing with me, I would have very strongly suggested they Google whatever they didn’t know. So that’s exactly what I did. And it took a few clicks and opening pages to confirm that I understood what this client was asking of me. I read and reread the information until I felt comfortable responding back to the client and negotiating a fee.

I responded back about an hour and half later after their text and unfortunately, they had found someone else to perform the service. But I don’t feel bad. I don’t feel like I missed out, even though I’m not the notary they’re using. I would have felt like I missed out had I said no without even trying to understand what was being asked of me. But now that I took the time and researched the service in greater detail, I feel confident in handling this in future should I ever be asked again.

What did Wayne Gretzky say?

“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”

Inside the Hustle: Notarizing a Seller’s Agreement

I was in the Mid-City area about an hour ago to meet a notary client who needed to have a seller’s agreement notarized for his car he was transfering to someone else. He also happened to be moving out at the same time, so I notarized his document outside his building on the sidewalk.

A little unusual, but all in all, it took about 4 minutes for the whole process, minus the commute. And the strange thing was he was a client that reached out to me weeks ago and because I didn’t hear back from him, I thought he found another solution. Glad he didn’t.

Same weekend notary jobs require me to be up and at it at a client’s notice. I hadn’t even showered yet when this client asked me for notary services. And sometimes it bes like that.

Inside the Hustle: Multiply Work

It’s Sunday morning and I am on the phone with a website client who is asking for more services. The friend who recommended me this client initially told him I could do more for him, so he’s explaining what those needs are. And it just so happens to be accompanied with a life story, an ex-wife and an attorney. Yeesh.

Typically, I try to steer from clients with this many personal problems they vocalize because they end up being more work than they’re worth, my but my friend Carlos said the client really needs me. Well, duh! But, this may have to be the last referral I take like this. I already feel drained and we haven’t begun on anything.

What does that tell you?

We’ll see. I would like to stay home today and take of care of “me” stuff. Fingers crossed.

If anyone is curious to see the website I completed for this client, you can visit www.serraocabinets.com. Tell me what you think. Be honest!

Inside the Hustle: Notary Client (Deja Vu)

Remember that notary client I saw yesterday near the Beverly Hills area? Well, I am servicing them again! Repeat clients are my favorite clients!

I left my website client in North Hollywood after spending nearly 4 and a half hours with him and now I’m headed to South LA where the client has his business to meet him for his additional notary needs.

I’m in the backseat of this Uber, nauseous as hell because I haven’t eaten all day and I haven’t had a break in between clients. And I get motion sick when I read in a moving vehicle. But would you believe, I still love doing this?

Inside the Hustle: Website Building

Sitting here with Federico working in his website for his busineds: Serrao Cabinets. This project I’ve been working slowly on because I am on his schedule. Which, I like. I use to rush clients because I needed to get paid because I had such a horrible job – ICT – but not anymore.

Now, I take my time, I go at my client’s pace. Sometimes I go a little slower, but no need to rush. Because I make sure I have a manageable rotation of clients to keep me busy and paid.

Inside the Hustle: Notarizing a Power of Attorney

This is my third time visiting an (actual) client at a rehabilitation/nursing home. And I must say, it’s sad. The situation, at least. Coming to the point of your life that you need to give someone the power to make decisions over your well being and your livelihood should you no longer be able to.

So, I’m headed to the Rehabilitation Center of Beverly Hills to weave myself in someone’s life for a brief moment hoping their loved ones have their best interest at heart.