a Notary Public Side Hustle could be for You
The world of work is changing, and you’ll often hear how important it is to have a secondary source of income. Prices are rising, and we’re learning to prioritize our mental health above all (rightfully so). Sure, you can turn your creative hobby into a money-making venture, or you can lean into something that’s both rewarding and fun and turn it into extra income. Have you ever considered becoming a notary public? Do you crave a flexible schedule? Like being your own boss? If so, this could be the perfect side venture for you.
Notaries were high in demand in 2020, and there are no signs of it slowing down. Notaries across the country saw huge spikes in requests for service on wills, powers of attorney, pension forms, advance medical directives, 401k withdrawal requests and other important personal documents.
If you’re worried about giving up your main source of income, there are some things that you can do to ease into it.
Research the market demand
The first and most important step is to add your new side hustle into your everyday routine gradually. Start by doing the research. How many notaries are in your area? What spaces can you fill? What could you offer the community that might help you stand out from the rest? Then, work on getting appointed as a notary, or if you’re already a paralegal or lawyer, you’re only an application away, depending on the state you live in.
Do you have time?
When you’re serious about integrating your new side hustle into your working life, you’ll need to make time for it. Don’t try to do it all at once. Set aside a set amount of hours a week to slowly introduce your paralegal services and get clients. Once you have a steady stream of interest, you can work on letting go of your 9-5 job. If you plan on taking your side hustle full time, a great way to shift into a new career is to look into your options.
Would your current employer allow for a leave of absence? If so, you could use that time to explore what it would be like to go full force into a new line of work. Maybe your current employer would allow you to go part-time. That way, you wouldn’t have to commit to your side hustle fully, and it would give you a chance to see if you really like it.
Many people who take on a side hustle do well if they keep their full-time jobs and only work a few hours on their other money-making pursuits. You have to decide what works best for you. No matter what you choose, you’ll end up with a new stream of income that could help with your bills or funding more costly endeavors like renovations, vacations, or investing in real estate.
Side Hustle Nation reports that mobile notaries can make a decent amount per signing. Check out their article on mobile notaries.
Having a side hustle can open up many doors and create opportunities to give you a sense of financial freedom and what we all need; a little bit of breathing room. It’s never a bad thing to be prepared for whatever life might throw your way.
If you’re considering creating a notary public side hustle, now’s the time to look into what that could look like for you. Block out some time today to research the steps you need to take to make your side hustle dream a reality. It’s easier than you think to add that extra stream of income that could benefit you in so many ways. You don’t have to work harder to make your financial dreams a reality if you start working smarter by exploring what a side hustle can do for you.
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