In the latest Loan Signing System success story, Lara's journey stands out—not just for its financial milestones but for her resilience and sheer determination that marked every step of her journey.
A journey that began in the middle of a recession in 2012, with a trusty $1,000 beater car that she ran to the ground in order to start her business.
It was a period marked by personal challenges, including a fresh divorce and the responsibility of two young children.
"I literally had two dollars to my name— and I had 2 kids to feed so I had to figure it out." Lara recounts.
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Charting a New Course: From Survival to Success
Lara wasn't just aiming to pay her bills, she was aiming to redefine her life.
Stripping her expenses to the bare essentials was her strategic survival tactic.
It meant that even on days when only three signings were on the books, she could still keep the lights on.
Her resilience during these times wasn't about luxury—it was about survival and the refusal to return to a life that now repulsed her.
The COVID Catalyst and a Lesson in Going Direct
While the world encountered unprecedented challenges in 2020 and 2021 with the COVID pandemic, Lara found her business flourishing.
Ironically, the hustle of the COVID years masked the potential gains of "going direct" — a realization that hit her when direct opportunities presented themselves.
One of Lara's biggest regrets was not understanding the value of working directly with clients sooner.
Lara admits once she became a Loan Signing System student after already making six figures - the coaching, mentorship and community is just what she needed to push her business to new heights.
"In moments of uncertainty, I ran back to the familiarity of a desk job when the signings slowed down," she admits.
As a notary loan signing agent, Lara discovered not just the potential for greater earnings, but the freedom to shape her days, to weave in moments with her children, and to pursue her love for travel.
Income Journey: The Road Less Traveled
Lara's income journey has been nothing short of remarkable.
Before becoming a Loan Signing System student, she made a staggering $240,000 in 2021.
Then, as interest rates rose post-COVID peak, she didn't retreat—she doubled down.
With the aid of a coach and mentor, she navigated the shifts in the market with agility, earning $123,000 in 2022 and a whopping $15,000 just last month in September 2023.
Learning to Work Smarter, Not Just Harder
"This isn't just about working hard, it's about working smart," Lara emphasizes.
"Don't just listen to the voice of self-doubt. Trust in your abilities and the value you bring to the table."
Looking back, Lara wishes she had believed in herself a little more, wondering, "What if my business had exploded in my fifth year instead of the seventh?"
Her story embodies the transition from hard work to smart work — the pivotal moment when she realized that by redirecting her energy, she could work less and earn more.
Final Words of Encouragement
To those doubting their path or contemplating a leap of faith, Lara's advice is clear and simple: "Rip off the bandaid and do it. You won't look back"
She assures that it's an amazing business, one where the initial fear of leaving a conventional job is replaced by the freedom and fulfillment of being your own boss.
Lara's story serves as an inspiration, urging us to never stop learning and growing.
About the Author
Mark Wills is the course instructor of the top rated Loan Signing System agent training course. He has been an active professional loan signing agent for nearly 20 years and owns a loan signing service that does thousands of signings a year.