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11 Electronic Signature Options and Why You Should Use Them


Electronic signatures are as valid for business contracts as signatures signed in ink on paper. That’s been the case since the year 2000, when a U.S. Federal law known as the Electronic Signatures in Global and International Commerce act, was enacted.

According to Nolo.com, people have “several different ways to indicate their electronic signatures, including typing the signer’s name into the signature area, pasting in a scanned version of the signer’s signature, clicking an ‘I accept’ button,” among other ways.

One of the biggest draws for electronic signatures, or e-signatures, is the convenience the service offers.



It’s a less time consuming solution than printing and faxing contracts around. Documents can be signed instantly online and often on any device available.

The end-to-end service offered by e-signature providers will route the document to all those required to sign. Automatic reminders can be sent out to help people remember to sign, and you are notified once everyone has signed as soon as it’s done.

Electronic signature platforms maintain the executed copy on a platform/dashboard so you always have them available, or they integrate with a File storage service such as Google Docs or Dropbox, so you always know where to find the executed contract (a common problem in businesses, that the contract once signed gets misplaced or can’t be found).

There is typically also a PDF created of documents you can save and archive.

E-signatures are recognized for business contracts between two private parties, but it should be noted that not all situations allow you to sign electronically. Court documents, a last will and testament, adoption or divorce papers, and family law matters can not use electronic signatures.

Other situations include repossession, foreclosure, eviction, and product recall notices. With that mind, consider implementing electronic signatures in your business. Below is a list of electronic signature sites and service providers to check out.

Eversign

Eversign bills itself as a legally binding digital signature platform you can access from anywhere — office, home, or via mobile.

The company says it offers eSignatures meeting the most stringent security and authentication guidelines under U.S. and European law and around the world.

The platform also offers a variety of options when entering your signature. These include drawing, typing, uploading an existing signature, or using Eversign’s platform to generate a new signature.

Sertifi

Sertifi works with what you have by accepting more than 300 different file types including Word, Excel, and PDF.

The electronic signature service offers a collaboration features so customers can post comments or questions about documents in a centralized area, so no more back and forth emails. Tracking helps you know the status of sent documents and manage activity.

Sertifi also offers Payment Bridge, a service that allows customers to submit payments immediately after signing a deal or contract so you can get paid faster.

RightSignature

electronic signature sites servicesRightSignature was founded in 2009 but last year was acquired by software company Citrix. RightSignature offers similar features as other esignature services but at a lower cost and backed by the company known for Cloud collaboration software.

Paid plans start at $11 a month. There is also a customizable Business Plus plan that starts at $99 a month.

eSignly

For a more budget friendly option, eSignly is one of the electronic signature sites that offers business plans starting at $10 per month per user. This company may not be as feature rich as other e-signature services but they do offer the basics of what you need to cut down on your business’s paper-based processes.

With eSignly you can manage end-to-end actions, have digital evidence of every electronic signature, document tracking, and documents can be signed from any device.

e-Sign Live by Silanis

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Founded in 1992, e-Sign Live calls themselves the enterprise market leader and process over 600 million e-signed transactions annually.

The company boasts offering flexible solutions for business by offering “any premises” e-signatures. Its technology can be deployed on premises, on a private cloud, or through their Software as a Service (SaaS) offering.

Canvas

Canvas seeks to replace all your business’s paper forms and manual processes with mobile business apps. They offer Signature Capture so customers can sign documents on mobile devices. But Canvas also offers more than 13,000 applications in its business-only app store.

Users will be able to utilize apps that provide features such as collaboration, mobile payments, job dispatching, and barcode scanning. Pricing hits somewhere in the mid range. A basic business plan will run you $22 per month per user.

DocuSign

DocuSign boasts being the simple to use global standard for esignature with 50 million users in 188 countries and offering bank-grade security. The company’s service is purportedly simple to use and feature-rich, offering solutions for individuals, small businesses or enterprises.

Pricing for DocuSign is on the higher end. A business plan will run you $30 per month per user, or you could choose the business premium plan for $125 per user per month. But it does offer a wide range of plans to choose from, so one may work for you.

eSign Genie

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If you are thinking about dipping your toe into e-signatures for your business, eSign Genie is a free service you could consider. And they boast an easy to use system that requires 30 percent less clicks when sending a document for signing than other electronic signature services.

The company says on its website that the service will not be free forever. As the service expands, the company plans to start charging, but for now you can try the full service free of charge.

SigningHub

SigningHub boasts servicing banks, global companies, and over 15 governments around the world. With customers like these SigningHub makes the effort to be certified against EU and U.S. standards as well as meeting a wide set of security compliance certifications.

The service is available as a software product for on-premise hosting as well as public or private cloud service.

Signix

electronic signature sites servicesSignix boasts ensuring the highest level of enforceability for business documents. They put in a lot of effort into making sure their products are compliant, legal, and secure. The company claims its technology is based on international standards to make your business’s documents legally valid forever.

Signix includes detailed logs of events for signed documents in case your business documents are challenged in court. It also offers protection against document tampering and notifies you in real-time should tampering occur.

Adobe Document Cloud

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You may recognize Adobe Document Cloud by the former name EchoSign. The service combines Acrobat and PDF with online services to allow users to prepare, send, and archive documents for signature no matter where you are.

Document Cloud also offers a tracking feature so you can check the status of sent documents, whether they have been opened, signed, or returned.

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Tabby McFarland


Tabby McFarland Tabby McFarland is a staff writer and web researcher for Small Business Trends. As a staff writer she specializes in social media, technology, special interest features, and e-commerce. A geek at heart, Tabby loves to be online interacting with the blogging community. Tabby is a WAHM (work at home mom) and is also an avid Pinterest enthusiast with a strong sense of style and creativity.

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  1. Yes bu have you given http://www.skysignature.com a try? I use them for free.

  2. Great lists. I personally used some of these services and it was nice experience. I think that the ability to use electronic signatures definetely ease the whole process of work with documents.

  3. Hello,

    I just came across this articles and I found eSignly.com. We are using this website and we are really happy with the services. We recommend eSignly for other users as well. 10/10

    Thanks,
    Pratik

  4. Hello,

    Informative list created over here. I too use the esigngenie.com personally for my business. It is very easy to use and user friendly.. i found that it takes very less time and help to get signed documents easily.

  5. You may add concordnow.com to this list.

  6. Sheila Schwerin

    I need to know do any of these work for a company with 160 locations that submit new hire paperwork with I-9’s to a centralized home office? We just want to make sure we are in compliance, and would we have to buy signatures for each employee that signed their paperwork?

    • In the majority of cases, no, you only pay for users that send out contracts. Also most of the eSignature vendors are cloud based (such as Legalesign) and so it does not matter how many locations/offices your company has.

  7. You can also add Legalesign.com to this list.

  8. If you want to add something more than just e-signatures to you business you should look at Getaccept. This is e-signatures for sales reps. More focus on the process between sending the sales document to getting it signed. The e-signature is just a small part, we focus on helping the sales rep to push the deal forward to in order to get it signed. Smart sales automation in the end of the sales process.

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  9. so, eSignly sucks. I just tried it and it is spooling endlessly trying to upload my document.

  10. Anyone with any suggestions on products like Adobe Echosign? I need a product that will allow our customers to complete and sign a standard authorization.

  11. Does anyone know of a service that allows me to insert a link to the document (template specifically) that needs signing onto an email, rather than sending the document from one of these companies?

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