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Creating a free electronic signature is a simple process. You can choose to use dedicated software with advanced document workflow tools or create a signature in an application like Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat.
Whether you’re signing personal documents or working in a business context with contracts, proposals, invoices, etc., using an electronic signature instead of a traditional pen and ink alternative will save time and resources, not to mention the hassle of printing and scanning. paper documents.
In this post, we’ll show you how to sign a document with a free electronic signature, how to identify the software that’s right for you, and review some of the best free apps on the market.
Why should you create a free electronic signature?
There are many reasons to create a free electronic signature. Here is a quick overview of the main benefits:
- The electronic signature of a document is much faster than the manual signature.
- Electronic signatures are legally enforceable. Also, because the people involved in a typical signing process typically communicate via email, a full “audit trail” can be accessed if the need arises.
- Many electronic signature platforms are free to use. If you need more advanced functionality, subscriptions are competitively priced.
- Using an electronic signature allows you to approve documents on the go. Apps are available to view, sign, and return documents on your tablet or mobile device.
Now let’s see how to find an app that meets your needs.
Choose a free electronic signature platform that meets your needs
As electronic signatures have become the preferred method of approving documents, more and more applications are entering the market. This can make choosing an electronic signature platform a slow process. And distinguishing between platforms with similar feature sets is difficult.
However, you can drastically reduce the time it takes to find a suitable app by keeping a few key points in mind.
First, make sure any potential platform has a simple and intuitive upload and sign workflow. It should be possible to approve and save a document in minutes.
Second, go for a free plan that doesn’t impose any usage limits. You should be able to upload and add signatures to as many documents as you want.
Finally, think about what features you’d like if you decide to upgrade to a paid plan one day. For example, is a comprehensive integration library essential? What about the in-depth analysis? Are you anticipating automating much of your workflow?
The 4 best free electronic signature platforms
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the sheer number of ecommerce platforms to choose from, don’t worry. Here are reviews of four of the best apps on the market:
- PandaDoc – PandaDoc provides a long-term free plan (users are not required to upgrade at a later stage) that allows unlimited signing and sending of documents, which is very rare in the e-signature space. You can use the platform to create and store a free electronic signature. Plus, PandaDoc supports a wide range of document formats and has a mobile app, so you can access all your documents even on the go.
- digital signer – The free DigiSigner plan has a sending allowance of three documents per month. Documents can have multiple signers. The premium plans are competitively priced and all have a 14-day free trial, making it a good option if you’re hoping to upgrade at a future date.
- adobe acrobat – If you only need to add signatures to documents, rather than create a simplified approval workflow that includes sending to recipients, Adobe Acrobat may suffice. The well-known app has electronic signature functionality and you can create and save your signature for free. If you receive documents in a format other than PDF, you’ll need to convert them to access them from Acrobat.
- hellosign – HelloSign is a well-known brand in the electronic signature space that is now owned by DropBox. Their free plan is limited to three requests per month and includes notification settings, a full audit trail, and a mobile app. Unfortunately, the free version of the app does not integrate with DropBox.
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