What is an eSignature or electronic signature?
An electronic signature or eSignature is a secure, legally binding signature on a form or contract that is collected digitally, rather than with pen and ink. This allows documents to be signed virtually, and makes the process much quicker, more efficient, and more cost effective than it has been traditionally.
How do you sign a document online?
Documents are sent for online signature via email. To sign a document online, you simply open it, read it through, and then click on the signature line to affirm your consent for the use of eSignature. To sign the document, you can use a pre-typed signature or draw your own on the signature line. Once all parties sign a document, a copy of the final, signed document is sent out via email.
How can eSignatures help my business?
Electronic signatures create many advantages for businesses that use them. They are a more efficient, more cost effective way to gather necessary signatures on critical business documents, agreements, and contracts. They create a better signing experience for customers and they speed up business cycles because they are faster than outdated methods. They are secure and legally binding, at the same time.
Are eSignatures as valid and secure as ink signatures?
Yes, electronic or eSignatures have the same validity as ink signatures, in most cases (and sometimes are considered more authoritative and tamper-resistant). Because sensitive documents and data are encrypted and transmitted behind firewalls, instead of being mailed or emailed, and signers’ identities are authenticated, electronic signatures are often thought to be more secure than ink signatures.
How do you add an electronic signature to your PDF document template?
Once you upload a document, Word or PDF, you can assign signers to it, and drag and drop tags for where signatures will be collected. That way, when the person you email it to opens the document, they simply click on the signature line to affix their signature, just as they would with any other document.