How to do electronic signatures by dumping the fax machine and transforming your business with e-signature software

A friend of my mom’s looking for help with an insurance problem asked if I had a fax machine. Wait, didn’t those things die at least ten years ago? Don’t companies know how to do electronic signatures?

The fax machines didn’t die. They morphed into fax apps. Meanwhile, more businesses are moving to electronic signatures or e-signatures.

I’ve recently received many more business documents via email to sign electronically. Not from large companies but from small businesses, too. A way more straightforward process as I don’t have to travel to sign my name, and I have a copy I can easily access.

And wastes way less paper and storage space. Another reason to use electronic signatures on documents is security. Paper documents are easily lost or misplaced.

Tracing e-signed documents is easy, showing who signed it, where they signed, and when. There are many e-signature options to choose from, but all are uncomplicated. Speeding up the documentation process and lowering costs are more reasons.

Who doesn’t need a way to speed up the contract signing process. All signers are sent the contract at the same time. No more walking papers from one signer to another, scanning and rescanning.

All this saves time and, of course, money. Are you ready to move to electronic signatures? Here are recommendations for some of the best options. Take a look at DocuSign for contracts, Hellosign to dip your toe in, PandaDoc, or signNow.

Author: Kris Keppeler, a writer who finds technology fascinating and loves humor. She writes for Crossing Genres on and Does This Happen to You? on Channillo. Award-winning podcast producer who enjoys telling stories. Follow her @KrisKKAria on Twitter or on LinkedIn.

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