Despite the fact that we live in the age of smartphones, connected homes, and self-driving cars, some people will still send you a PDF to sign and return. Some might even tell you to print it, sign it, and return it. But who has a printer? And if you do have a printer, why are you wasting so much paper?
There are better ways to sign documents. Legitimate ways that place your signature in all the right spots, and even allow you to check off the right boxes. Actually, there are a ton of different electronic signing apps out there that will make your life easier and printer-free. Here are some of the best options.
This is, arguably, one of the first document signing apps to hit the market. DocuSign lets you sign documents from your desktop (just download or click and drag and sign), or from your phone. DocuSign has both an iOS and Android app, and it makes signing anything simple. You can sign up for a free trial of DocuSign, but after a few times you’ll have to pay for the app. If you want more business features, the app also has a Premium Account option that you can use.
This app is particularly user friendly if you use Gmail. HelloSign lets you use Gmail (and Drive) to sign apps directly from Google. If someone has sent you a PDF, just download it to Google Docs, and then upload it to HelloSign. From there, you can sign the document using HelloSign’s tools, which are quite useful and easy to use.
Once you’re done, you can either download the document to send to someone, or send directly from the HelloSign app. HelloSign lets you sign up to four documents per month for free. After that, you have to pay for the app. Make your life simpler by adding this app to Chrome.
This app works best if you are using it from an iOS device. SignNow lets you select files from Dropbox or from your email. After you’ve selected a document to sign, you can use your touchscreen to make the signatures happen. SignNow offers a particularly portable signing option, and you can save a number of different features using this app.
How Secure Are These Apps?
The one thing that you might be worried about (as you should be) is whether or not using an electronic signing app is secure. Physical signatures might feel secure, but the truth is that your handwritten signature is just as simple to steal as any signature that’s stored in the cloud or elsewhere. If you do have to sign some very sensitive documents, it’s a good idea to use a program that lets you send an encrypted signature. This way, nobody can read the document or see your signature.
For the most part, though, electronic signatures are safe and secure, and will make your life a lot simpler. Plus, you don’t have to run out and buy a scanner or printer just to send in one document.