You’ve probably heard of electronic signatures or esignature, but you may not be familiar with how they work or how to create an eSignature agreement. An electronic signature, also known as an “e-signature,” is a legal way to sign a document electronically. In order to create an eSignature agreement, you’ll need to follow a few simple steps. In this blog post, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know about creating an eSignature agreement.
1. Gather the Parties Involved
The first step in creating an eSignature agreement is to gather the parties involved. You’ll need the email address of each person who will be signing the agreement. Some software allows you to add cell phone numbers so that each party can receive text updates about the status of the document.
2. Draft the Document
Once you have the contact information for all parties involved, you can draft the document that will become the eSignature agreement. This can be done in a word processing program , or in a dedicated eSignature software. Be sure to include all pertinent information in the document, such as the date, names of all parties involved, and what each party is agreeing to do. Proofread the document carefully to ensure that there are no errors.
3. Send the Document for Signature
Once the document is drafted, it’s time to send it out for signature. In most cases, this can be done electronically with just a few clicks. This will largely depend on the software you’re using. Some software will allow you to send the document directly to the other party, while others will require that you first upload it to a secure server. Be sure to read the instructions carefully so that you know how to send the document for signature.
4. Review and Sign the Document
Once you receive the document, take some time to review it carefully. Make sure that everything is in order and that you understand what you’re agreeing to. If everything looks good, you can sign the document electronically.
5. Collect Signatures
After sending out the document for signature, all that’s left to do is sit back and wait for the signatories to return their signed copies. Depending on the software you’re using, you may be able to track who has signed and who has yet to sign. Generally speaking, however, it’s a good idea to follow up with each party personally to make sure they’ve received and signed the document in a timely manner.
6. Keep Signed Copies on File
Once all parties have signed the document, make sure to keep copies on file for your records. These days, most companies keep digital records rather than physical ones; if that’s your preference, make sure only authorized personnel has access to them (for example, by storing them in a password-protected folder). But if you prefer physical records, simply print out copies of each signed document and keep them in a filing cabinet or other secure location.
As you can see from these easy-to-follow steps, creating an eSignature agreement is simple and straightforward—and it doesn’t take long at all! We hope this blog post has given you a better understanding of how electronic signatures work and how you can use them in your business dealings. Happy signing!