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What is an Electronic Signature?

An electronic signature or e-signature lets people sign documents online, instead of using pen and paper. eSignature is widely recognized as legally binding in the European Union, the UK, the United States, Canada, and many other areas of the world.


HelloSign provides an easy-to-use solution for companies to send documents for eSignatures online, track the progress of requests, and get documents signed directly from their device in a safer and faster way than pen and paper. It is trusted by millions of users and is recognized as a leading electronic signature tool and solution by analyst firms.

The reasons to switch to eSignatures are compelling…

Being able to do electronic signatures is great for improving workflows. You can eliminate the need to print, sign and then scan the document. eSignatures streamline the process for completing paperwork and reduces productivity waste.

Some of the other ways electronic signatures are beneficial include:

  • Faster turnaround time for completed documents and contracts
  • Better security and document tracking
  • Lowering your costs
  • Eliminating paper waste

Getting started with eSignatures is quick, easy and free with HelloSign

Signing a document using HelloSign only takes a few minutes. Here are the steps to eSigning your first document:

  1. Create a Hellosign account.
  2. Choose who needs to sign (“Just me”, “Me & Others”, or “Just Others”).
  3. Upload your document.
  4. Sign or add signature fields.
  5. Send off your document to the intended recipient.

It really is as simple as that…and what’s more, it’s free! Get some time back in your day, sign up and start signing today.

Electronic Signature FAQs

How do I create an eSignature?

Electronic signatures can be created in a number of different ways. For example, it is possible to create an eSignature by drawing it manually using a cursor, finger or stylus. Alternatively, an image of an existing paper signature can be uploaded, turned into a .png file and overlaid onto the signature line of a document. And lastly, an electronic signature can be created by typing it with a keyboard and applying a font that best matches your own style.

Find out how to create an electronic signature using HelloSign here

Are electronic signatures legal?

Electronic signatures are as legal as a paper signature. They are federally protected in the United States by the ESIGN Act 2000, as well as being protected by various acts and legislations internationally. HelloSign has customers across the world using electronic signatures for documents that require being bound by legality and authenticity, across Europe, Asia and beyond.


Are electronic signatures free?

HelloSign allows you to open a free account, where you'll get three free electronic signatures per month. Any Pro plan or above allows unlimited documents. Click here to sign up.

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Essentials

Starting at
$15 USD
/month
Billed annually as $180 USD

Standard

Min 2 users, starting at
$25 USD
/month
Billed annually as $600 USD

Features

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The number of individuals in your company that will be sending out documents for signature.
1 user
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Templates
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Templates are perfect for documents that need to be reused and sent out for eSignature frequently.
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Essentials

Starting at
$20 USD
/month
Billed annually as $180 USD

Standard

Min 2 users, starting at
$30 USD
/month
Billed annually as $600 USD

Features

Users
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The number of individuals in your company that will be sending out documents for signature.
1 user
Buy 2 to users, online
More than 4 users, contact us
Templates
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Templates are perfect for documents that need to be reused and sent out for eSignature frequently.
5
15
Audit trail
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Audit trails are associated with transactions to ensure actions are tracked and time-stamped.
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