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It’s time to harness the power of electronic signatures

An electronic signature, often referred to as an e-signature, is a person's electronic expression of his or her agreement to the terms of a particular document. They are used on every sort of document you can imagine, from NDAs, sales contracts and invoices through to timesheets, employee onboarding paperwork, leases, tax forms and so much more in between. Federally protected by the ESIGN Act of 2000, electronic signatures are as legal as their paper equivalent.

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Starting at
$15 USD
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Billed annually as $180 USD

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$25 USD
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Billed annually as $600 USD

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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

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Flexibility at your fingertips

The first step in the eSigning process is to create an electronic signature. There are several different, simple ways to do this. Whichever you choose, your unique e-signature will be stored in your HelloSign account for future use.

Here are your options for how to create an electronic signature:

Draw your signature using your finger or a stylus

If you have access to a touchscreen, you can use your finger to create an electronic signature directly in your document. This is particularly helpful for when you’re signing on a mobile device or tablet.

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 Image showing a signature being created with a stylus
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Draw your signature using your finger or a stylus

If you have access to a touchscreen, you can use your finger to create an electronic signature directly in your document. This is particularly helpful for when you’re signing on a mobile device or tablet.

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Draw your signature using your finger or a stylus

If you have access to a touchscreen, you can use your finger to create an electronic signature directly in your document. This is particularly helpful for when you’re signing on a mobile device or tablet.

Upload an image of your signature

Use your phone or camera to take a picture of your paper signature. Once it’s uploaded into your HelloSign account, it will be turned into a .png file that overlays neatly over the signature line in your document.

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Image of a signature uploaded to a mobile device
Image of a signature uploaded to a mobile device
Image of a signature uploaded to a mobile device
Upload an image of your signature

Use your phone or camera to take a picture of your paper signature. Once it’s uploaded into your HelloSign account, it will be turned into a .png file that overlays neatly over the signature line in your document.

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Upload an image of your signature

Use your phone or camera to take a picture of your paper signature. Once it’s uploaded into your HelloSign account, it will be turned into a .png file that overlays neatly over the signature line in your document.

Use your cursor to draw your signature

Using your mouse or your touchpad, you can drag your cursor along the appropriate line to create a unique e-signature.

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Use your cursor to draw your signature

Using your mouse or your touchpad, you can drag your cursor along the appropriate line to create a unique e-signature.

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Use your cursor to draw your signature

Using your mouse or your touchpad, you can drag your cursor along the appropriate line to create a unique e-signature.

Use your keyboard to type in your signature

This is the easiest way to create your electronic signature. Once you’ve typed in your name, you can select a font that best matches your paper signature.

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Image showing several different fonts available for signature styling
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Image showing several different fonts available for signature styling
Use your keyboard to type in your signature

This is the easiest way to create your electronic signature. Once you’ve typed in your name, you can select a font that best matches your paper signature.

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Use your keyboard to type in your signature

This is the easiest way to create your electronic signature. Once you’ve typed in your name, you can select a font that best matches your paper signature.

Transparent Pricing

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

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 4 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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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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The reasons to switch to eSign are compelling…

Electronic signatures are great for improving workflows, by eliminating the need to print, sign and then scan a document. eSignatures streamline the process for completing paperwork and improve productivity. Enjoy faster turnaround times, enhanced security and lower costs.

Some of the other ways eSignatures are beneficial include:

  • Faster turnaround time for completed documents and contracts
  • Better security and document tracking
  • Lowering your costs
  • Eliminating paper waste
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A cycle illustrating speed, and the eco credentials of using less paper
A cycle illustrating speed, and the eco credentials of using less paper
A cycle illustrating speed, and the eco credentials of using less paper
Some of the other ways eSignatures are beneficial include:
  • Faster turnaround time for completed documents and contracts
  • Better security and document tracking
  • Lowering your costs
  • Eliminating paper waste
A cycle illustrating speed, and the eco credentials of using less paper
Some of the other ways eSignatures 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 eSign is quick and easy

Here are the steps to eSigning your first document:

  1. Create a HelloSign account.
  2. Choose who needs to sign.
  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! Sign up and start signing today.

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Image showing the final steps of eSigning a document
Getting started with eSign is quick and easy

Here are the steps to eSigning your first document:

  1. Create a HelloSign account.
  2. Choose who needs to sign.
  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! Sign up and start signing today.

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Getting started with eSign is quick and easy

Here are the steps to eSigning your first document:

  1. Create a HelloSign account.
  2. Choose who needs to sign.
  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! Sign up and start signing today.

Transparent Pricing

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

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 4 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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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
Chevron up
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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The power to do great things

A signature of your name is more powerful than you think. In a few clicks and swipes, you are well on your way to a business solution that digitally transforms your entire workflow. Only Dropbox Sign focuses on providing the easiest to use electronic signing solution that you can integrate with the business apps you already use.


Businesses spend around $350 billion each year on paperwork, with productivity losses of $19,000 per employee per year. Dropbox Sign’s signature maker software helps to lower these costs.

Out with the old, in with the new

Printing, signing and shipping documents is costing your company time, money and productivity. Our electronic signature system for Word is secure, efficient, loaded with useful features and gives you the ability to sign all of the document formats you use on a day to day basis.

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Frequently asked questions

What is an electronic signature?
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An electronic signature, also known as an eSignature, is a person’s electronic expression of his or her agreement to the terms of a particular digital document, for example a sales contract. Fully legally binding, research shows that electronic signatures can significantly speed up the time it takes to get important agreements signed, and deals closed, over their physical equivalent.

How do I create an eSignature?
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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?
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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?
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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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