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If you have landed on this page and are reading this post, then you must be thinking about using digital signature software. Well, at least toying with, the idea of, looking at, maybe, starting to, think about, and using digital signature software.
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This is good because it means that you are open to the idea of making your business processes more seamless and efficient – which is what a signature maker, like Approve Me, is all about.
In this article, I want to go over some of the key questions you should be asking when looking for digital signature software. These questions are the baseline requirements of any digital signature maker, be that Approve Me or otherwise, so feel free to compare and contrast with other products you might find.
#1 What is your budget
This is probably the foremost question you have in mind as we all have to consider our bottom line in business. Approve Me has been specifically designed, not just in terms of features, but also in terms of budget, for the freelancer and small company. We are up front about our pricing structure which you can see here: https://www.approveme.com/#pricingPlans
When considering budget you should think about how much it costs to create, sign, and deliver offline contracts. Costs that include, time (all the back and forth emailing and scanning, etc), printing costs, and possibly postage costs too. Compare those with the cost of a license for Approve Me, offering features such as re-use of contracts, automated alerts to sign, document management, and so on, that you’ll hear more about later in this article.Now we’ve got the money question over with, let’s move onto the other essentials.
#2 Do you lose contracts?
Contracts are your ‘get out of jail free card’. They are your visible agreement with your client and are highly valuable commodities. Yet we have a terrible tendency to lose contracts and other important documents.
As an additional, extra, re-usability of contracts is also a benefit of having a contract management system in place. You will probably have found that contracts are re-usable. I have certainly used contracts, especially NDA’s and the like, over and over in my company. They contain the same basic clauses, so why not adjust to a specific client, and re-use the basic contract content. Approve Me also lets you create contract templates which can be adjusted and re-used with new clients.
#3 Have you got slow contract processing times?
Getting a contract signed and sealed is one of those tooth pulling exercises. It can take ages. In the meantime, you’re raring to go, having re-scheduled other work to fit this new project in.
This is one of the main features of a good signature maker – it makes those signatures happen quickly. Approve Me, for example, can have a contract ready for signature in minutes. You simply click to add a signature field and then click to send the signatory an alert to sign it. There is even an automated signature collection option, which fully automates the process, letting your clients know the contract is ready to sign- they just go to your website, read the contract and click to sign – take that processing time!
#4 Is most of your work based online?
Many of us, myself included, have almost forgotten what it’s like to work offline. I do use paper, now and then, but pretty much all of my working life is sat in front of a faintly blue screen. So, why then, would I suddenly want to start printing stuff out, and using one of those, what are they called, things with ink, oh yes, a pen, to sign a piece of mushed up wood. Enter stage left, the signature maker.
#5 Does your website run on WP?
WordPress is by far the most well-used content management system (CMS) out there; with around 26% of the entire market for website CMS, according to W3Techs statistics. Chances are you are using WordPress as the basis for your website now, or will do in the future.One of the nice things about WordPress is the ease of use of plugins which can add lots of bells and whistles to your website. The Approve Me digital signature maker is a WordPressplugin which you install to add the digital signature whistle to your own branded website. This type of deep integration with a digital signature maker means that your clients can come directly to your website to access and sign contracts and other documents.