If you’ve ever started a business, you know that in the beginning there is always more money going out than coming in. Right now every time I turn around there is some new expense that I have to pay for.
Today I sent out my first online contract to a client and I was debating on which tool to use for contract signing. I created my contract using Lawdepot. I’m no longer in the trial period, so i’m currently paying monthly for the service. I copied and pasted my contract over to Google Docs and considered using Docusign. However, I didn’t want to get wrapped into another monthly contract since my trial just ended with them.
So I searched for free signature tools and found a free add-on in Google Docs called PandaDoc. It’s the most amazing tool. It works very similar to that of Docusign. You can store your signature and add it to your contract. Afterwards you can add name, date and signature fields to the contract and assign each of those fields to your client.
PandaDoc gives you the option to email the document to your client. Once you’ve emailed your client you will see and be able to do the following:
- You will receive an email when your client opens the document for reading
- You will receive an email when your client signs the document
- You will receive another email advising that both you and your client have signed the document
- You will have the option to download the fully signed document
- Once you download, you will see your clients signature in a seal advising that their email has been verified.
You can get 3 free additional docs by inviting family and friends. As per the site “For every friend who registered via your referral, both you and your friend will receive three free docs”. So go ahead and make it a “family” affair!
Here’s a youtube video below with more detail. This is my first time using the add-on. Both my client and I enjoyed the ease of use. I’ll continue to use PandaDoc and report back if necessary.
The Frugal Entrepreneur