What is an electronic signature?

Electronic signature, or e-signature as it is commonly referred to, is a digital alternative to the conventional pen-and-paper approach to signing documents, agreements, and forms. With an electronic signature app, like Zoho Sign, you can scan and upload your documents, sign them digitally on your computer or mobile device, and send them to others.

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Why should you use electronic signatures?

Electronic signatures eliminate the need for physically printed paperwork, making it much easier for you to digitally sign, send, and manage all of your documents from anywhere and on any device. For business owners, it can help make their operations entirely paper-free and massively reduce printing and scanning costs, as well as reducing the turnaround time taken to close deals with their clients.

How to create an electronic signature?

Creating an electronic signature for yourself is very easy. All you have to do is sign up for an app like Zoho Sign and set up your profile. In your profile, you can add your signature and generate an electronic signature that can be used to sign documents online. You may add your signature in one of three ways—draw, type, or upload.

How do electronic signatures work with Zoho Sign?

Zoho Sign uses the digital signature technology for electronic document signing. To sign a document with Zoho Sign, all you have to do is open the app, upload or import your document, and then sign it or send it out for signatures. You can use Zoho Sign to add your electronic signature to PDF, Word, Excel, and several other document file types. If you're new to the world of electronic signatures, Zoho Sign offers a free plan that lets you make your electronic signature and sign up to five documents a month.

Are electronic signatures legal?

Electronic signatures are considered just as legal as physically signed paper documents in many countries around the world and have been increasingly popular as the popularity of remote work also rises. There are several electronic signature and transaction laws that govern the usage of this technology, and Zoho Sign, as an e-signature tool, complies with most of these legal regulations worldwide. To know if Zoho Sign is legally valid in your country, you can check our legality guide.

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