E-signature · Echosign

What are the best and least expensive e-signature platforms?

Anonymous

August 27th, 2014

Hello,

I used to use SignNow which was rather inexpensive, but since the Barracuda acquisition, their prices are more in line with the e-signature behemoths, Adobe's EchoSign and DocuSign, which I find rather expensive for light use.

I've just looked at SigningHub (signinghub.com/service-plans.aspx), which at least provides a reasonable, perpetual free plan, but are there any other platform that's affordable? I don't mind paying, but for the use I make of the service, I find that most plans I see are too expensive.

FYI, I paid $99/year with SignNow without any document limit restriction and was happy with the pricing. Unfortunately, I can't find that type of pricing any longer anywhere.

Anonymous

August 29th, 2014

Cheers to everyone who has already suggested HelloSign.  Disclaimer: I work there and recently relocated to the Bay Area after twenty years in Boston working in the tech startup world out there.

As long as the eSignature vendor meets the legal requirements of the ESIGN Act and UETA, then your documents will be safe and protected regardless of the cost.  It really comes down to picking a solution that has the best user experience for you and it can do what you need it to do. This is why 33% of startups listed on Crunchbase have used HelloSign. Here's more info about our pricing and a tour of the product

Raphael: HelloSign has a number of things you can include on your document beyond the signature. This includes adding text fields, initials and dates plus you can customize your document with editable text fields. 





Kate Hiscox

August 27th, 2014

We use Docracy for single signature stuff (its free) and RightSignature for multiple signatures. Docracy only allows for one signature on a document (can have multiple people but only one area to place the signature).

Anonymous

August 29th, 2014

Mike,

I completely get your points, but I like to run my startup as lean as possible. I plan for the future but I address the needs I have now. The software landscape changes rapidly, no company is sure they'll use the same vendors even 3 years from now. So why should I think about all the diverse integrations and advanced features I may need sometime in the future, if all goes well? As I always say, "it's always a good sign when you have those types of problems".

But for a startup, every dollar matters. Time matters for sure, but money matters probably even more (because, let's be honest, we don't necessarily use our time very efficiently anyways - the 80/20 rule applies here too).

Furthermore, I've never ran into a situation when a client or partner didn't want to e-sign a document because it was hosted on SignNow. The reality is that I (and probably most people) use signed documents only for legal reasons (basically to protect my company). In most cases, how those documents were signed rarely matters, because most startups can't afford going to court and will find a way to settle out of court. It's much more commonly used to say "look, it's written in this document and you signed it" when there's an argument, and that's usually enough to make the problem go away (at least, from a legal perspective).

Rob Weedn

August 27th, 2014

hellosign.com. 
free or cheap sub
love it.

Jon A

August 27th, 2014

hellosign

Archer Hobson

August 27th, 2014

Rightsignature

Anonymous

August 29th, 2014

Mike, to answer your last question: I typically do a feature-by-feature comparison of the solutions at hand, and focus on the ones that really matter to me. 

One specific vendor might provide some really cool and advanced features that justify a certain price point, but if I know I'm not going to use them, what's the point for me to go with that vendor vs. another vendor that provides the value I expect at a lower price point? I don't know if DocuSign has a "Compare" page similar to what Clicky has (http://clicky.com/compare/) in the Web Analytics (crowded) space, but although I always take those claims with a grain of salt (and yes, I know, it's not just about features, it's also about user experience, reliability, etc..), it does help a bit when you're not an expert in that market (which is my case for the e-signature market).

Does that make sense?

Onikepe Adegbola, MD PhD

August 27th, 2014

Love docracy. Free with free document you can use!

Mike Borozdin Sr. Director at DocuSign, ex-Microsoft

August 29th, 2014

Disclaimer: I work for DocuSign.
I think DocuSign pricing starts at about $10/month with special pricing for startups that you can get through BizSpark and F6S.  
Not sure that you gain much by going with something "cheap".  Supposedly this is used for the docs that you care about?

Anonymous

August 29th, 2014

Jane, thanks for chiming in, I'll definitely take a look at Signority.

Mike, I also appreciate your feedback. I had no idea there was a DocuSign offer to BizSpark members, which my company is part of. You're correct that there is a $10 plan, but it's limited to 5 docs/month and most importantly, it doesn't look like it includes templates (unless "Shared Templates" is something different - there's no mention of just "templates" at https://www.docusign.com/products-and-pricing ).

Regarding docracy: the issue is not about editing documents, it's about being to add mandatory and optional fields, as well as being able to re-use templates. In my case, I have 2 templates: a partner/reseller agreement and a support agreement (for clients). All of those documents contain information I don't necessarily know firsthand and don't want to gather through a manual process. That's why templates and fields are important to me (I guess I should have made that clearer upfront).

Thanks again for the help!

Raphael.