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How to Create an Electronic Signature Online for Free

Electronic signatures are the convenient, legally-backed modern equivalent of old-school “wet” (pen-based) signatures on paper. Although you can find signature service providers that charge you to make one, PDF.co and other companies let you create an electronic signature free of charge.

Preparing your document

The document for which you need to create an electronic signature for free might be in any number of formats, such as .doc or even .jpg. PDF is the most commonly used digital format for most business contracts, however, because it is designed specifically to transfer across multiple platforms without formatting issues or other complications. You ideally should convert your document to PDF if needed before you create an electronic signature for this reason. Make sure there is enough room for all the signature fields you need, thinking critically about the implications of each signature.

3 steps to create a digital signature online

Once your document is in PDF format, you’ll need to upload it to the provider’s service via their website or app. Then, create your signature fields where you want yourself and/or others to sign. Following the field setup, tell the provider who your document recipients should be, along with email addresses. The provider will send an email notification to everyone you specify. A link to the provider’s service usually is included in the email messages so it’s easy for recipients to get to the provider’s website. If a recipient hasn’t signed up for the provider’s service, they might have to do so to access the document and sign it. Lastly, you and your recipients must click in the appropriate signature field. The service should prompt you or your recipients to type, draw or otherwise insert the signature. Click “Proceed”, “Agree” or a similar button to confirm the signature and you’re finished!