RightSignature lets you sign documents online

RightSignature lets you sign documents online

RightSignature-logo.png Via @JordanBrown on Twitter, I came across this document signing service called RightSignature.

As much as we like to promote being paperless around here, there are some things that you just need paper for, and a signature is one of them. Or do you?

RightSignature is a startup that is trying to tackle that space.


Let’s say you have a document that needs to be signed. Here’s how it works:

  • You upload the document to RightSignature and enter the recipient’s email address
  • The recipient gets an email. They click the link
  • They go into RightSignature’s interface and use their mouse or other input device to put their signature into the online signature pad
  • You then have a legally binding agreement (according to them they comply with US and EU directives)


It’s a pretty cool service for small businesses that don’t want the expense of couriering documents all over the place or (ugh) dealing with a fax machine.

There is also an iPhone app that lets you sign the document using the iPhone’s touchpad.

Another cool feature is that RightSignature interfaces with FreshBooks, so you can create estimates or invoices in FreshBooks and send them to clients for them to sign in RightSignature all with a few clicks.

RightSignature has a range of plans from free for 5 documents per month and 1 user, up to $249/month for Unlimited documents and 50 users.

Would you use an online signing service, or do you still need that pen-to-paper?

About the Author

Brooks Duncan helps individuals and small businesses go paperless. He's been an accountant, a software developer, a manager in a very large corporation, and has run DocumentSnap since 2008. You can find Brooks on Twitter at @documentsnap or @brooksduncan. Thanks for stopping by.

Leave a Reply 8 comments

E P - November 15, 2012 Reply

Doesn't anyone prepare written step-by-step instructions anymore? I've written a user-friendly computer program manual which received tremendous praise across the country and in Canada. I've also written step-by-step job instructions and more. I am so tired of the lazy approach many companies take today. There are little or no written instructions; just an array of videos in no sequential order. Each video takes the viewer just one step forward, but leaves them not knowing what the the previous or subsequent steps are. The videos also sometimes lock the viewer out; making it impossible for the viewer to mimic the steps while viewing the video (as with Right Signature's videos). This is so frustrating. Learning something as simple as how to use an electronic signature program should not be this difficult. It is just one tiny step for some of us starting businesses. We have a lot of other things to take care of, and do not need this unnecessary delay.

badgerT - August 26, 2011 Reply

A less featured but also less expensive alternative is at http://www.docshaker.com.

@PaperTablet - August 11, 2011 Reply

We are working on an iPad app called Paper Tablet that accomplishes something very similar- to be able to sign a document on the iPad and send it to someone via email. Come check it out at: http://www.tip9.com.

Bob - January 8, 2010 Reply

More to it than getting your electronic doc to look like you took pen to paper. Electronic signature impiles a *guarantee* that the doc is not altered since you signed it.

John - September 16, 2009 Reply

Didn't congress pass a bill a LOOOONG time ago that allows you to just TYPE your initials for it to be legal??? Signatures look nice, but I don't think this is legally necessary in the U.S.

    Brooks Duncan - September 17, 2009 Reply

    Hi John, thanks for the comment. I am sure you are right, and in fact phoning somebody up and having a verbal contract is legal too. However, if I was going to court and had a choice between presenting someone's initials in a textbox and an audit trail showing that someone was sent an email, they clicked the email, they logged in and digitally drew their siguature, I think I'd choose the latter.

    Fair point though.

Daryl Bernstein - September 15, 2009 Reply

Thanks for reviewing RightSignature. We agree … signing documents is one of the last remaining reasons offices still use paper. With improved identity authentication, legal validity, and customer satisfaction, RightSignature's electronic signature process makes makes pen-and-paper obsolete. We've designed the application to be so easy and intuitive that you can send a document for signature in under 60 seconds, and recipients can sign immediately, without instructions. Thanks again.

    Brooks Duncan - September 17, 2009 Reply

    Thanks for dropping by Daryl. Good to see you here.

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