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8 best alternatives to DocuSign

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8 best alternatives to DocuSign

When you’re sending digital documents, capturing a valid e-signature can be critical to your business success.

Without an efficient signing solution helping you capture legally-binding electronic signatures, you could be exposing your organization to legal troubles down the road.

DocuSign can be a great starting point for businesses just getting started with digital signatures. At $10 per month, it’s a low-risk way to send a few documents per month while getting a feel for how e-signing actually works.

But DocuSign isn’t the only choice out there. You’ll find a number of digital signature solutions on the market. We’ve narrowed it down to what we feel are the best of the best.

Here are a few DocuSign alternatives to help you get started.

1. PandaDoc

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Cost: Starts at $9 per month for individual users, and $49 per month for small and medium business plans when paid annually.

Ease of Use: 5/5

Functionality: 5/5

Support Options: 24/7 live chat support, email support, product knowledge base.

Platform Availability: Online, iOS, Android.

Free Trial: Yes: 14 days.

Description:

We might be biased, but we feel that PandaDoc is the most powerful DocuSign alternative on the list.

PandaDoc is a digital signature solution designed to handle everything from electronic signatures to document management. They offer affordable pricing that scales with your business, making this a great fit for organizations of any size.

In addition to powerful custom branding and e-signature solutions, PandaDoc comes equipped with an exclusive document editor to help you create business documents from scratch. The platform also offers 400+ templates to help you jumpstart your document library.

PandaDoc users can also use both native and Zapier integrations to connect PandaDoc to your favorite services, from Google Drive and Dropbox all the way to Salesforce, HubSpot, and other leading CRMs.

Along with email support and an extensive product knowledge base, PandaDoc offers 24/7 live chat support so you can ask questions and get answers when you need them most.

2. HelloSign

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Cost: $13 per month for the basic plan, and $24 per month for the enterprise plan when paid annually.

Ease of Use: 5/5

Functionality: 5/5

Support Options:  Chat, email, product knowledge base.

Platform Availability: Online, iOS, Android.

Free Trial: Yes: 30 days.

Description:

HelloSign by Dropbox is a simple and straightforward way to capture legally-binding e-signatures.

HelloSign integrates seamlessly with Dropbox, as well as Google and other major platforms, to create a signature solution that is simple and easy to use. Like PandaDoc, HelloSign offers templates and custom branding solutions, as well as team management tools for its enterprise plans.

Unlike PandaDoc, HelloSign doesn’t offer a document editor or any kind of robust document creation tool.  Using plug-in tools, you can connect HelloSign to Google Docs so that the tools are available to you while creating your documents.

As a DocuSign alternative, HelloSign wins points for ease of use and seamless Google Docs integration. This electronic signature software is unobtrusive and does a great job of staying out of the way so that you can streamline your signing process. Continue using the tools you’ve always used and use HelloSign to insert signatures into live documents (including PDFs) whenever and wherever you need them.

If you have questions, you can ask their support team, but it may be a few days before HelloSign gets back to you.

3. SignNow

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Cost: $8 per month for the Business plan and $15 per month for Business Premium when paid annually.

Ease of Use: 4.5/5

Functionality: 4.5/5

Support Options: Email, Phone.

Platform Availability: Desktop, iOS, and Android.

Free Trial: Yes.

Description:

SignNow is a great DocuSign alternative for any industry. Like other electronic signature software options on our list, SignNow is agnostic and can fit into companies of any size or industry.

Price is one of the big selling points for SignNow. At $8 per month for a single user plan or $15 per month for a premium plan, SignNow is an obvious choice for companies looking to keep costs low. The organization offers a wide variety of features, including custom branding, bulk sending, and document variables that other companies only offer at a higher cost.

SignNow is all about e-signatures, meaning that it doesn’t offer a way to create documents effectively in the same way that PandaDoc does. However, like HelloSign, SignNow integrates well with major document management and creation platforms so that you can use it with the tools you already have.

As far as support options go, only Enterprise-level subscribers receive phone support. Everyone else can send an email.

4. Adobe Sign (part of Adobe Document Cloud)

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Cost: $9.99 for individual users, $34.99 per month for the Small Business Plan, or $39.99 per month for standard Business plan.

Ease of Use: 4.5/5

Functionality: 4.5/5

Support Options: Email, phone, ticket, chat.

Platform Availability: Online, all devices.

Free Trial: Yes: 14 days.

Description:

As part of the Adobe family of apps, you can expect Adobe Sign to work well with most other business-related apps you’ll see on the market today.

Adobe Sign uses an online, cloud-based system to sign and send documents, just like the other apps on our list, however they don’t offer native iOS, Android, or desktop apps for their services like PandaDoc and SignNow.

With Adobe Sign, you’ll be able to capture legal e-signatures and create reliable audit trails. You’ll also have access to integrations, APIs, and advanced fields — for a price. The real drawback to Adobe Sign: The cost to use this platform is much higher than nearly every other software on our list, and it’s often cheaper to get premium-level features and support by joining up with a different service.

While you can integrate Adobe Sign with Microsoft Outlook, Word, and PowerPoint on the Individual plan, most other major integrations and tools are closed to you unless you pay nearly three times more for the Small Business plan. At that stage, you can collect payment via credit card, use custom branding, and share document templates.

Adobe Sign does provide a variety of support options, but these are locked behind cost, as well. If you want faster support options, you’ll need to pay Enterprise-level costs to get it, otherwise, you’re stuck sending an email or submitting a ticket and waiting for a reply.

5. RightSignature by Citrix

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Cost: $12 per month for Personal users (1 team member), $60 per month for Business users (3 team members), or $99 per month for everyone else.

Ease of Use: 4.5/5

Functionality: 4.5/5

Support Options: 24/7 chat support (Monday-Friday), email, ticket, phone, online knowledge base.

Platform Availability: Online, iOS, Android.

Free Trial: Yes: 14 days.

Description:

RightSignature by Citrix is a DocuSign alternative that offers a number of powerful integrations as part of its e-signature process. As with many electronic signature software solutions on our list, RightSignature doesn’t specialize in document creation, but it can help with custom branding and team audit trails on its Business plan.

As a signature service, RightSignature specializes in trying to make everything as simple as possible. Users upload documents to RightSignature, use a drag and drop tool to place signature fields inside the document, and then send that document via email to the customer for a streamlined signing experience.

Though RightSignature provides plans for individual and enterprise-level users alike, the features that it offers with those plans are vastly different — as is the cost. Because RightSignature treats every uploaded document like a locked PDFs (allowing users to drag the signature fields over the top of the page), custom branding with RightSignature is more of a white labeling feature rather than a brand kit function.

Support options are available, including 24/7 live chat support, Monday through Friday.

6. SignRequest

SignRequest

Cost: $7 per month for a single user or $4 per month for 5-150 users when billed annually.

Ease of Use: 4.5/5

Functionality: 4.5/5

Support Options: Email, phone and virtual meetings.

Platform Availability: Online, all devices.

Free Trial: Yes; 14 days. Also offers a free account.

Description:

SignRequest is an e-signature software focused on providing a simple and straightforward signature solution for teams of every level. Much like RightSignature, SignRequest allows users to upload a file, create fields on the document using a drag-and-drop tool, and email documents for a signature.

The biggest difference between SignRequest and many other services on our list comes down to cost. At $7 per month for the Professional Plan, a single user has all the tools necessary to create legally-binding e-signatures for a low cost.  SignRequest even offers a free plan for users who are only sending a few documents each month and don’t mind SignRequest branding on their content.

SignRequest’s low price makes it competitive among most other digital signature solutions on our list.  It offers a similar solution to every other provider, except PandaDoc, because of the unique document editor and collaboration environment that PandaDoc provides.

If you’re just looking for a way to capture signatures quickly and don’t need any specialized tools or features, SignRequest is a great place to start.

7. SignEasy

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Cost: Starting at $10 per month for a Standard plan up to $60 per month for the Premium plan when billed annually.

Ease of Use: 4.6/5

Functionality: 4/5

Support Options: Email and/or chat support only.

Platform Availability: Online, iOS, Android.

Free Trial: Yes; 14 day free trial.

Description:

As a DocuSign alternative, SignEasy supports multiple industries by providing compatibility to a wide array of file formats. On top of that, SignEasy promotes its e-signature service compliance with ESIGN, UETA, elDAS, and Aadhaar eSign.

SignEasy also offers some desirable features, like offline electronic signature collection, access from any device, and a digital audit trail for users. However, if you want to actually send documents for an e-Signature, you’ll need to pay for the Plus ($15/month) plan, since the Standard plan doesn’t offer the option to email documents.

On top of that, SignEasy severely limits the number of reusable templates that you can upload and designate unless you’re willing to pay for the $60/month Premium plan (which only includes 3 users by default). These templates need to be created and uploaded by the user for constant reuse, which is different from the kind of versatile template creation that other services, like PandaDoc, provide.

SignEasy only offers limited integrations, including basic platforms like Dropbox, Google Drive and Gmail, Box, and Evernote. While the company does offer Zoho CRM integration, it doesn’t offer Salesforce or Zapier integrations which add extra versatility.

For support, you can send an email or use chat support with a higher-end plan, with availability limited to specific business hours.

8. OneSpan Sign (formerly eSignLive)

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Cost: $20 per user each month, paid annually.

Ease of Use: 4.7/5

Functionality: 4.7/5

Ideal Users: Small businesses to enterprise-level companies.

Support Options: Email or phone, only available during standard business hours.

Platform Availability: Online, iOS, Android.

Free Trial: No; Demo only.

Description:

OneSpan Sign is focused on offering a legally-binding and compliant digital signatures alongside a fantastic user experience for senders, signers, and administrators. The company highlights its globally-distributed servers and its transparent, cost-effective solution, as well as comprehensive auditing, as its major selling points.

Like many of the DocuSign alternatives on our list, OneSpan Sign gets the basics right. The software offers e-Signature solutions, some limited integrations, and an API and SDK solution for enterprise-level brands who want to white label OneSpan Sign and repackage it as part of their own product.

However, OneSpan Sign follows a linear signing process.  It’s not possible to create approval workflows or generate team or public comments on a document. Real-time notifications and uploads from Google Drive aren’t possible, and the software lacks any kind of native document editor.

Considering that the flat rate is $20 per month for each user, we’d recommend OneSpan Sign as a potential consideration for SDK or API development, but it’s worth pointing out that other services offer similar services at a competitive rate.

Finding the DocuSign alternative that works for you

With eight great DocuSign alternatives to try, the best way to figure out which one suits your needs is to take them for a test drive. Many of the e-signature solutions that we’ve discussed today offer a free trial or a free version.

Don’t forget to use your mobile device to test out the mobile app for signature platforms that offer it. With so much business being conducted on iPhone and Android devices, ensuring a great experience for your customers while you’re on the go just might be the key to closing a deal in record time.

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Eugene Zaremba

Eugene Zaremba Director of Demand Generation at PandaDoc

Eugene works at PandaDoc as the Director of Demand Generation. He is an avid fisherman, taking nearly 20 fishing trips every year.

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