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Old 02-23-2013, 01:17 PM   #1
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Was getting ready to purchase an Adobe product that will allow me to convert pdf's into filllable forms.

94% of my work last year was from either repeat or referral business so I usually have good customers. After the initial meeting I email estimates, proposals, references, etc via email and either close the sale through email or phone.

Once I get a commitment I usually will email a copy of the contract and make an appointment in the next week or so to get the physical contract signed. I typically get a $200 scheduling deposit for painting projects, and sometimes a credit card for PW, but for existing clients and referrals many times I waive the scheduling deposit. Getting a contract signed immedietly via email attachment would be extremely easier as I find myself many times forgoing the contract signing until starting the job - sometimes 12-14 weeks out

Is anyone else getting contracts signed digitally? If so what are you using?
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My estimates/contracts/etc are all done in excel or word, then converted to pdf via a free piece of software called cute pdf. Then emailed.

I don't have them digitally signed, as I get $$$ when they sign. Either I go by and pick up deposit and contract, or I have them put both in the mail.
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My estimates/contracts/etc are all done in excel or word, then converted to pdf via a free piece of software called cute pdf. Then emailed.

I don't have them digitally signed, as I get $$$ when they sign. Either I go by and pick up deposit and contract, or I have them put both in the mail.
That's what I'm doing now. I typically don't need to purchase materials until I start, or maybe a few days before, so the only deposit I collect early is a scheduling deposit.

Getting a digital commitment on the contract would be sooooo much better
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The new version of adobe that came on my computer allows me to fill them out. Right upper corner there is signature click that and it allows u to fill out and save.
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The new version of adobe that came on my computer allows me to fill them out. Right upper corner there is signature click that and it allows u to fill out and save.
The Adobe XI pro is like $450 and the X is on ebay new for about $150. Just wanted to see if there was another program or a free version. Only the reader came installed on my PC
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I use freshbooks.com , I think they have a 30 day free trial
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I ask for a confirmation email with the contract number and amount. My lawyer says that its as good as signed contract.
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Was getting ready to purchase an Adobe product that will allow me to convert pdf's into filllable forms.

94% of my work last year was from either repeat or referral business so I usually have good customers. After the initial meeting I email estimates, proposals, references, etc via email and either close the sale through email or phone.

Once I get a commitment I usually will email a copy of the contract and make an appointment in the next week or so to get the physical contract signed. I typically get a $200 scheduling deposit for painting projects, and sometimes a credit card for PW, but for existing clients and referrals many times I waive the scheduling deposit. Getting a contract signed immedietly via email attachment would be extremely easier as I find myself many times forgoing the contract signing until starting the job - sometimes 12-14 weeks out

Is anyone else getting contracts signed digitally? If so what are you using?

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I email a PDF contract and ask them to return a signed copy of the signature page with a $100 deposit. Itís simple and works fine.

Iíve thought a lot about e-signatures and e-payments, but I think a lot of my older customers would find it too confusing.

It would be nice to have both options, so let us know if you find a simple system.
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