According to new research from Adobe, small business employees rank paper-based processes as a top impediment to running their business more efficiently. 75% reported that they still sign documents with pen and paper. When combined with other document technologies, including Adobe Scan and Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Sign for small business helps companies digitize legacy work practices that rely on signatures, like customer onboarding, contracts and approvals, payments and invoices, and much more.
In addition, for individuals getting their side hustle off the ground, Adobe Sign is now integrated into the Acrobat Reader desktop app. This enables those who have Acrobat Reader installed to send two documents for e-signature each month, free of charge.
“Millions of small businesses already rely on Adobe to simplify document work. They convert paper to digital with Adobe Scan, or create, review and edit PDFs with Adobe Acrobat and access the most powerful PDF services right from Microsoft Office 365,” said Ashley Still, Adobe Document Cloud. “Adobe Sign for small business now completes the toolbox for small companies to fully digitize their business.”
Introducing Adobe Sign for small business
The majority of Fortune 100 companies rely on Adobe Sign for fast, secure e-signatures that increase business efficiency while ensuring the best employee and customer experiences. But why should the enterprise be the sole beneficiary of going digital? Now Adobe Sign for small business will help millions of smaller companies attract new customers, win their loyalty and hire and onboard talent with ease, all at an affordable subscription price. With Sign for small business, you can:
- Sign up customers directly from your site. PDF forms are used for everything from gathering your customer’s contact information to collecting their signature on a service agreement. But providing a PDF that your customer then needs to download, print, physically sign and email back is far from a good experience. Now with Adobe Sign you can take any existing PDF form and automatically convert it to an online web form, giving your customers a modern, completely digital interaction with your brand.
- Let customers sign and pay for services in a single step. One sure way to lose new customers is to put them through too many steps to complete a purchase. When customers first sign a contract online, redirecting them to yet another form for payment risks losing them. Adobe Sign prevents this by enabling customers to sign and pay in one single step.
- Bulk send a single form to hundreds at once. Small companies often need to send a standard agreement to multiple recipients for signature, such as an outdoor adventure club that needs one hundred-plus people to sign a release of liability for a group outing. Sending the form to each recipient one-by-one wastes time and makes it difficult to track responses.
Drowning in paperwork
For many of the 30 million small businesses in the U.S. alone, paperwork is still grinding productivity to a halt. A new study from Adobe surveyed 500 small business employees in the U.S. who work with documents and contracts. Of those surveyed, three-quarters (75%) are still signing documents manually.
The majority (84%) of small company employees report that it is important for them to move from paper to digital processes. And yet, only a small fraction (3%) have begun to fully do so. Nearly half (42%) of small company employees report that paper-based processes slow their productivity. Further, they rank it as the biggest impediment to making their business more efficient.
Existing research from Forrester suggests that each document signed manually costs 1.3 hours and $11 in time spent. Consequently, small business employees in the U.S. can save their companies significant time and money by using electronic signatures.
“For years, Adobe has helped me run my business in a more efficient way. I work on-the-go and communicate with my team a lot. I wouldn’t be able to do that nearly as much without Adobe Scan or Acrobat,” said Bobby Berk, interior designer, founder of Bobby Berk and member of the Fab 5 of Queer Eye. “Now Adobe Sign allows me to sign off on contracts and presentations in seconds. I can focus on the creative process, not the paperwork.”