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How RightSignature Helps Educators Keep the Focus on Students — Not Paperwork

By: Steve Stormoen / Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Educating young people is about building for the future, a tough prospect when educators can’t escape the day-to-day demands of efficiency, accountability and, yes, paperwork.

Fortunately, RightSignature electronic signatures can minimize the drudgery and let educators focus on what really matters—students. RightSignature lets educators and administrators get documents like credential forms and permission slips signed online quickly and easily, making it a popular choice among educators at all levels.

Let’s take a look at a few of these success stories.

YES Prep

YES Prep is a network of public, tuition-free, open-enrollment charter schools in Houston, TX. For over 15 years, YES Prep’s schools have prepared students in Houston’s most disadvantaged communities with the study skills and coursework necessary to get accepted into college—and, once accepted, succeed.

YES Prep uses RightSignature to cut through the morass of paperwork and get things done quickly and easily. Lyndsay Ferguson, Senior Director of Talent Support at YES Prep, explains:
We use RightSignature across several different departments at YES Prep. For starters, our Talent Support (Human Resources) team uses RightSignature during onboarding to send every new employee offer letters and other required paperwork related to their new role on the team. As a result, everyone at YES Prep knows RightSignature!”
That familiarity has helped RightSignature spread across YES Prep’s entire organization, and the schools use RightSignature electronic signatures whenever they need to hire a contractor or execute a Memorandum of Understanding. But the biggest impact is in YES Prep’s Teaching Excellence program, a specialized in-house team for alternative certification to strengthen the skills and processes of YES Prep’s committed teachers.

“Now we can easily track a variety of documents that are required for the certification process,” says Ferguson. “It lets our program coordinators focus on critical work and our students, rather than keeping track of various papers through email, fax, etc.”

In the 2015 school year, YES Prep is building on their successes in the Houston area with a new branch of schools in Memphis, TN. Ferguson acknowledges that there are several  challenges that come with this expansion, but she is not concerned. “The ability to use a tool like RightSignature to replicate our previous successes is a huge benefit to our organization.”

Sylvan Learning

A national tutoring franchise with over 800 locations built across 30+ years of success, Sylvan Learning has built their organization on the premise of caring for each student individually. Recognizing that every student’s needs, interests and learning experience is going to be different, Sylvan creates an individualized, custom curriculum for every single student.

Sylvan takes on such a daunting task in part by utilizing technology, such as their immersive SylvanSync app for iPad. And since Sylvan strives to minimize the time and money spent on anything besides its students, it relies on RightSignature to simplify signatures on document like franchisee agreements and marketing plans.

Amy Przywara, Sylvan’s VP of Marketing, shared that process with us:
“With over 300 individual franchisees, it’s important for us to make the signing process simple and accessible. Using RightSignature helped us streamline this often-cumbersome process.... We used it to send two different funding agreements to all 300 of our franchisees for our annual marketing drive. It’s a complicated agreement, with lots of places to check and sign, and with at least 600 documents at once, it was completely unfeasible to continue to do by paper. This year, using RightSignature, it was great.”
Przywara says that, like YES Prep, Sylvan’s initial success with RightSignature has led them to consider new ways it can help make the business end of education go more smoothly. “Next year, we’ll make a brand new agreement from scratch, knowing how to get the most out of RightSignature. I can also start to see see the other documents I can get signed with RightSignature.”

Turtle Rock Preschool

Turtle Rock Preschool is widely considered one of the premier early-childhood education schools in Orange County, CA. Owner Maajed Abahusayn attributes this to their focus on students: “We have a great and well-deserved reputation, and it’s come from creating a warm and enriching environment for children and their families.”

With a strong reputation comes intense demand, however, and Turtle Rock Preschool currently has an admissions waiting list of over 250 families. It used to be an ungainly process to manage the waiting list: families had to pay their waiting list deposit and fill out, sign and return an application. That’s lots of extra work for Turtle Rock.

Says Abahusayn, “One family would hand in a paper form with a check attached. Another would write down a credit card number. We had to file the paperwork and process payments in two or three different sources, then reconcile everything in our records once the payment cleared.” It was slow, expensive and frustrating for parents who couldn’t receive immediate confirmation that their child had been successfully placed on the waiting list.

To fix this issue, Turtle Rock chose RightSignature and our new feature, Collect Payments, which allows Turtle Rock to require an immediate, secure online payment as a required part of filling out and signing the waiting-list agreement. Says Abahusayn,
“RightSignature and Collect Payments simplifies everything into one form, and the payment processing is done for us in real time. It’s simple and helpful for parents.”
With RightSignature, these three leading institutions in childhood education have found a way to simplify their administrative tasks and focus as many of their resources as possible on the most precious resources of our future: their students.

RightSignature Wins 3 Awards for Ease of Use and Customer Satisfaction

By: Steve Stormoen / Monday, December 29, 2014

Review site G2 Crowd is a trusted source for information and testimonials for online software services in over a dozen categories, with in-depth head-to-head product comparisons and countless user stories. The site’s annual “Best of” awards highlight top players in the industry and serve as a yearly check-in on the most exciting companies in online software.

This year, RightSignature received Highest Rated awards in three separate categories:
  • Satisfaction: Small Business Users
  • Satisfaction: E-Signatures
  • Ease of Setup
It’s a gracious honor that comes at the end of an exciting year for RightSignature, and we would like to thank you, our customers, for making it all possible.

Happy Holidays from RightSignature, and here’s to an even more exciting 2015.

RightSignature iPhone App Updated: New Features

By: Steve Stormoen / Wednesday, December 10, 2014

If you use the acclaimed RightSignature iPhone app, you may have noticed a big change recently. We’ve rebuilt our free iPhone mobile app with a beautiful new design, while making it faster, more stable, and ensuring full compatibility with Apple’s iOS 8.

Manage your signature requests from anywhere

The RightSignature iPhone app gives you full access to your RightSignature dashboard, so you can look at all your pending and completed signature requests at-a-glance, then tap any of your documents for an in-depth look at that document’s status, audit log, and even view the signed and completed PDF. 

For pending documents, you can also send instant reminders to your signers—perfect for following up after a phone call or checking in with a client while on the go.

New feature: Generate links to Online Forms

While we were building the new app, we also added a brand new feature: the ability to generate signing links for your Online Forms from within your RightSignature iPhone app. If you use RightSignature’s Online Forms feature, you know it’s a great way to set up all your standard documents like Credit Card Authorization Forms or Rental Applications.

Designed for sharing, Online Forms are perfect for our mobile app experience. With this new feature, creating and sharing links to your Online Forms is easier than ever. Simply navigate to your Online Form in the RightSignature iPhone app, then tap the button to generate a new link and copy it to your clipboard. From there, you can paste the link into any email or text message for your signer to complete the deal right away.

Send Reusable Templates from your iPhone

Our Reusable Templates feature, like Online Forms, is an innovative time-saver designed to let you set up a document once and send it as many times as you need. Unlike Online Forms, however, Reusable Templates can be lightly customized each time you send them with fields on the document you fill out yourself prior to sending, called Merge Fields.

The RightSignature iPhone app lets you browse through your previously created Reusable Templates, then send them for signature anytime, anywhere. Simply select your template, choose your signer, and fill out the template’s Merge Fields. The rest of the signing process happens exactly the same as if you’d sent the Template from your computer’s web browser.

Apple’s new iOS 8 update brings a host of gorgeous design tweaks to the popular mobile platform as well as new features like expanded keyboard options. The new RightSignature apps offer full compatibility with these updates to give our users the best mobile experience available.

Best of all, the new RightSignature iPhone app is free in the iTunes App Store, and links to your existing RightSignature account. Don’t have RightSignature yet? Get a free trial account today.

The Right Way: The Resumator Helps Small Businesses Hire, Expands with RightSignature

By: Steve Stormoen / Friday, November 14, 2014

Our series "The Right Way" profiles RightSignature power users, revealing their success secrets and the technology tools they use every day.

For a small business looking to grow, nothing is more important than hiring talented, hardworking employees—and no tool is more important to finding those employees than The Resumator. As the first recruiting software solution catered towards the needs of small businesses, The Resumator has been first to market with a number of game-changing innovations. The company behind The Resumator has experienced meteoric growth, with offices on both coasts, and has turned to RightSignature to ease document signing processes. RightSignature’s Steve Stormoen caught up with Marla Charlton, Director of Operations at The Resumator, to find out what makes this innovative company tick.

First of all, what’s the story behind The Resumator?

Marla Charlton: We're the #1 recruiting software solution for small and medium sized businesses—what we like to call we call the "non-enterprise" market—which are, of course the vast majority of businesses. The first recruiting software began to appear in 1999, but it was marketed and sold only to large enterprises, leaving the average small or rapidly growing business to figure out recruiting on their own.

For businesses of all sizes, the most crucial key to growth is their ability to hire talented, high-performing employees. Our candidate sourcing, interview management and onboarding platform puts the tools, process and data needed to hire these star employees in the hands of small businesses as well.

What’s the biggest challenge The Resumator has faced, and how did you overcome it?

MC: Our greatest challenge so far has been our transition to become a bicoastal company. The Resumator was born and still maintains our headquarters in Pittsburgh, where Operations, Product, Support and Engineering live. However, the majority of our Revenue functions now live in our office in San Francisco, which we opened in March of 2014.

It was a huge transition. We had to figure out how to incorporate new people, personalities and a new culture into the company. And at the same time, a new office meant that many of our operational costs doubled. From the outside, it sounds like a recipe for disaster. In reality, it’s been just the opposite, and we actually have RightSignature to thank for smoothing out some of that friction. We're balanced in so many ways now. Pittsburgh brings a sense of family and camaraderie while San Francisco brings energy and determination.

How do you use RightSignature?

MC: When we opened our San Francisco office and became a bicoastal company, we needed an electronic signature solution in the worst way. Paper was always annoying, but for a long time I was able to get away with scanning and emailing paper forms for HR and various agreements. It was very time consuming, but with a small company in one location, it was a problem we could afford to keep having.

Then we opened up shop in San Francisco, and everything changed. I needed a quick fix, so I contacted a couple of online document signing companies and had a very difficult time trying to get someone to email me or call me back. I couldn't believe it! Then I found RightSignature, and it was off to the races! I got my account set up right away and was able to immediately start using RightSignature practically every day.

RightSignature’s customer support and sales teams have been extremely knowledgable, friendly, and helpful every time I had a question—between quick phone calls and live chat, I know I’ll always get the support I need, with "how to" videos to make learning key features easy.

I love to use RightSignature for new hire forms, offer letters, NDA's, and many other types of agreements. I particularly love the Document Packager feature, which allows me to choose various templates that I have personally prepared and package them together, so I can knock out 3 or 4 key documents at once. I also turned many others at our company to use RightSignature—it’s so easy and cost effective to add new users to our account, which really helps our team collaborate.

What’s next for The Resumator and the art of recruiting and hiring talent? In 5 years, where will we all be?

MC: The Resumator has always been the innovative, imaginative company that has shaken up the entire field of recruiting software. We invented a number valuable features now standard in recruiting software—like a jobs widget to easily allow companies to publish their openings onto their website, and a fully customizable candidate evaluation criteria to help your team build consensus, to name just a few. And, as I mentioned before, we opened up the entire market of small and medium sized businesses who simply weren’t getting served by the old guard. Before us, no recruiting software even allowed their customers to self-subscribe!

I see our tradition of innovation continuing, as our "talent scientists" are working on brand new features that again will raise the bar for recruiting software. Frankly, our innovation keeps us a step ahead of the competition, and I expect that, within 5 years, we will be firmly cemented as the dominant player in recruiting software.

Independent Contractor Agreement Template – Get it Signed Online

By: Steve Stormoen / Tuesday, November 11, 2014

An Independent Contractor Agreement, also known as an independent contractor contract, is a legal document to hire an individual or business for an explicit set of duties and duration specified in a contract, as an alternative to traditional employment. Increasingly common in a variety of industries, an independent contractor relationship can appeal to both sides as a more flexible option than traditional employment.

The independent contractor agreement document is essential in any independent contractor relationship, as the document clearly defines the contractor’s job. However, without the clearly defined relationship of an employer and employee, many of the details involved with creating an independent contractor agreement and getting it signed can raise a number of questions, such as:
  • When do you need an independent contractor agreement?
  • Who is responsible for writing an independent contractor contract?
  • What key clauses should an independent contractor agreement contain? 
  • What’s the best way to get your independent contractor agreement signed? 
Read on for an independent contractor checklist to answer all these questions. And make use of this free independent contractor agreement template, hosted by RightSignature.

Free Independent Contractor Agreement. Click for full template.
Free Independent Contractor Agreement. Click for full template.

4 Keys to Creating the Perfect Independent Contractor Agreement

Traditional employee onboarding paperwork tends to consist of the same list of forms and is always provided by the employer, but the independent contractor relationship is less clearly defined. Because of the wide range of situations that fall under the purview of an independent contractor relationship, it can be hard to know which party should be responsible for the contract. However, following these four easy tips, you can always be sure to have the best preparation and protection in any independent contractor situation.
  1. Always use an independent contractor agreement. Verbal agreements are simply insufficient in today’s marketplace. Signing an independent contractor agreement is the best way for both parties to reduce misunderstandings and reduce potential legal action as well.
  2. Each party should provide their own independent contractor agreement template. In many situations, the contracted party will be more accustomed to an independent contractor relationship than the hiring party, or will want to present themselves as more professional to a potential client. As such, it is advisable for both sides to create and manage their own independent contractor agreements.
  3. Download our free sample independent contractor agreement, or use this guide to create your own. To download this sample independent contractor agreement to compare to your own documents, click the above link, then select the “PDF Download” button, or sign up for a free trial of RightSignature. For help creating your own independent contractor agreement pdf, read on for 3 key clauses every such document should contain.
  4. Use RightSignature online document signing to get your independent contractor agreements signed. Independent contractor agreements, like any paper document, are limited by the paper they’re printed on. Paper is slow, delicate, and expensive and unwieldy to print, transport, and store. Any business that routinely gets independent contractor agreements or any other documents signed can save time and money by using RightSignature online document signing software for easy-to-use, legally binding electronic signatures.

Key Clauses for Your Independent Contractor Agreement Template

When writing an independent contractor agreement template, be sure to include these key clauses:

1. Identification & relationship of parties

Who are the parties who will be entering into this agreement? This first clause names both the contractor and the client, and defines their relationship as that of an independent contractor, following the terms below.

2. Terms of contract

The most substantial section of your independent contractor agreement template, this clause clearly spells out the work to be done by the independent contractor, the dates and duration of the contract, the conditions for terminating the contract for either party, and whatever compensation is agreed upon by both parties.

3. Administration

How will this contract be enforced? In this section, your independent contractor agreement should include clauses identifying that document as the sole agreement between your two parties, overriding any other past verbal or written agreement. Additionally, independent contractor laws can vary from state to state, so it is important to define an area of jurisdiction for your agreement.

Hiring an independent contractor, or acting as one yourself, can be an excellent way to get work done in a flexible and self-directed field. For businesses and contractors alike, RightSignature can help cure the pain of paperwork and let you focus on the important things. Try RightSignature for free today.

Disclaimer: This was not written by an attorney and does not constitute legal advice. If you have any questions about the legality of your Independent Contractor Agreement, please consult your attorney.

RightSignature Acquired by Citrix: In the News

By: Steve Stormoen / Wednesday, November 5, 2014

The news that RightSignature was acquired by Citrix generated media coverage around the world.

On the announcement date, RightSignature Founder and CEO Daryl Bernstein explained that RightSignature will continue to provide the best electronic signature software on the market and change the way the world does business, and Citrix Vice President and General Manager Jesse Lipson described how RightSignature is a powerful addition to the Citrix Documents Cloud.

Technology and business media added commentary and praise, and the buzz was palpable. Here are a few highlights:
RightSignature … focuses purely on electronic signatures. They do this by giving users a simple template for sending electronic signature requests. Upload the file you need a signature on, and edit the template to your liking. Need additional text boxes? Simply drag and drop them into the template, all of the coding is self-contained within RightSignature, meaning you can focus on the necessary information you will need to procure from your client. There are no downloads required on the client's end, or any need for a RightSignature account. All they need is an email address and a web browser.

Citrix is definitely a good company to team with, having a proven track record of taking start-ups and implementing their software flawlessly."
United Press International
Citrix Aquires E-Signature Specialist RightSignature
Citrix has been building out its collaboration and document management product line based on the idea that mobile device and application management needs workflow integration… RightSignature should allow Citrix to better target industries such as accounting, financial services, real estate and other document-heavy verticals such as insurance."

Citrix Acquires RightSignature, Adds Doc Signing
The acquisition won’t make a huge difference to current RightSignature customers… The startup’s software integrates with Citrix’s cloud-based ShareFile file-transferring service; it also integrates with Google Docs. RightSignature can also authenticate users by snapping a picture using the cameras on devices."
Citrix Has Bought e-Signature Startup RightSignature
RightSignature was spun out of Portland-based Burnside Digital, a maker of web-based apps for financial institutions, in 2009 by a group of employees that was tired of standing around the fax machine at odd hours waiting for signatures from international clients. In 2012, company CEO Daryl Bernstein told the Business Times that, aside from its marquee signature technology, what keeps business customers coming back are the tools for creating and managing documents.

In a statement released yesterday, Bernstein said Citrix will be the “perfect home” for accelerating RightSignature’s growth."
Pacific Coast Business Times
Citrix Expands Holdings with RightSignature Acquisition

The move makes sense for Citrix, because its ShareFile application consists of cloud file sharing and document storage. RightSignature integrates with Citrix ShareFile. By adding an electronic signature capability, it means that those using file sharing and storage in the cloud can go paperless even for the types of documents that need signatures.

RightSignature is one of the relatively-new breed of electronic signing applications. Electronic signature apps eliminate the need to mail hard copies or print out faxes of documents, sign them, and then either mail them back or fax or scan them. E-signature applications route documents electronically for digital signatures, and maintain a log and digital copies of the signed documents, too."
Small Business Trends
Citrix Acquires E-Signature Company RightSignature
Aimed at industries that handle sensitive forms and signatures—accounting, financial services, healthcare, real estate, and insurance—the new integration "presents an opportunity to realize huge savings in time and money while maintaining security for confidential documents," [Citrix Vice President and General Manager Jesse] Lipson wrote."
PC Mag
Citrix Eyes E-Signature Market With RightSignature Acquisition

RightSignature Acquired by Citrix

By: Daryl Bernstein / Monday, October 20, 2014

When we founded RightSignature in 2009, we had a vision to change the way the world does business. Now, almost six years later, professionals, small businesses, and enterprises – in almost every industry, across five continents – use RightSignature to get documents filled out and signed online, easily, quickly, and securely.

Today, we are pleased to announce that RightSignature has been acquired by CitrixRead the press release.

With more than 330,000 customers and over 100 million users globally, Citrix powers business mobility with renowned cloud services including ShareFile and GoToMeeting. Citrix and RightSignature have a shared mission – to deliver well-designed technology solutions that help people work more efficiently, anywhere, on any device.

Citrix has a remarkable track record of acquiring breakout software-as-a-service businesses and turning them into household names. We are incredibly excited to join this market leader and supercharge RightSignature’s growth.

Our team is committed to fulfilling our original vision. We will continue to provide the best electronic signature software on the market, deliver innovative features and improvements, and support you with friendly, responsive service. And now, with the resources and scale of Citrix, RightSignature truly will change the way the world does business.

We sincerely thank you for using RightSignature and look forward to an exciting journey ahead.

Daryl Bernstein, CEO


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