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Urgent Lessons for Your Small Business, from an Expert Panel of Six-Year-Old Kids

By: Steve Stormoen / Wednesday, December 18, 2013

This is a guest post by Michael Hourigan of Shoeboxed, the cloud storage solution that turns your paper receipts into easy digital records. Learn more about the Shoeboxed add-on for RightSignature.

The AT&T commercials featuring precocious kindergartners are incredibly popular and adding catchphrases to our everyday conversation. Beyond the obvious adorableness of the kids themselves, the simple wisdom they inadvertently spout is a) undeniably true, and b) unexpectedly applicable to your business.

Lesson 1: Now is better than later

As any six-year-old can tell you, when you want to eat your grapes, you want to eat them now. And when you need someone to sign a critical business document, waiting is excruciating. The sooner the thing is signed, the sooner work can begin. And the sooner work begins, the sooner you get paid (cha-ching!).

Back in the day, getting a document signed was a 13-part process that always involved a fax machine, and sometimes involved a blood sacrifice. By the time you printed the document that needed to be signed, got Person A to sign it, faxed it to Person B, got Person B to sign it, and then went about the monumental task of making sure everybody got a copy of the dang thing, you might have aged significantly.

RightSignature enables you to obtain signatures—drum roll please—now. And by now, we mean the same day, sometimes the same hour. (Because after all, now is better than later.)

Lesson 2: Bigger is better than smaller

A second ad, linked above, proves beyond a reasonable doubt that a big treehouse is better than a small treehouse. Not surprisingly, the same is true of cloud storage. Just like it’s impossible to fit a decent-sized flat screen TV inside of a tiny treehouse, it’s impossible to store all of your receipts, documents, and files in a cloud-based account with questionable capacity. Shoeboxed, however, turns this problem into child’s play.

Shoeboxed is a receipt scanning software app that stores all of your digital receipts in one place. Using Shoeboxed and RightSignature together, the six-year-old child's business advice offers a big fat solution for small businesses looking to e-sign and store their documents securely.

It’s so big, in fact, that in addition to integrating with Shoeboxed, RightSignature has made room in the treehouse for buddies like Freshbooks, Google Docs, and every file type imaginable. And RightSignature gets all fancy and backs up every single document in a secure archive, the equivalent of a Guggenheim-esque tree house addition.

Lesson 3: More reliable is better than less reliable

If football players are reliable, they get to play in the game, and if they’re not, they have to sit on the bench. In your business, the stakes are similar: if an app doesn’t work, it’s out.

Signing documents and scanning receipts is serious stuff, and you need services that are always available, on any device or platform, and can guarantee your account’s security. RightSignature enables document signing on PCs, Macs, iPhones, Androids – you name it, and 256-bit SSL encryption and fully-redundant SSAE 16 Certified Data Centers provide bank-level security.

Lesson 4: Better is better than worse

Not to name names or anything, but there are other e-signature websites out there. The problem is, they don’t have big enough treehouses, their signing processes include as many (if not more!) steps than ye olde hard copy process, and their security is about as reliable as one of these six-year-olds around a box of forbidden doughnuts. If you're making your e-signature software comparison, don't get cute. Stick with RightSignature, because it's better. And better is, well, better than worse.

Lesson 5: Don’t bring your pet turkey to Thanksgiving

‘Nuf said.

So there you have it: everything you need to know to make your business succeed, and in digestible ideas, to boot. What’s the best advice—business or otherwise—that you've received from a 6 year old?

5 Ways RightSignature Powers Your Business Through the Holiday Crunch

By: Steve Stormoen / Friday, December 6, 2013

The holiday crunch means more customers, but also more hiring, more contracts, and more work for you. Many businesses rely on a busy holiday season to make the whole year profitable. So how will your company weather the busiest time of the year? Here are 5 ways RightSignature will help your business make the most of this holiday season.

photo by Michal Osmenda via Wikimedia Commons

1. Use RightSignature for hiring and employee onboarding

Whether you hire in-person or remotely, RightSignature lets you send and track your hiring documents and, most importantly, eliminates mistakes by ensuring every document is filled out correctly the first time. IRS forms like Form I-9 and W-4 are perfect for RightSignature. Employee handbooks are also a snap with RightSignature – avoid the burden of printing handbooks and let your employees read and sign on their computers or mobile devices.

No matter what size your company, RightSignature makes hiring seasonal help fast and paperless. Check out our article on employee onboarding and learn how electronic signature software can help you hire the hands you need to take advantage of the holidays.

2. Close sales deals before the end of the year

The end of the calendar year is also the end of the fiscal year for many businesses, so pending deals need to be closed in order to book revenue. Unfortunately, the holidays are possibly the worst time of the year to try to get contracts signed, with so many prospects traveling and out of the office.

If you’re in a rush to get your deals closed by December 31st, why not put yourself in control of your sales contracts with RightSignature? RightSignature electronic signature documents can be signed on any computer, phone, or tablet, so you can get your important deals closed before the new year.

3. Get 1099 Forms signed from all your vendors

At the end of the year, as tax season looms, you’ll need a signed 1099 Form from each vendor to whom your business has paid at least $600. That’s a lot of very important paperwork to mail or fax in a short time, and a lot of organizational work to track requests and make sure they all get signed and returned in time for tax day. By contrast, RightSignature monitors every document for you, sending you convenient notification emails every time a recipient opens or signs your 1099, and also sending your recipients reminder emails in case they procrastinate.

RightSignature can eliminate up to 90% of the time it takes to get your important documents signed, executing contracts that could take days or weeks to get signed in a matter of hours. With RightSignature, you can not only get more done, but do it in less time.

4. Use e-signatures to organize a painless company holiday party

Catering? DJ? Party venue? Each of these services involves a contract, invoice, and expense report. Manage your holiday party like a pro, and make it painless with RightSignature.

RightSignature is perfect both for making contracts with party vendors and for getting expenses approved within your company. If you don’t want unsettled expenses bogging you down in the new year, use e-signature software to get your documents signed and sealed in no time.

5. RightSignature gives the gift of efficiency to your signers, too

The holidays are about goodwill, cheer, and family time. But if you’re stuck working, trying to take advantage of holiday shopper traffic, you might miss out on the things that are most important. Fortunately, RightSignature doesn’t just make your life easier – it also makes life easier for the people signing your documents. You may like RightSignature because it gives you lightning-fast, inexpensive, and legally binding signatures for your important document, but don’t forget that the benefits cut both ways.

Your signers will love RightSignature because it makes life easier for them, too. Your clients, employees, and contractors won’t need to worry about printing, faxing, and returning a document, or fear losing your important contract amongst an avalanche of wrapping paper and candy canes. Want repeat business from your seasonal holiday-crunch contacts? Respect their time, and impress them with your savvy use of online document signing.

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