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How Accountants are Prospering with RightSignature Online Document Signing

By: Steve Stormoen / Friday, February 28, 2014


With exciting new accounting software platforms revolutionizing the industry and strong projected growth into the next decade, accounting is a competitive, high-value field where a small advantage can go a long way. Increasingly, accounting firms are adopting RightSignature easy online document signing to streamline their workflows, impress existing clients, and attract new ones.

Engagement Letters, Authorizations, and More

Accountants are no strangers to paperwork. Between engagement letters, authorizations to tax authorities, and audit confirmations, accounting professionals need a multitude of critical documents signed to serve each client. That translates to dozens of pages of messy paper to print, fax, and ship, then scan and file when it’s all over.

We talked to innovative accountant Lior Zehtser of ConnectCPA about how his firm uses RightSignature to get a leg up on the competition. The first thing he explained was how RightSignature saves his firm valuable time and expense, compared to paper:
RightSignature is the perfect tool for us. Before, our photocopiers and printers were always running. A single client could need up to 4 or 5 different signed documents just to get started. With RightSignature, we are able to cut that down to one simple, online signature request, and we don’t have to print a single page.

We love the RightSignature dashboard, too. It lets us see which signature requests are still pending, and we get notified as soon as a document is signed. The dashboard makes it so there’s no extra work for us to do – it keeps track of everything and our documents are sorted automatically, so we can pull them up again afterwards without digging through a filing cabinet."

Serve Clients Anywhere in the World… and Impress Them All

RightSignature does more than just eliminate paper hassles – it transforms the types of clients you can work with. Accountants consistently report that RightSignature has transformed their entire practices, beginning with the geographical range of clients they’re able to serve.

“We do a lot of business all over the US, and we have a growing number of international clients,” said Steve Moss of the accounting firm Holden Moss. “We needed a way to be able to send documents, get them digitally signed, and returned to us in a way that would be really easy and quick.”

Zehtser also explained how RightSignature has revolutionized ConnectCPA’s ability to serve remote clients:
RightSignature has broken down the geographical barriers for us. In the past, if we took on a client who lived out of town, we had to get them to come into our office to sign documents, or put up with the print-scan-fax nightmare. But RightSignature really created a wow factor for our firm. It’s the icing on the cake. Our clients don’t have to come to us physically to sign documents, and they don’t have to get back to their office to sign something either. Everyone has a smartphone these days, or a tablet, we can get documents signed when our client is at the grocery store.

RightSignature impresses our clients, and with the audit log and clean design, it not only features airtight security, it feels secure. From our standpoint, it means our clients are happier, which makes us happy. It means they’re more likely to refer us to their friends, which generates more business for us, and now our clients can come from anywhere. We can also market ourselves more online, knowing we can serve any client we reach."

Beyond Accounting: Building Better Businesses

RightSignature has saved both of these firms so much time that they’re even able to expand the range of services they offer their clients. Holden Moss has differentiated themselves from their competition by offering business coaching alongside their accounting services, helping their small business customers learn how to grow and thrive.

ConnectCPA also decided to offer a unique service to their customers, supplying tech consulting for small businesses with needs like inventory management. Zehtser said:
Since we’ve added it to our services, most clients come to us for tech solutions as well as accounting solutions. This is a game-changer – we’re seeing a trend in the market now where every one of our customers could do business better with some form of online software. They could use DEAR Systems for inventory management, or RightSignature to get documents signed online. We went ahead and priced that work into our accounting fees, so our clients don’t need to hire a third party developer to implement a technology solution for their accounting.

A large part of our workday is learning Xero, Quickbooks Online, and Freshbooks, and all the competitors, because you never know what your client is going to be using. From there, we keep tabs on the API add-ons and integration ecosystems for each service, because oftentimes it’s not just one service that will solve a client’s problem – it’s a couple systems working together intelligently. Any day we can help a client set up the RightSignature + Xero integration to help them get estimates signed online is a good day for us."
Between streamlining your onboarding process, enabling you to serve clients near and far, and bringing technological innovation to your clients, RightSignature provides a competitive advantage in the fast-evolving accounting market. If you’d like to implement RightSignature online document signing in your practice, sign up for a free trial today or schedule a demo to see RightSignature in action.

RightSignature + Checkfront Integration: Online Bookings with Electronic Signatures

By: Steve Stormoen / Tuesday, February 25, 2014


Checkfront is the smart online booking system for businesses offering tours, activities, rentals, and more. Let your customers browse and book your services seamlessly through your own website, complete with online booking, payment processing, and automated billing. Checkfront even helps your business get smarter with robust customer data management and tracking tools.

Now RightSignature and Checkfront provide a new feature to impress your customers and get business done easier and faster, with stronger legal defensibility. When it’s time for your customers to check-out, the new RightSignature + Checkfront integration lets you obtain a legally binding electronic signature on your important confirmation and booking documents.

Add RightSignature online document signing to your Checkfront booking confirmation

When your customer books a service through Checkfront, the new RightSignature + Checkfront integration adds online document signing to your booking transaction. Include a terms of service agreement, liability waiver, credit card authorization, or any other important contractual document. During checkout, your customer will be directed to sign the document with a seamless one-click integration.

When your customer books an item on your website, to confirm the order they will be presented with a Booking Invoice like the screen below. If the RightSignature + Checkfront integration is installed, there will be a link at the bottom of the invoice prompting your signer to "Open RightSignature Document".


After your signer clicks that link, a RightSignature document built from the Template of your choice will open in a new window. If you've set up Merge Fields for that Template, the customer's order information will also be pre-filled on that document.

Customize and pre-fill your RightSignature documents with Checkfront order information

Using RightSignature's powerful Merge Fields feature, the RightSignature + Checkfront integration can automatically fill in your customer and order information to generate custom agreement and authorization documents instantly for every booking.

You can include your customer’s name and address, as well the details, price, and date of the order. The RightSignature + Checkfront integration pulls the data from your Checkfront transaction and merges it onto your RightSignature document, so you don’t have to lift a finger.

How it Works

To use the RightSignature + Checkfront integration, you need to have an account with both RightSignature and Checkfront. To activate the integration, follow these quick steps.
  1. Login to Checkfront and go to the Manage menu, then click “Add-Ons” and search for RightSignature. Next, click Activate and follow the authentication instructions to link your RightSignature and Checkfront accounts.
  2. Login to RightSignature and create a Reusable Template using the document you want to add to your Checkfront checkout. For help creating a Reusable Template and using Merge Fields, please see our Merge Fields video for a full tutorial.
  3. If you want to pre-fill your document with your customer and order information, place a Merge Field for each field. You must name your merge fields exactly using the following format, to ensure the correct data is sent from Checkfront to RightSignature:
Customer/Order InfoMerge Field Name
Booking order numbercode
Details of bookingsummary
Booking totaltotal
Descriptive date of bookingdate_desc
Full name of customercustomer_name
Customer street addresscustomer_address
Customer citycustomer_city
Customer countrycustomer_country
Customer state / provincecustomer_region

RightSignature and Checkfront: the best tools for the job

We're pleased to introduce the new RightSignature + Checkfront integration, an excellent demonstration of the possibilities of RightSignature's powerful REST-based e-signature API. The new integration makes life easier for you and your customers, connecting online software platforms to create a sum even greater than its parts.

Jason Morehouse, CTO at Checkfront, says
Checkfront is the smart business solution for online booking, and RightSignature is the easiest, fastest way to get documents signed online. Our companies both share a dedication to create the best designed, most professional tools for businesses of every size, and this integration is a natural fit. RightSignature’s API was a dream to develop on, and we’re proud that the end result provides such clear value for our users."

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