For most of us, it's second nature to rely on cloud software, and the list of SaaS apps we use every day is getting longer. The average business subscribes to more than fourteen different cloud solutions*.  Inside big companies, the number is even higher.

One of the most popular cloud application platforms is Google Workspace (formerly G Suite), which includes brilliant tools like Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Slides, and so on. 

But did you know? Google Docs is integrated with SignRequest, allowing you to blend e-signatures into one seamless digital document workflow.

You can sign documents and request counter-signatures directly from Google Docs or Gmail. Send your SignRequest to a recipient or set up your doc to trigger the next step in a sales or recruitment process. 

SaaS infrastructure makes it easy for developers to connect the dots between cloud-based systems. Rather than use individual solutions separately, you can wrap their functions together in a single place and work more efficiently — on your own or in a team.

In this blog, we'll explain the benefits of handling e-signatures inside Google docs and show you how easy it is to get started.

Simplify e-signing with SignRequest and Google Docs

Getting signatures on all the contracts, tax submissions, and approval forms that cross our desks every day consumes loads of time. One survey found that nearly half of companies need a week or more to get a signature back after sending out a contract. 

The manual back-and-forth between a document issuer and recipient is full of opportunities for things to go wrong – admin errors, misfilings, damaged documents, and delays. E-signatures remove those risks by binning paper-based workflow and making it entirely digital.

In an always-connected world, cloud-based and mobile-first, it just makes sense. Today, e-signatures are fast, legally binding, affordable, fully trackable — and did we mention fast

E-signing takes a matter of seconds, and signature requests arrive instantly. You can get a contract for a new hire or new business deal signed in minutes rather than weeks.

Combine e-signing with a popular cloud document management tool like Google Docs, and the process gets even faster, smoother, more intuitive, and painless.

Why use SignRequest with Google Docs?

An e-signatures app like SignRequest can push document workflow over the digital last-mile to make it entirely virtual. They accelerate everything from sales to approvals, onboarding new hires to filing tax returns. By using SignRequest with Google docs, you can:

  • Save time and resources while realizing new revenues sooner;
  • Integrate functionality and make all your cloud solutions work together;
  • Quickly finalize legally binding contracts protected under US and European digital signature legislation. 

How to enable a Google Docs signature

You can send a SignRequest from a Google Doc without ever leaving the application. That includes binding and enforceable legal documents — and you can do it in five minutes or less. 

Here’s how:

  1. In Google Docs, go to the ‘Add-ons’ menu and search for ‘SignRequest eSignatures’.
  2. Select the plus-sign (+) icon and say yes to the install (don’t worry, it's free)
  3. Once the add-on has installed, click the new SignRequest menu option in the Add-ons dropdown.
  4. Click and choose ‘Sign with SignRequest.’ When it asks for permission, click 'yes.'
  5. You can now use SignRequest to sign or ask for signatures on Google documents.

Check out our how-to blog post for more details. 

How to insert a signature into Google Docs

  • From your Google Drive account, select an existing Google doc or create a new one.
  • From the open document menu, click Add-ons in the header
  • Click ‘SignRequest eSignature’ for Docs
  • Follow the drag & drop prompts to add your signature.

For a more detailed explanation, check out our Google Docs how-to video on YouTube. 

Unify your cloud-based workflow with SignRequest 

Manual processes are being discarded like old shoes as digital transformation leaps into hyperdrive. Keeping up and protecting productivity is more important than ever.

Despite the mass move to doing things digitally, slow, error-prone, paper-based document workflow has been stubbornly resilient. 

That’s why SignRequest’s Google Docs integration makes good business sense. It unblocks the path to complete digital transformation and opens up the lead between those businesses that embrace electronic signatures and those that don’t.

SignRequest is built on the idea that e-signatures should do the basics brilliantly. That includes working seamlessly with the cloud-based document management tools most of us use every day.

Integrations with platforms like Google Docs and Salesforce make digital signatures even simpler, faster, and easier to use. That’s why businesses from start-ups to large corporations use us every day. They blend all the benefits of e-signing and the cloud — without breaking the budget.

Give SignRequest a go

Learn more about how blending SignRequest with Google Docs can increase productivity and accelerate growth. Sign up for a free trial.

*Source: Hosting Tribunal

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