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How to sign a business contract online

Before you sign a new client, you’ll need to send them a business contract. Most companies have business contract templates they use to create the contract. On this page you can fill, sign, and download a standard business document to send your clients to review and sign.

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What is a business contract?

A business contract is an agreement that two or more parties enter into which outlines the exchange of goods or services for money.

The contract details the terms of the agreement that everyone agrees to follow. These agreements are summarized in writing and protects all parties involved.

In general, business contract templates include the following: a cover letter, an executive summary, outcomes, pricing tables, deliverables, payment, circumstances that would terminate the contract and more.

There are a lot of different types of business contracts and the most popular are sales contracts and services contracts.

Here is a sample business contract template created via PandaDoc. This example outlines a simple contract that contains essential parts like the scope of work, terms of the agreement, payment details, confidentiality agreement, and more. Both you and your client can easily sign this contract directly within PandaDoc right from this page, just fill in your details.

Step 1. Sign in or create your PandaDoc account

To get started, you’ll need to sign in or create a new PandaDoc account. If you want to try PandaDoc, you can start a free 14-day trial without any payment information.

Once you’re logged in, your dashboard will look like this. To get started on your business contract template, click the green button in the upper right-hand corner. Select “Upload” to download a premade template from your computer.


Or you can connect to Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, or Box to upload your previously used document or template.


Step 2. Fill in the highlighted fields

Using the “FIELDS” pane on the right side of your screen, you can quickly fill out each of the highlighted areas. These tools are designed to allow you to input all the necessary information at once.

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Simply select the highlighted area to fill in the required information. PandaDoc allows you to easily drag and drop text and other elements you’d like to add to the document.

Text fields allow you to add information like your name, company name, mailing address, and more. You can also add images to the document if you’d like.


Step 3. Sign the business contract

Before you can send the contract, you need to add your electronic signature. Thanks to the PandaDoc eSignature tool, you can create a legally binding electronic signatures by typing, uploading, or drawing your signature on the contract.


You can eSign your signature with a mouse, by using your finger on a touch screen, or uploading an image from your device. Once you’re happy with how your signature looks, click the green button “ACCEPT AND SIGN”.


Next, you’ll double click on the “DATE” tool to select the correct date from the calendar. The popup calendar will automatically open to the current month and year.


Step 4. Assign remaining fields to be signed

Now that you’ve done your part, you need to complete and send the online contract to the other party to sign. Hit the green button in the lower right-hand corner marked “SEND”.

From there, you can assign the remaining fields that need to be signed and dated.


Step 5. Send the document to the other party

Once you’ve assigned the remaining fields, it’s time to send the document to the other party to sign. There are two ways you can do this. First, you can generate the PDF of you contract and save it to your computer and then email to the other party to sign.

But the easiest approach is to just send the document from directly within PandaDoc. Once you’ve hit “SEND”, you’ll name the document and enter the information of the recipient you want to send it to.


Once the document is signed, you’ll receive a signature certificate (which you can find on the last page in your downloaded PDF document). The signature certificate legitimizes the document and deems it legally-binding. Every signature certificate includes the customer’s name, signature, their email address, and the date and time the document was signed.


All done! Ready to create and sign more contracts just like this one in PandaDoc?

To create business contract templates, you’ll simply create a PandaDoc account and then complete your document online. Contract signing is fast and easy with PandaDoc. PandaDoc software enables you to close deals faster and reduce tedious administrative tasks.

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