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I have been an event photographer shooting as an independent, sub contractor / freelancer for the last twenty or so years and as such have never needed to create or sign a contract electronically. Anytime I covered an event directly between myself and the end user (client) it was always with someone I had a relationship with and it was handled very casually without a contract.
I was just contacted by a business I have no history with to cover an event and they, predictably asked for a contract and description of usage rights. I Googled samples of contracts and usage rights forms and I think I can put together my own contract using the pertinent parts of these forms as they apply to me.
This new client asked for the contract and rights to be sent to them via email, to go over, sign and return to me. The thing is, I don't have a clue as to how one signs this electronic form.
I Googled this too and saw that there is software you must purchase to do what I need. I don't see a lot of these situations arising in the future as I don't seek work directly with clients but rather with companies that hire me as a sub contractor, so to buy something I will rarely use seems to me not to be a wise spending decision.
Someone told me to sign a blank sheet of paper, have it scanned and sent to my email and then copy it to a folder I would create called "e - signature" or the like, and then whenever I need it I would copy and paste the signature to whatever document I need to sign. Does this work? Is it the easiest way to accomplish the electronic signature?
If there are better or more efficient ways to do this I would sure appreciate hearing about them.
Thanks for any assistance I get on this.