CONTRACTS: Creating and Managing Contracts
What is a Contract?
A Contract is a written agreement between you and the Contact. Instead of having to print it, however, it can be viewed inside of the platform and digitally eSigned.
Contracts can currently be created to only be signed by the Contact, or to be signed by both the Contract and a Staff Member.
During creation it can be assigned directly to a Contact, or you can apply it to an Invoice, Estimate or Project. to generate corresponding data from those modules.
You can also enable the ability for the user to sign the Contract without having to be logged in, and even before a new Prospect or Client is invited into the platform! More information further below.
How do I create a Contract?
In order to create a Contract, you must first build a Contract Template to generate it from. A Contract Template is an unassigned Contract in which you draft its contents. If you want to apply the Contract to an Invoice, Estimate, Proposal, or Project, you'll need to have that item made beforehand too.
CLICK HERE to learn how to create a Contract Template
Once you have your Contract Template built, navigate to Billing > Contracts, and click the +Add Contract button.
Give your Contract a Title. This Title will be visible to the Contact it is assigned to.
Select a Contract Template from the "Select Template" dropdown menu. The Template will appear underneath this section for you to edit.
You can choose whether you would like to apply the Contract to an Invoice, Estimate, Proposal, Project, or Contact. This determines the information that the Dynamic Data Placeholders used in the Contract Template will generate.
CLICK HERE to learn about Dynamic Data Placeholders
How do I edit or preview the Contract?
Once you have selected a Contract Template from the dropdown menu, it will be displayed below. You can view the Contract Template and edit it via the Content Block Editor.
CLICK HERE to learn about the Content Block Editor
To the right of the screen there are tabs you can use to Preview, Save as Template, Save as Draft, or Generate the Contract.
Before using these tabs, you'll need to fill out the required information (enter a Title, choose a Contract Template, and make any necessary selections).
Click the icon shown above Preview of the Contract. This will show you the Contract exactly as the assigned Contact will see it with Placeholders generated.
Click the icon shown above to Save as Template. You can save the changes you have made as a new Contract Template for future use.
Click the icon shown above to Save as Draft. You'll be able to edit and generate the Contract later.
When you are ready to Generate the Contract, click the icon shown above. Before sending, a modal will appear in which you can edit the contents of the notification email that will be sent to the user(s).
You can customize the default text that appears here in Email Templates.
CLICK HERE to learn about Email Templates
How do I let my users sign Contracts without having to log in?
By default, users (both Contacts and Staff) must log into the platform to sign a Contract. However, you can enabled a "non-logged" mode so that your users can be linked directly to the Contract without having to log in.
Navigate to Billing > Settings, then click the Contracts tab.
CLICK HERE to learn about Contract Settings
Scroll to the bottom of this page to the Security Settings section.
Enable the option to allow Contracts to be signed without the requirement to log in.
You can also set the link to expire after a certain number of clicks and/or days.
Click this option to copy the link to your clipboard. You can then send the link directly via Secure Messaging or any method outside of the platform.
What does the Contact see?
The assigned Contact will receive an Email Notification informing them of a Contract that requires their signature. You can change the default text that appears in this message in Email Templates.
This text will differ depending on whether or not you have enabled the ability to sign a Contract without logging in.
CLICK HERE to learn about Email Templates
When the Contact clicks the link, they will be prompted to log in and will immediately be redirected to the Contract.
If the ability to sign a Contract without logging in is enabled, this message will not ask them to log in and will instead link them directly to the Contract.
A Notification will also appear in the Contact's Notification Center while logged in.
CLICK HERE to learn about the Notification Center
Clicking on the Notification will direct them to the Contract as well.
The Contract will be displayed along with a View/Print PDF button. This can be used before or after it is signed.
Any Signer Placeholders you have implemented will appear as clickable fields. The Contact will only be able to interact with Signers that are assigned to them.
When clicked, a Signature field will open a modal in which the Contact can choose to type out their name which automatically fills in the Sign ePad. Or, they can type their name, and draw their signature separately.
Some fields, such as for the Signing Date, will populate automatically after a Signature is added to the Contract by that user.
This process is similar for Staff Members when an Organization Signature is required. The email notification they receive is separate for Internals, and can also be customized in Email Templates.
Email Notifications will be sent to the assigned users when it receives a signature, and when it is fully signed.
Both the Notification Email(s) and the PDF version of the Contract will include the IP Addresses of each signee.
How do I manage my Contracts?
You can manage your Contracts at any time by navigating to Billing > Contracts.
Click the Options menu button for ways to interact with the Contract.
View: View the Contract.
Edit: This will appear if the Contract is in Draft status.
Resend Contract: Duplicate the Contract so that you can resend it.
Manage Actions: Configure the Actions that are applied to the Contract (from the Contract Template).
CLICK HERE to learn about Actions
History: See a history of viewing and signature actions taken by the assigned users.
Mark as Void: Remove the Contract from the user(s) account, and it will no longer be valid. It will still remain in the list for future reference, but you can delete it afterwards if desired.
Copy Contract Link: If you have enabled the ability to sign the Contract without logging in, you'll have the option to copy the link to the Contract.
Once a Contract has been marked as Void, you can delete it by clicking the Options menu button and selecting Delete. Note: This cannot be undone.