Well, if you are not going to pay for DocuSign in all it's glory, here's a simple way to manage critical documents. That is things with signatures for your startup that you are worried about.

## Send from admin account but don't sign there

The process is a little convoluted because you want to make sure that it's general available and you don't need to sign things:

1. Create a standalone DocuSign account for your company something like admin@yournew.com. You need this because you want something that isn't dependent on one person.
2. You can share the password with others and this can be the place for your standard signatures and things.
3. Now when you want to start a signature chain, you should do it from this account and route it to your ceo and everyone else. The nice thing about this is that all signed documents will be in one central place
4. So you should START NEW from that account.
5. Make sure that the document you upload has a name that makes sense, it shouldn't be file.doc because you will never be able to find it. I normally use the naming scheme <date signed> - <company > - <type of document> - <signatories>.doc so it would be 2020-05 - newco - NDA - John Doe, Big Boss.pdf
6. Now then this is done upload it and you should never say "I'm the ownly signer" because nothing should be signed by the admin account.
7. Instead rout it to the right people and then they will get copies and a copy goes into the central repository at this admin account.

In this way, you won't have documents scattered across a zillion different employee accounts and as long as you trust a few folks, give them the rights to access the admin account.

## Archive documents in admin as the only signer

If you already have a signed document, like the Articles of incorporation that are coming in over the transom or were signed before you saw the DocuSign religion then: