Sarah Glendenning is a professionally-trained Registered Sign Language Interpreter based out of the United Kingdom. She works in various domains ranging from community interpreting (GP and dentist appointments, hospitals, etc.) to legal work (court, police, and solicitors). She also works in media- and mental health-related settings.
A day in my life as a self-employed sign language interpreter can be hectic, as I travel all over the UK with my work. It involves meeting lots of people and lots of face-to-face interaction.
I love the variety of my work. One day, I can be working in court, and then the next, I can be working on an outward bound residential course. No two days are the same.
I usually use Signeasy for paperwork like timesheets, to corroborate that I’ve arrived at an assignment as well as to sign off on terms and conditions.
Some companies I work with insist that I have a timesheet signed – if they aren’t signed, then I don’t get paid. I was terrible at remembering to print off the sheets and get them signed, and didn’t enjoy the hassle of coming home to then scan and email them. It was definitely cumbersome on the whole. That is when I decided to give Signeasy a shot.
I stumbled upon Signeasy while I was browsing through the Play Store.
Given my domain of work, timesheets, terms and conditions, and references are my main uses for Signeasy.
I would receive terms and conditions via email. In the past, I would have to open the attachment, download it to my computer, print out the pages, sign them, scan them, and then email the attachment. This process has changed completely, and ever since I discovered Signeasy, my location has become irrelevant.
I can reply to emails as soon as I receive them, which means less paperwork for me when I get home. Now, I just open the attachment with Signeasy, sign the necessary parts, hit send, and the job is done.
Timesheets are also an integral part of my work for the NHS. Since I started using Signeasy, I usually download the timesheet form before I leave for the job, fill in all the bits I can (i.e. my time of arrival, my details, and my signature, then at the end of the job I can easily ask the busy staff to give me an electronic signature). Once I leave the department, I hit send and email my timesheet straight away, which facilitates prompt payment.
Less paper to carry around, ease of use, and of course the amazement on people’s faces when you ask them to sign their name on your phone.
I’ve already recommended Signeasy to a couple of my colleagues; I know one of them has already started using it.
Signeasy has helped me so much; I no longer have crumpled up pieces of paper in my bag that need signing. Signeasy means I can send my timesheets off as soon as I’ve finished my job.