The next time you’re putting together a form to print off for your customers or clients, think twice before hitting that print button. Although paper forms have long been the norm, technology is changing that. Online forms are much easier for customers and clients to fill out, and they’re easier to keep on file.
Not only that, but online forms reduce errors. Although typos happen, they’re much less likely than being unable to read someone’s handwriting, inputting someone’s answers incorrectly, and questions not being answered.
Still not convinced? We’re here to change that.
Follow along with these three ways that online forms reduce errors and we’ll easily persuade you to join the rest of us in the twenty-first century. Trust us, life is easier here.
1. No one is deciphering bad handwriting.
You know the old saying that doctors have terrible handwriting. Well, guess what? It doesn’t just stop at doctors. In fact, 69% of people say they have bad handwriting.
When you or someone in your company or office is having to look through handwritten forms that are all but illegible, they’re essentially having to guess at what your customer or client wrote.
You won’t have that problem anymore with online forms. While we mentioned that yes, typos occur, most of them are easily figured out with context clues anyways.
2. Data entry isn’t needed.
Data entry is never perfect. Whether you’re entering the information yourself, a secretary is handling it, or you’ve outsourced it to a virtual assistant, people make mistakes.
But when you send people online forms to fill out, you’re automatically given their exact answers, with no room for additional human error. You can easily integrate online forms with your database so that there is absolutely no in-between for a secretary or data entry clerk to handle them.
This completely eliminates the middle man, helping to ensure there are no errors from when the form is in your client’s hand to when it’s input into your system.
3. You can require fields.
Online forms have the ability to require fields before the form is even submitted. Paper forms can’t do that, and people can easily skip over questions that are essential to moving forward, whether intentional or by accident.
You can denote which of your form fields must be filled out before continuing or submitting the form, making it easier for people to go back and fill out any responses they may have previously overlooked.
This ensures no one in your office is having to call clients or customers to get an answer – instead, it’s already been filled out because the user was notified that they had missed a field. There’s no need for back and forth, and you’ve received a fully completed form the first time around.
See how beneficial online forms can be to your business? They save time, reduce errors, eliminate the need for data entry, and help make processes much more efficient. Learn more about how online forms can help your business by taking advantage of our free trial.