Ditch the Clipboard: 7 Industries That Could Benefit from Mobile Forms

  • Michael Grant
  • June 13, 2018

Most people hate filling paper forms. Remember those old clipboard days when you would be asked to fill out a bunch of papers? Well, those days are almost gone! And the new kids on the block are mobile forms.

When mobile apps appeared on the scene a few years ago, most people looked at them as “nice to have” apps. However, with time, mobile applications have become “need to have” tools that are essential in facilitating day-to-day tasks and services.

Almost every business uses forms, especially for reporting purposes and when creating applications for products and services. Mobile forms help businesses speed up processes and functions.

Although every firm uses forms in one way or another, there are some businesses that can benefit significantly from implementing mobile forms.

1. Banking

The banking sector has always been heavily dependent on forms. When applying for financing, for example, you would be required to fill out several forms. Before the onset of mobile-based forms, applying for a loan was quite a lengthy process. However, today, courtesy of mobile forms, one can apply for financing and have the loan application approved in under 24 hours. Besides, opening an account with a bank no longer requires a trip to the bank or a one-week wait for the application forms to be mailed out to you.

2. Real Estate

The real estate industry is another sector that’s heavily dependent on forms. From the moment you fill out an online form to express your interest in a property, what follows are more forms to fill until the final agreement is signed. Mobile forms make this process easy and less daunting. Managing properties also requires heavy use of forms app and mobile forms, especially when managing rent and scheduling maintenance.

3. Airports

International airports are some of the busiest places in the world. The sheer number of human and cargo traffic transiting and arriving through these airports would make running them a nightmare if all information was required to be filled on paper forms. Mobile forms help integrate services at airports, making various services such as ticketing and baggage processing, customs procedures, and more a breeze.

4. Pizza Outlets

Placing an order for a pizza is only a mobile form away, wherever you may be in the world’s major cities. The moment you hit that “order” button, the mobile form prompts you to fill in certain details such as the size of the desired pizza, toppings requirement, etc. You can also indicate on the mobile form whether you want it delivered at your doorstep or if you will be picking it up.

5. Maintenance

Maintenance firms also thrive on mobile forms. Field teams no longer have to fill out paper forms to report back to the office. Mobile forms provide field workers with an opportunity to file their reports and receive instant feedback.

6. Insurance

Insurance companies are also form-intensive. Most people find filling out insurance application forms tedious. The sheer volume of information required makes using mobile forms a necessity. This enhances efficiency and turnaround times for each application.

7. Construction and Repairs

Mobile forms allow construction and repair companies to speed up the scheduling of asset repairs from several days to real time. They also allow instant reporting and scheduling and therefore reduce the time it takes to complete various tasks. Since repair and construction companies have thin profit margins, the enhanced efficiency made possible by mobile forms secures these margins. It’s also easier to file reports from the field through mobile forms.

There are many other businesses that rely heavily on forms. Using mobile forms makes their processes more efficient, hence widening their profit margins.

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Hello, my name is Michael and I'm a cancer survivor. I'm also a home entrepreneur and stay-at-home grandfather. In the past thirty years, I've dabbled in the the financial sector, the technology industry, as well as a little business consulting. I guess you can call me a jack of all trades!

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