Despite its perhaps misperceived appearance of being something easier to do than running a company, freelancing can be quite intricate to practice and manage successfully. Just like any CEO, a freelancer struggles with presenting their services, customer communication, lead generation, promotion, feedback gathering and several other business processes which can turn into issues if not handled well. Plus, they deal with several constraints, just like regular businesses, through having budget limitations and needing to find efficient technology tools to use in their activity.
Like many other business types, freelancing can benefit from implementing web forms into daily activity, as they can help with almost all of the matters outlined above. Therefore, if in need for a cost and time effective, yet versatile solution, freelancers should definitely take a look at the online form option.
The quickest possible answer would be: any types. Though, to be more specific, we’ll have a look at 5 common form types which have proven to be efficient for fellow freelancers.
1. The contact form. Being exactly what its name states, the humble contact form is part of the primary connection interface between the (potential) customer and the freelancer. It offers a quick & easy way of contact and can be used to pose a general or an in-depth question, or to send a message.
2. The request a quote form. This type of form is more specialized towards specific interests on the service you’re offering as a freelancer. As you generally don’t have fixed rates, customers can use this form to find out about the amounts you charge for your work. One main advantage of it is that it offers you privacy, allowing you to handle each customer’s requests separately and dedicate your attention to giving them a personalized solution. Thus, you can adjust your rates depending on each project individually, based on information you can require from your customer through the same handy request a quote form. It’s your call what fields to include on the form: ask them about their project type, estimated work hours, complexity, budget and any other details you’d like to get in order to contour the best cost-benefit offer. In addition to that, you can make use of the conditional logic (rules) and direct messages based upon customer choice of your services.
3. The order form. If you have well delimited services or products you offer, which customers can buy immediately without having to first request a quote, then you can include an order form on your site. Such type of forms make the buying process piece of cake: customers only have to decide what they’d like to buy, fill out a few fields on the form, click submit and – poof! – you received an order. Yes, it’s that simple! Moreover, the possibility to integrate order forms with payment gateways, even with multiple ones on the same form, spares you of one more burden – the one of taking extra steps to charge your customer for what they buy.
4. Write a testimonial form. There’s a good reason for which all businesses strive to get testimonials and reviews from clients: 85% of consumers state that they search for online reviews on local businesses before they make a purchase or consume a service (with a rising percent according to latest BrightLocal study). Especially as a freelancer, you sure can use an increase in trust from your customers. Since you probably don’t yet have a widely known brand which consumers can easily recognize, displaying testimonials or reviews can make a client convert significantly quicker. Create your testimonial form just like you wish and brand it according to your taste. To ease up the process you can even include a file upload field onto your form, so that customers can use it to send their company logo or the owner’s profile picture along with their testimonial (or use a file upload form from the very start). Eventually, you’ll be able to filter your information from within the submissions and turn it into nice testimonials with images for more credibility.
5. Forms which are specially built for further use by your customers. If you are a freelance web designer, for example, you’ll probably build and implement different types of web forms for your clients’ websites more than once. When you do that, it’s important to pass on a form management method along with the delivered website. Customers need to be able to handle their own forms, to see submissions anytime and to have access to customized reports based on the submissions. Because you don’t want them to be 100% dependable on you for these things, you’ll sure want to hear more about 123ContactForm’s white label solution. It allows you to turn our form builder into one which is fully branded by you, with several important features like domain aliasing, your business logo and colors on the form builder’s backend, your own help and support links, subusers for your 123ContactForm account and others.
These are a few examples on how you can streamline your work as a freelancer with the help of web forms. The main takeaway is that 123ContactForm offers an easy to use tool that allows you to build all the mentioned form types, as well as others that cross your mind. It’s time and cost effective to use a form builder, and it offers you a lot of flexibility.
Do you have other examples of forms for freelancers you’d like to share with us?
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