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3 Ways Small Businesses Use Mobile Forms

By Katie Simpson on December 4, 2013
Tags: Data Collection, Productivity, GoCanvas Marketing

Companies across industries are using mobile forms to collect data. Every industry is beginning to embrace mobile forms because they save time and money.

But how are small businesses using them? Here are 3 ways small businesses are navigating the new and exciting world of paperless business:


1.  Inspections

From hotel rooms to construction sites, many businesses have to do inspections. Going mobile is a huge help in this area. With checkboxes, dropdown lists, and auto-populated fields, mobile forms can make inspections go much faster. Even better? You can add photos, location, as well as a time and date stamp. By making inspections faster and more accurate, you save time and get a better view of your business.

Also, inspections rarely happen in your main office. Going mobile saves workers hours each week. Mobile forms transport your file cabinet to the cloud. Now, you don’t have to waste time entering information a second time. Even if mobile forms save your minimum wage employee 1 hour a day in having to record, drive/drop-off, and input information into a database, that saves your company $36.25 a week. And if you multiply that by a month, your company would save $145 for just a single employee.

2. Delivery Confirmations

Sure, there’s a signature on a piece of paper, but did your package really arrive at the destination? Only the driver knows for sure. If you’re in transportation & logistics, you know the nightmare a lost signature slip can cause. Even worse: when you’re driver gets the wrong address and then has to spend extra time finding the right drop off.

By going mobile, not only do you get certainty, but also secure information. Mobile forms can capture the electronic signature, but also the location of the delivery. With light dispatch, you can also send information to your drivers out in the field. Don’t struggle with radio or fuzzy phone connection. Your information comes in crystal clear with a notification on their mobile device.

3. Product Inventory

Restaurants to retail, your product is a cornerstone of your business. Recording your inventory is key for knowing what sells, what you need and more. Missing a paper form or an illegible form (is that 7 or 1?) can cause more than a few headaches: it can weaken your understanding of your own business .

Going mobile addresses these issues too. Barcode scanning will auto-populate fields, making inventories go faster and ensuring that your employees record the information for the correct product. Even better, that data is immediately available for review. You don’t have to wait hours or days for it to be transcribed and uploaded into the database. It’s immediately available for review, so you can make decisions in real time.

Ready to Learn More?

These are just a few ways companies are saving time and money by ditching paper. This is only the tip of the iceberg for how people are using mobile forms. To see more, check out how Daley’s Drywall transformed their workflow with mobile forms.

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