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JotForm 4.0: The Must-Have Free Tool for Small Businesses

JotForm 4.0: The Must-Have Free Tool for Small Businesses

Nowadays, a business that does not have an online presence is doomed. The Internet has made it a lot easier for business owners to communicate with their customers and their prospects and to showcase their products or services.

However, many web design softwares and services are expensive for small business. They’re also notoriously difficult and frustrating to use!

One of the most common website issues that business owners are faced with is implementing forms on their websites. Businesses need forms of all kinds: contact forms, newsletter forms, order forms, and more.

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With little time to waste, small business owners need an easy and fast solution to making online forms.

Luckily, there are free services such as online form building tool, JotForm, which nullifies this dilemma and makes it easier for businesses to implement free forms on their websites through the newest tool called JotForm 4.0

But let’s start at the beginning.

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What exactly is JotForm 4.0?

JotForm is an online form builder and design tool that facilitates the process of integrating forms with one’s website, or as a standalone form. JotForm has been around since 2006, but recently it has been updated to offer more free features and ease of use.

The latest version is even easier to use, more intuitive, and has new features, such as the ability to create forms on mobile devices.

Why do I need forms on my website?

Think of forms as managerial perks:

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  • They improve your communication with your clients.
  • They collect vital data for your databases.
  • They make it easier for people to contact you.
  • They can help you get rid of an immense amount of customer emails and phone calls.
  • They improve the accuracy of the data you receive.

What do automated form builders offer?

Apart from their unaltered simplicity, a form builder allows you to choose from a large range of templates, themes, and plugins. You can customize each of them according to your personal aesthetic taste. Plus, you can create any type of form that your website may need, from application, order and evaluation forms to registration, contact, feedback, abstract, event registration, request forms, and signup forms.

1. Ease of use

With JotForm 4.0, you can create forms and have them up and running in just minutes. “Easy-to-use” is the unchanging, guiding principle of this platform. You don’t need to write a single line of code: the entire process is drag-and-drop! (Even professional web designers find it hard to integrate forms into the design of a website.)

Sometimes, it can crack the entire framework of a website, so your site is rendered dysfunctional, which automatically means loss of money. Paying for expensive web design services for tasks like making online forms is unnecessary– you can do it yourself in a matter of minutes.

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2. Beautiful designs

Not only can you make your own forms with an online form builder, but you can also choose from a wide array of stunning designs. Or, upload your own images! Pro tip: Make sure that all customer-facing forms represent your company branding well.

This includes having forms that feature your company colors, fonts, images, and logo.

3. Powerful apps and integrations

JotForm offers over 100 integrations with business tools including Salesforce, Dropbox, PayPal, Excel, and more. For example, as your form submissions roll in, you can have their results automatically upload into an Excel or Google spreadsheet. Collect file uploads, add images, videos, calculators, and more!
As you can see, an online form builder like JotForm 4.0 or even other paid forms builders can help you easily create forms and collect data on any device: desktop, tablet, or mobile phone.

Final Thoughts

Do your research. Hopefully, this article serves as a starting point in finding the perfect forms tool for you. While JotFrom 4.0 is a great tool, make sure to look into other form tools before making a final decision.

Featured photo credit: Olu Eletu via unsplash.com

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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