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Keep It Short and Sweet: Making Intake Forms That Work for You and Your Clients

Balance is key for effective intake forms. Learn to streamline questions, respect client time and gather essential info for successful sessions.
Keep It Short and Sweet: Making Intake Forms That Work for You and Your Clients

Picture this: you've just designed a beautiful service offering, crafted a compelling description, and you're ready to start accepting bookings. The next step? Creating an intake form that collects the necessary information from your customers.

But what should you ask? How can you ensure you're prepared for each session without overwhelming your clients with too many questions? Here's a guide to help you strike the right balance.

Why Are Intake Forms Important?

Before diving into the specifics, let's understand why intake forms are crucial. These forms help you gather critical information about your clients, allowing you to personalize their experience, understand their expectations, and offer tailored solutions.

Moreover, intake forms can save time during the session, help manage potential risks, and foster open communication with your clients. However, a lengthy and complex intake form can deter potential clients from booking your services.

So, how do you strike a balance? Let’s delve into some best practices.

Limit the Number of Questions

The first rule of thumb when designing an intake form is to limit the number of questions. As a service provider, you want to avoid overwhelming your client right off the bat.

Try to limit your form to essential questions only. What do you absolutely need to know before the session? Stick to these questions and avoid the temptation to ask for information 'just in case.' This can typically be done in 5 questions for most service providers.

Ask Open-Ended Questions

Open-ended questions encourage your clients to share more about their needs and expectations. Instead of asking yes/no questions, consider questions like "What are your goals for this session?" or "Describe any concerns you have." This not only provides you with more context but also shows your clients that you're genuinely interested in their needs.

Make Some Questions Optional

Not all questions need to be mandatory. If a question is not absolutely critical, consider making it optional. This shows respect for your clients' time and also reduces friction during the booking process.

Dayslice makes it easy to mark questions as required or optional during the booking process

Use Multiple Choice Questions Wisely

Multiple-choice questions can be a great way to speed up the form filling process and make it less overwhelming. However, use these wisely. Too many options can confuse your clients and make the form look longer than it is.

Review and Revise

Lastly, don't forget to regularly review and revise your intake form. As you learn more about your clients and services, you might find some questions are unnecessary, or there may be new, more important questions to include.


Striking a balance with intake forms is all about understanding and respecting your clients' time while ensuring you get the necessary information for a successful session. The key is to keep it short, focused, and client-centered.

It's not just a form; it's the first step in building a relationship with your clients. And as always, Dayslice is here to help make that process as seamless as possible.

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