I get so excited by what you can find on the web these days. I'm doing some work for a charity at the moment and I wanted to build an online event registration form that compiled a database and also sent the event registrant a confirmation email. We have a great IT company that does a lot of work free for the charity, but they'd have to spend some additional IT time on this and they were going to have to charge us $600. Now this isn't a lot of money, but when you're a charity, it's enough! So I went to good ole Google for an investigate and found a tool that I love so much I can't stop telling people about it.
Wufoo.com is a completely idiot proof form builder. It's FREE if you only want 100 entries a month, which was all I needed, but even the version you have to pay for is only $24 a month for up to 3,000 entries AND it manages payments.
This tool has so many uses: as a database/sign up form, as an event registration, as a survey tool, as a means of taking payments.
It only took me about 30 minutes to customise a form in the colours I wanted, upload a logo and start collecting responses. Seriously.
I think I'm in love. Check it out at www.wufoo.com.