Using Tablets For A Small Business: Is It Worth It?

 

In terms of using today’s technology to simplify our lives, integrate our communication and grow our small business, the application of these tools directly correlates to our success.

As any small business owner or entrepreneur knows, sometimes the bulk of our day is spent doing administrative tasks. Note-taking, invoicing, organizing, bookkeeping, responding to emails and managing our social media accounts can be all too time-consuming. solutions for small businesses

So we lug our laptop around, shoulder limped and fingers cramped, aching for a solution that is smaller, wiser and more cost-effective.

Enter the tablet. Sure, it’s great when you’re at home, for reading and watching short videos. But it’s rarely a solution that we picture for our businesses, outside of our pajamas and work-from-home wishes.

Can tablets be useful in managing a business? More importantly, are they worth the chunk of change?

But measuring the ROI on a tablet, like the IPad or Samsung Galaxy Tab, is like trying to measure the success of a new diet or workout regime:

You have to learn and apply the tool to understand it’s fullest potential.

Our CEO Bill Maltbie uses his tablet every single day. Well, every hour of the day actually.

He’s recommended some useful apps for you to download and for good reason:

“Even though I have a laptop, it rarely leaves my desk as 99% of what I need to do away from the office, or in a conference room, can be performed with my tablet.“

 

Some of his ideas here.

  • Access and control your Client Management Relationship (or CRM) system.
  • Presentations for clients, meetings and showing samples.
  • Scan and organize your business cards into client files or address book.
  • Type, edit, email, and read all types of documents, including PDF, Word, Excel, and Powerpoint using QuickOffice.
  • Store and share notes using Evernote.
  • Scan receipts and have the information pulled into a spreadsheet and uploaded to Quickbooks (which also has an app where you can invoice a client on the spot), all by just taking a picture of a receipt.
  • Upload emails and documents to Evernote. Place them into a client file in Highrise so your notes are always updated.

 

The above tasks consume hours upon hours of our day. With all of these great uses, it’s hard to imagine how a tablet couldn’t be useful in managing a small business.

The key lies in understanding how to use the tool and taking full advantage of the applications available to you.

What are some of your favorite apps to use in managing your small business?

The list goes on and on. As far as choosing the right tablet for you and your business, Bill adds that you should “ensure that it fits you, your skill level, and you needs.”

tablet for small businessHe also says to “pay attention to the apps that are available on the tablet you choose and make sure that those applications are relevant and useful to your business, BEFORE you buy.”

If it’s between choosing a laptop or a tablet, consider that the tablets may lack user-friendliness because it doesn’t have a keyboard, full-sized screen, or full capabilities with Microsoft Office.

However, there are many great substitutes and accessories available, within a decent budget range of between $50 – $200.

You can also contact us today and we’ll be happy to give you some feedback on the most useful and practical business apps available on the market. We’ll even help you select the best combination for your business!

What tablet have you found works best for you and your small business? What are the pros and cons to owning one vs. a laptop?

Let us know what you think and leave us a comment below.