How a tablet can help you get the job done

Tablets are a great tool for reading, browsing and playing Angry Birds, but businesses are increasingly recognizing the wide variety of advantages that come with owning a tablet. Whether on a sales call, travelling for business, preparing slides for the next big presentation or connected to cloud computing tools, the tablet has emerged as the ideal business tool. Here are a few of the many reasons why:

While laptops can be bulky, and smartphones are often intended for personal use, tablets are the ideal tools for entrepreneurs on the move. Acting as a powerful and portable presentation tool, electronic sales brochure or flyer, payment processing system or even a business productivity device, tablets provide the portability and flexibility required by nimble entrepreneurs today.

Tablets are versatile devices that provide instant access to a wide variety of mobile and desktop applications. They can be used to process debit and credit card transactions on the spot through wireless point of sale systems, and provide access to powerful cloud-based applications like Office 365. Furthermore, you can use a tablet to process invoices and order forms faster and from anywhere, and keep up to date with your bookkeeping with the ability to scan and upload receipts.

Startups and small businesses can’t afford to waste time and money on devices, applications and solutions they cannot use to the fullest. At a fraction of the cost of laptops and desktops, and with much of the same functionality, tablets are ideal for nimble small businesses making the most out of every dollar. Carriers like Bell even provide an installment plan that makes it easier than ever for small businesses to get a tablet – with a high-speed LTE network connection – by spreading out the payments over a couple of years.

For an enhanced customer service experience, a tablet can replace your printed product catalogue or menu, allowing customers to place or change an order in an interactive environment. That has the added benefit of putting all the product or service information that you or your staff may need to answer a customer’s question right at your fingertips. With all of these advantages, it’s plain to see why tablets are the ultimate business computing tool for today’s success-driven entrepreneurs.

This article is presented by small business solutions from Bell Canada.

Jared Lindzon

Jared Lindzon

Jared Lindzon is a freelance journalist and public speaker based in Toronto. Lindzon's reporting focuses on the future of work, technology, entrepreneurship and innovation. Beyond his regular columns in Fast Company's WorkLife section and The Globe & Mail's Careers section, Lindzon has also been featured in The New York Times, The Guardian, The BBC, TIME Magazine, Rolling Stone, Fortune Magazine and many more. As a public speaker, interviewer and moderator Lindzon frequently shares the insights he's gathered through his reporting at conferences and events around the world. Lindzon received an MA in Journalism and an Honours BA in Media Studies from Western University.

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