Do you remember the days when working in an office meant using a desktop computer, landline, and fax machine?
While you’ll still find this “technology” here and there, it’s largely given away to advancements such as tablets and smartphones.
With more than one billion tablet users worldwide — and rising — these devices will continue to play a major role in companies across the globe.
But that brings us to the million-dollar question: why?
Here are five reasons why tablet usage continues to gain steam in the business world:
1. Traveling Convenience
There may still be times when you travel with a laptop computer, but it’s not necessary if you have a tablet.
Tablets are small, light, and powerful — especially when compared to a laptop computer. So, it doesn’t matter if you’re traveling by car, train, or plane, you can do so without bogging yourself down.
2. Accept Payments
Depending on your role and industry, you may find it necessary to accept payments in-store, in-office, or while you’re on the road.
With a tablet, you can do so in a quick and efficient manner. And not only does this save you time and headaches, but it also makes life easier for your customers.
For example, you can implement Square with your Apple iPad to accept payments from anywhere in the world.
When tablets first hit the market, consumers were unsure of whether they were worth the money. But today, now that these devices have proven to be effective in the workplace, it’s easier to make an investment with a clear conscience.
A competitive industry has gone a long way in making tablets more affordable. Gone are the days when an iPad was your only option. Even if you want to purchase an Apple tablet, there are several options to choose from. This allows you to find the one that best suits your budget.
4. Communicate on the Go
There’s no denying the fact that you’ll use your smartphone for many forms of communication, such as making phone calls and texting. But that’s not often good enough.
For example, if you’re in a customer service role in 2021, there’s a good chance you’re using some type of live chat to connect with customers and potential buyers.
You can use your computer for this, but it’s generally best when you’re in your office. And if you decide to use your smartphone, you’ll soon realize how difficult it is.
A tablet is a perfect solution. It’s fast, the screen is easy to see, and it’s likely to be compatible with any software you use. This allows you to live chat from anywhere.
Another example is the ability to use your tablet for video calls, such as via Zoom or Skype.
5. No Shortage of Apps
This is when you take things to the next level. Apps are all about efficiency — and that’s what you’re looking for at work.
There’s an app for almost everything. It doesn’t matter if you’re interested in learning computer graphic design, managing payroll from the road, or tracking inventory, you have access to a large number of apps.
And best yet, you can sync your tablet and smartphone to give you access to these apps on both devices.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some questions that may be slowing you down. By answering these, you’ll feel more confident in using a tablet for business:
- What are the highest-rated tablets on the market?
- How long does it take to learn how to use a tablet?
- Is it possible to use a tablet instead of a computer?
- Do you need a tablet and a smartphone?
- Is it safe and secure to use a tablet to communicate, such as via email and video conferencing?
Final Thoughts on Business Tablet Usage
Now, what do you think? Are you sold on the idea of using tablets in a business setting?
If you’ve yet to give this a try, now’s the time to take the leap. Once you get past the learning curve, you’re likely to find that using a tablet will benefit you in the five ways above — and that’s just the start!