We spend a lot of time talking about tablets here for consumers, but their usage goes far beyond home use. Today, tablets can be used by businesses in many different ways. While some may consider using a high end tablet such as a Microsoft Surface Pro as a full laptop replacement, there are many other ways a tablet can benefit your business.
Even small business owners should be able to use make use of tablets, especially if much of your business involves interacting with customers and working on the go, and not just in the confines of a small office. Today, let’s examine six different ways to use a tablet in your business that will help you improve productivity and performance.
Ways to Use a Tablet in Your Business
Remember, this is by no means a comprehensive list. Instead, it’s a list of some of the uses that I believe most business owners, and especially small business owners, can make effective use of this mobile technology in their business. Are you ready to get started?
1. Bring Your CRM and Sale System to Your Customer
Impressing your potential customers is key to success. What if you could take your entire CRM and sale system right to your customer? Not only will you be able to show off all your products from virtually anywhere, but you can manage and set up new customers right then and there. Efficiency is always good for converting customers, and by taking your entire system with you, you transform your business into a truly mobile workplace designed to meet and exceed customer expectations whenever you go on site.
2. Make Calls on the Road
No, I’m not suggesting you should hold your tablet up to your ear and talk on it. That would just look silly and it really won’t work very well. However, with Skype or Google Voice, you can easily make VoIP calls from almost anywhere as long as you have data service on your tablet. In the long run, this can save you a lot of money over multiple cell phone voice plans while still allowing you to keep in touch with any of your employees that are out in the field servicing customers.
3. Digital Portfolios
Do you need an easy way to show off your work to your customers? If your business involves visiting customers in their homes or at their offices, you will probably need a way to show off your work. That way you don’t have to bring them to another site or to your office to demonstrate what you can do. With a handy tablet, you can easily show off your work, without bringing your customers from their homes or offices. Whether you are showing off a cool web design or a new floor you installed for a customer, digital portfolios will give you the freedom to show off your work anywhere, and a tablet is the easiest and best way to take it with you.
4. Create, Manage and Edit Documents
The ability to create, edit and manage your documents remotely has never been more vital to your business than it is today. With a tablet loaded with the right apps, you can easily create custom documents for your clients and employees from virtually anywhere. By incorporating cloud storage solutions such as Dropbox or Google Drive, you can easily update your files and have them instantly available to everyone. In my opinion, this is one way to add almost infinite flexibility to your business, as it allows both you, and your employees to work effectively and service customers from almost anywhere.
5. Track Your Time
Is time tracking vital to your business? Are you tired of using old fashioned manual time cards that you then have to input by hand into your accounting system in order to pay your employees on time? You can streamline the process and track your time, even for your employees that are constantly on the road by using a tablet with many different time tracking solutions available today. This will reduce the time you have to spend managing and entering time and will help you track it more effectively while at the same time making it easier for you pay your employees the correct amount on time.
6. Get Paid Faster
Now this is really the big one. We all like getting paid, after all. With a tablet, you don’t have to rely on old fashioned methods of payment. A tablet with Internet connectivity can give you the ability to take credit cards on site so you can receive your money even faster. On top of that, if your clients do pay you with cash or with a check, you can record it into your account system right then so you stay on top of your billables. That way you never have to wonder how much you have actually made while at the same time reducing your trips to the bank giving you more time to focus on finding new customers.
As you can see, there are many ways you can use a tablet in your business to improve productivity, performance, and customer interaction. After all, at the end of the day, you want to provide a great product or service to your customer while turning a nice profit. Providing a great customer experience is key to this success. I’m sure you want that positive Google Review, do you not?
By implementing tablets in your business, you can streamline your processes and better your customer interaction so you will get recommended for even more business and you may even get a return customer the next time they looking for the products or services you provide.
What ways do you use a tablet in your business? Sound off in the comments below and let us know how they have helped you.