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The world of work and where work takes place has evolved a great deal over the past few years. It is becoming more common for entrepreneurs to telecommute and to meet with clients and prospects virtually instead of in person. It is the incredible technology that is making this possible. Entrepreneurs will be well served to embrace the new technological advances that enable them to work with ease on the go, rather than being tethered to a desk, power cord or office space. An investment in a tablet PC, Smartphone and cloud-based storage can help an entrepreneur get out of the office and into the world.
Once upon a time, it was common to see entrepreneurs stop at a local coffee-house, pull out a huge laptop computer and work while sipping on cups of coffee.Today, those same entrepreneurs are pulling out tablets or even smartphones and getting to work. Today’s tablets have much of the same horsepower found in laptops with much less weight and a smaller footprint. Smartphones now have a great deal of processing power, incredible software as well as great portability. Many entrepreneurs are using their smartphones as mini-computers that make telephone calls. Increasingly traveling entrepreneurs are using tablets at meetings to take notes and collate information rather than notebooks. Tablets which are lighter in weight than the typical paperback novel are easy to pack, carry and use. E-book readers make it possible to carry thousands of books in the palm of your hand or a large jacket pocket! At your next business meeting or conference, try using your tablet to take notes, capture images, and curate information.
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The move from pen and paper to the desktop computer was not an easy one for some entrepreneurs. Similarly, the move from the desktop computer to laptop took some convincing. We are in a similar position now with tablets and Smartphones. It may seem strange to use them for business, and perhaps it is, but that doesn’t change the fact that it is a good idea. As with any piece of technology, it is important to have the right programs and backups. Programs like Evernote and OneNote enable you to do word processing on your portable device and then access it on your stationery device whenever you prefer. Cloud-based storage drives like Skydrive, Google Drive, and Dropbox make it possible to store, access and use files and information in the palm of your hand. Technology truly makes it possible to work on the go. Instead of grabbing a briefcase full of files, folders, papers, and books, just grab your tablet or Smartphone and go.