More Than Fun: Doing Business With Your Tablet Computer

Feedly on iPad
Feedly on my iPad

Got a tablet computer? Chances are that you use it in your business. Businesses are finding many uses for their tablets.

This article, Go Remote: 10 Ways To Use a Tablet for Business, gives you ten ways.

My favorite way, which is perfect for my fellow creatives:

“Create a Digital Portfolio

This is quite possibly one of the highest ROI uses of tablets for business – showing your presentation to a prospective  client on an iPad or other tablet.  It helps get sales. From photographers to real estate agents, tablets are useful for showing your digital portfolio.”

Tip if you’re a writer, designer or photographer: stuff everything you can think of into a “portfolio” folder in Dropbox. You can view most popular types of files in Dropbox.

Dropbox Graphics

Viewing graphics in Dropbox (iPad)

Whatever kind of business you’re in, once you own a tablet, you’ll find yourself incorporating it into your workflow and working life.

After conducting a straw poll among those of my clients who use their iPad or other tablet in their business, their most common reasons where:

* The tablet’s “always on” ease of use.

Sure, you can open your notebook computer and find a document and open it. However, your iPad is much faster — and lighter to carry. Once you get used to taking it with you, you’ll feel naked without it.

* You can carry your library of sales and other documents around with you, and use them on the spot.

Need a contract? A receipt? Tap, tap tap … and you’re done. If you need an app to sign documents, SignEasy (iPad) is great.

Tip: I use Penultimate (free for your iPad) to get signatures, because it syncs to my Evernote account, and once the signature is in there, I can add it to the client’s notebook.

* Easier presentations.

I love giving presentations. I love them even more now that I can use my iPad. You can even create presentations ON your iPad, using the nifty Haiku app.

How you use your tablet computer in your business depends what you want to do. TNW gives you a list of 30 apps to get you started.

Once you start using your tablet computer for business, you’ll wonder how you managed without it.

Angela Booth is an Australian copywriter, Web writer and content strategist. Want your website to do more for your business? Contact Angela via email to set up a chat. She loves to talk about business and the Web.

Tablet Computers: How Do You Use Your Tablet?


CNET’s running a poll, How do you use your tablet?. We’ve fallen in love with our tablets:

“Fast-forward three years. Now we all know exactly what tablets are good for and what they’re not. We buy different sizes to accommodate different needs and purposes. Heck, some of us are already moving on to our second or even third tablet.”

I mainly use my iPad for reading. I read for hours on my iPad every day, and although I wouldn’t have thought such a thing possible, I prefer it to print. Reading a real book’s uncomfortable for me now. I need to hunt around for paper to make notes, and if I want to look something up I need to reach for the tablet anyway.

Currently I’m on a Georgette Heyer kick, so on the weekend, I reread The Talisman Ring for the first time in years. In that book, there are snippets of French. My high school French wasn’t up to the task of translating
ventre à terre, so I looked it up.

That’s the benefit of reading on a tablet; you get instant results when you need to know something now.

iPad for writers

The biggest benefit for me as a writer however, is that I don’t need to carry a lot of stuff with me to client meetings.

My portfolio lives on my iPad. I can instantly give a presentation. I can hand clients an electronic brochure at the end of the meeting, along with any material which might be useful to them.

Of course, I can write and research anywhere. I take the iPad to the library, to work on books. I take it to a coffee shop to brainstorm blog posts and client projects.

When I bought my first iPad, I wasn’t sure how I’d use it. Over time, I spend more time with my iPad than I do with my production machine.

So, go take the CNET poll. Tell the good people there how you use your tablet computer. I’ll bet you use it more than you thought you would, before it entered your life.