The free market is a wonderful thing. Demand for a product will prompt producers to create such products. The obvious logic of making a profit from a product in demand, will drive even more producers to saturate the market in order to have their share in the “obvious” profit. The market will then saturate, causing the product to be affordable. This is exactly what has happened with tablets. Back in the early 2000’s Microsoft came out with the Tablet PC. It was not very successful, and did not turn out the product hype that most of us “Tech Geeks” hoped it would turn out into. It was only until the iPad came out, that the general public started desiring, and seeing the need for a device that is portable, connected, and actually useful.
Today, you can go online, and buy an Android (or Windows) tablet for less than $100. It’s not going to be beautiful like the iPad, but its still a functional, connected tablet. Now you would ask the question, “why on earth would i buy something so cheap, knowing that I will just hate it every time i see the beautiful iPads that everyone else paid 5 or 6 times the amount I Paid?”. As a consumer, I would agree with you and would say that those things are probably not worth the money, if you intend to use it for games or watching movies. You will just hate it because the displays wont be as crisp, the speed wont be there, and the feel of the screen wont be as accurate. But, as a business owner, I would advise you to think again and take a closer look at these sub $100 tablets, because these devices can turn your business into a very efficient profit making machine.
The Business Case for Sub 100$ Tablets
Businesses – particularly small businesses more often than not, run their operations on the fly. This very quality is what makes them quick to adapt to the changes in their specific markets. Having seen how most of our small business customers operate, this is something that we see every day and this quality is good! But this quality also lends to the idea that business operations and procedures are “all in my head”. Rarely are there any formal forms for customer facing, or vendor activities, and whenever forms are used, they are paper based, and typically are just filed and never looked at again. All of that data could be collected as a part of their day to day operations. This data is a potential goldmine of information for the business owners, which can give them a glimpse of how they operate. It can show them where they are spending too much time, where potential problems are, and show activity trends that can alert a business owner of an impending problem.
The question is, where would the sub $100 tablets would come in? The answer is this. These tablets can serve as THE data gathering and procedural tool for the operations of the business. Mobile Forms Software exists that you can download for these tablets that will let you create forms that can be used by the people performing the critical tasks for your business. Most of the modern Mobile Forms software will allow you to work while the tablet is not connected to the internet, meaning you wont need a data plan to do all these wonderful things.
Once you start using these tools, you will see that your employees will begin to develop routines and gather all information that is important to you, the business owner. Over a period of time, the gathered data could show you the busiest months, the most profitable customers, the most effective workers, etc. The software can also make it easy to turn the actual work orders that were performed in the field into invoices that are automatically entered into accounting software packages such as Quickbooks, saving you the countless nights and weekends that you spend entering invoices and billing customers.
Digital Workorder is a software as a service product that can do most (if not all) those things that I described above. You can build any form that your business needs, or turn any single procedure into a Form. Then those forms can be included inside a workflow that describes and captures the process of your business. A lawn maintenance company for example can have a form that takes information from a new customer, which then turns that information into a work assignment for the crew, which then confirms completion of the job, and can even take payment from the customer on the spot. This can then create a task form for the accountant to review, and then at the press of a button, that transaction can be entered into Quickbooks. This is but one process of many possible processes that can be encapsulated within Digital Workorder workflows.
If you would like to see how Digital Workorder can help your business make use of the sub $100 tablets that are flooding the market today, go to http://www.digitalworkorder.com and start a 30 day trial. Then download the app from Google Play.