Survey: Tablets a Boon to Mobile Entrepreneurs

As a small business owner, you wear a lot of hats. At least that’s the cliché we’ve all accepted in our entrepreneurial lifestyles. So what about work-life balance?

We’ve seen several studies this summer about small business owners who take working vacations and surveys about work-life balance are endless. Everybody wants it. Few small business owners achieve it. It’s almost an oxymoron.

Could a tablet computer help? Yes, it could, according to a new survey from Staples Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples.

The Staples survey reveals that more than 60 percent of tablet owners admit to powering on their tablet during vacation to check in with the office or do work. But about 80 percent of tablet owners claim they are experiencing improved work-life balance because of the new technology. Here are some of the specific benefits to consider if you are thinking about taking the tablet plunge:

  • Almost 60 percent of survey respondents say they get more work done using a tablet.

  • More than 40 percent said staying connected with colleagues and clients was the primary motivator for buying a tablet.

  • About 75 percent of tablet users check e-mail.

  • One-third review and edit documents on their device.

All compelling benefits. But there is an overarching motive for purchasing a tablet computer: More than 90 percent cite the convenience of portability as their primary motivation. It’s so convenient, in fact, that tablet owners tend to take the device almost everywhere. Seventy-eight percent use a tablet in bed, 35 percent use a tablet in the bathroom and 30 percent at a restaurant. More than 60 percent of current tablet owners think tablets will someday serve as their primary computing device.

"Tablets offer fantastic convenience and a better work/life balance, making it easy for employees to keep information with them and utilize business apps, no matter where they go,” says Ed Ludwigson, vice president and general manager for Staples Technology Solutions, the technology products and services division of Staples Advantage. For employers, the benefit is having a more productive workforce that's always connected to what's happening at the office.”


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