How to Use Your Tablet for Business

With the growing trend of remote work and work from home start-ups, small business owners are turning away from the conventional desktop computer to mobile options in the digital world. A combination of laptop, smartphone and tablet defines the gear of the modern mobile entrepreneur.

The tablet especially has rose to become an essential work tool. A recent article in BaseLine magazine reports 81% of respondents said tablets increased their productivity, and cited an increase in productivity of 20% or more. Here are some ways to integrate tablets into your business.

Presentations

Tablets are more flexible than laptops for presentations and help maintain client engagement using touchscreen options.  Using a tablet case with versatile display capabilities, such as vertical or horizontal positions without having to remove the tablet from the case, allows for immediate and effective presentations.

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Note-Taking

Meeting with a client for the first time may require copious notes to learn more about their business needs. Lots of non-tech features may be essential when first engaging with a new client. Since typing away while they talk may be distracting, consider using a tablet case with notepad at the ready. This feature lets you capture key information with good old-fashioned pen and paper while still being personally engaged with your prospect. A file folder built into the case also makes it easy to refer to key documents relevant to your client without having to search on your tablet. And a case with easily accessible business cards helps when ending the meeting.

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Creating Critical Reports During Business Travel

The smaller size of tablets allows important documents to be created quickly and easily while in transit. Many business travelers select tablets over laptops for their compactness and lightweight portability. A case with a detachable Bluetooth keyboard makes typing convenient and fast in coffee shops and airports without plugging in. A protective case is also essential as a tablet can take a lot of dings on the road.

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Anatomy of the Ideal Business Tablet Case

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The Rise of the Tablet in the Workplace

A recent survey from Dell revealed the growing impact of tablets over other mobile devices for workplace productivity. Learn more about tablets for the workplace and work travel.

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  • 73% of IT decision-makers surveyed said that tablets are a standard tech device offered to employees at their organization.
  • One-third said their company has developed tablet assignment/BYOD policies

 

Departments who use Tablets

  • IT 93%
  • Sales/Marketing 70%
  • Executives 67%
  • Administrative 60%

Tablets and other Mobile Devices

  • 75% find tablets as companions to laptops
  • 85% as partners for smartphones
  • 81% of respondents said tablets increase productivity

 

Expanding Tablet Productivity For Work

Using the MobilePro Series™ Executive Folio for iPad Air® / Air® 2 offers tablet protection and expanded utility with the following features:

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  • Slim, all-in-one mobile workstation allows you to conveniently carry and work with an iPad® and paper
  • SmartConnect Case™ (patent pending) allows for an iPad Air®/Air® 2 to be used in-folio, free-standing or hand-held, in vertical or horizontal orientation, and at three viewing angles
  • SmartConnect System™ (patent pending) magnetically attaches keyboard cover to inside of folio
  • Includes removable Bluetooth® keyboard (iOS®, Android™ and Windows® compatible) with integrated wrist support for increased comfort and productivity
  • Also features a ballistic nylon exterior, business card holders, a pen loop, a file folder, a refillable writing pad pocket and a magnetic closure
  • Accommodates an Apple® Smart Cover®

 

Three Must-Have Father’s Day Gifts for the Home Office

Dad’s day is just around the corner. Give him these gifts to complement his home office with comfort and productivity.

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Upgrade Dad’s Shredder

Show how the new auto feed shredders make shredding easier. This is an especially great gift for dads who love new technology. The small office sized auto feeds operate hands free, grinding up 130 sheets of documents at one time, and all automatically. Just fill the drawer, push the button and walk away! The 130C also shreds paper clips, staples and credit cards with ease.

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Enhance Dad’s Tablet Performance

The new MobilePro is the perfect gift if Dad is a tablet user. The slim, all-in-one mobile workstation lets Dad take his work anywhere, combining iPad and paper in one luxurious folio.  The Executive MobilePro also comes with a detachable Bluetooth keyboard. Dad will love the ballistic nylon exterior, business card holders,  pen loop, a file folder, a refillable writing pad pocket and the fact that he can use his iPad in-folio, free-standing or hand-held, in vertical or horizontal orientation, and at three viewing angles.

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The Gift of Comfort

For long hours working in his office, Dad will love the Heat and Soothe Back Support. This temperature controlled backrest provides warmth or coolness to relax back muscles while delivering continuous lumbar support.

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Traveling with your digital devices? Here are some things you might need.

 

Phones, laptops and tablets help us stay productive, pass the time and keep us networked while traveling.  Here are a few extras that can help enhance that on-the-road digital experience.

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Privacy Filters

On a crowded airplane, that casual glance at your laptop screen be annoying. Take the precaution of a privacy filter for peace of mind. Blackout privacy filters completely black out the side view of your laptop or tablet and even some smartphone screens(depends on the model). Yet the straight on view of the screen for you is completely clear. Privacy filter technology is improving, make screens easier to attach and remove for those occasions when you want to show someone your screen. Otherwise, even if you are not necessarily looking at confidential info, it’s still more comforting to keep your screen private.

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Tablet Portfolios

Tablets are especially useful for business trips. They are compact and versatile and are quickly becoming one of the go-to digital technologies for quick and easy digital presentations. Now you can improve the productivity of your tablet by accessorizing. Tablet folios feature new designs that allow you to view your tablet free standing, or hand held, in vertical or horizontal orientations and in several different viewing angles. Executive folios even come with a Bluetooth keyboard.  And it doesn’t matter whether you are left handed or right handed, new folio designs accommodate both. It’s also nice to have traditional stand-bys with your tablet—such a writing pad, pen and business card holder, a few perks that make traveling with your tablet more productive.

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Laptop Lapdesk

As wonderful as laptops are for travel, on a long flight they can leave your lap a little warm, if not hot. Lapdesks eliminate the burn. With built in cooling channels  you will never suffer from scorched thigh syndrome again. Modern designs also feature bumpers that keep the laptop securely in place and slightly angled for easy typing. Toss one in your briefcase or bag pack for your next trip.

What Office Managers May Need to Get for Open Space Offices

 

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While the average worker had 225 square feet of space in 2010, by 2017 that figure will fall 33 percent, to 151 square feet, according to data from CoreNet Global.

 

Laptops: Mobility vs. Discomfort

Laptops are designed to be slim and portable, but not necessarily comfortable. Flat keyboards and touchpads reintroduce ergonomic issues that were resolved with the proper desktop computer accessories.

To help reduce wrist strain, or laptopitis, the laptop lap desk creates proper elevation of the laptop as well as providing a secure cushioned platform on which to rest it while working.

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Overdependence on Digital: Does Anybody Have a Pen?

Sometimes moving freely throughout an open office plan with your electronic devices can mean having the entire internet at your disposal, yet not having quick access to something as simple and necessary as a pen and paper. After all, there are  occasions when with tablet in one hand and phone in the other, you may desperately need to simply write down a phone number.

With the new MobilePro Series, tablet accessory, you can integrate your iPad with office basics like pen, paper and business cards. So no matter where you are brainstorming in the latest upscale open office space, you can jot down notes and check your email.

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No Walls: Collaboration vs. Intrusion

One of the most discussed issues of open office plans is the reduction of personal space. Though cubicle walls seem to create isolation, they also provide some personal privacy. Though the idea that open floor plans would encourage collaboration and engagement between workers seems interesting, in some cases that loss of boundaries feels like intrusion, especially when working with mobile electronic devices. Casual glances at what is on your laptop or tablet screen, or even your smartphone ,may not seem like a serious offense, but could end up making everyone a bit more guarded.

Maintaining personal privacy with privacy screens can help reduce that sense of intrusion. With PrivaScreen blackout privacy filters you create peripheral blind sides that prevent prying eyes from viewing your screen. Not only for laptops, you can also get privacy filters for tablets and phones.

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Do You Have What it Takes to be a Digital Nomad?

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Working independently seems like a dream for many who are stuck in a cubicle 9 to 5. But with the perks come other demands that may need be so dreamy.

Personal discipline

The 40 hour work week is actually scheduling our work performance. Regimentation allows us to focus on projects without worrying about time or productivity. As a digital nomad, you need to be able to create your own personal performance structure. In other words, digital nomads create their own timeclock, setting personal deadlines for projects, defining how long a project will take to complete and making sure time working at home is time well spent. Working from home is full of distractions, after all, from kids  to chores, to the lure of unchecked leisure time. Disciplined digital nomads know when to put everything else on hold for work.

What Would a Digital Nomad Take to a Desert Island?

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Ability to work anywhere

The home office can be comfy, too comfy sometimes.  Away from the corporate cubicle, the home office can easily become more than an office, a personal sanctuary that appeals to our comforts, but may also weaken our ability to address challenges. Digital nomads pride themselves on being able to work at cafes, airports and even unfamiliar office environments where they may need to temporarily set up shop. Digital nomads thrive outside their comfort zone.

Working independently is also working alone

Being an independent worker seems like the perfect fit for a free spirit, but working independently can also mean being less connected to the home office team. Far from daily meetings and brainstorming, digital nomads may need to become less reliant on others for the completion of tasks and more dependent on themselves for essential information. This doesn’t mean that digital nomads are working without others, just that the lines of communication become less robust with their distance from headquarters. The availability of  other office associates in a corporate environment can mean face to face coordination to prevent misinformation, as well as the ability to maintain real time consistency in a project’s timeline performance. The remote factor increases the risk for miscommunication and mistakes.  Digital nomads know this and manage a strict schedule of confirmation emails and conference calls to ensure their place in  the successful completion of a project.

The rise of the tablet for the mobile work force

MobilePro Series

With the labor force working more and more outside of the office, either working from home or on the go, accessories that fit the remote work style are becoming increasingly important in order for workers to be more productive. The new line of MobilePro Series products from Fellowes Brands addresses the needs of those who rely on their iPad® as a convenient way to work while they are away from the office by providing a variety of useful and innovative features.

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“When planning the strategy to enter the market, we knew that we needed a concept that was highly differentiated and grounded in meeting the needs of the mobile worker that were not being met with other products that were already in-market,” said Senior Marketing Manager, Maria Angelakos. “When we put our concept in front of people in focus groups, they were most excited about the quality of the craftsmanship and the versatility of the products. They’re really wonderful because they go seamlessly from the office to home to on the go – both for work and for down time.”

The folios are all-in-one mobile workstations that allow users to conveniently carry and work with an iPad and paper. Distinctive to the folios is the patent-pending SmartConnect Case, which allows for an iPad to be used in-folio, free-standing or hand-held, in vertical or horizontal orientation, and at three viewing angles. In addition, the case features a custom-fit tray so that compatible iPads are held securely in place to provide protection for the device and peace of mind for the user. Because the case is detachable, the folios can also be used left- or right-handed. Other features include compatibility with an Apple® Smart Cover® and Apple® Smart Keyboard, a ballistic nylon exterior, business card holders, a pen loop, a file folder, a writing pad pocket and a strong magnetic closure.

The most comprehensive folio in the collection is the MobilePro Series Executive Folio for iPad Air®/Air® 2. In addition to the features listed above, for all folios, this folio comes with a Bluetooth® Keyboard that has its own carrying case. This iOS®-, Android– and Windows®-compatible keyboard also includes an integrated wrist rest for increased comfort and productivity.

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Fellowes’ patent-pending SmartConnect System magnetically attaches the keyboard to the inside of the Executive Folio and to the outside of any of the Deluxe Folios for iPad Pro, iPad Air®/Air® 2, and any of the iPad mini devices. This progressive system of magnets securely “pairs” the keyboard to a folio, making it easier to carry both of them, together.