In this technological age that we live in, it is hard for business professionals to go about their daily work without using some form of technology, especially as a business’s customers and supplier will also be using technology on a daily basis too.
Gone are the days where business-to-business dealings relied on fax machines, cheques, invoices sent out in the post and even telex communications. Instead, check out these 5 technology gadgets that all business pros should be using!
Most mobile phones sold today do much more than enable telephone and text message communications between people.
Smartphones, as they are known, enable business pros to run apps (the trendy way of saying, “software” for mobile devices) which can perform all manner of tasks from giving you up-to-date stocks and share prices, to enabling rich email communications with co-workers, customers and suppliers.
You may be used to travelling around with a laptop for portable computing purposes, but these days it’s far easier, cheaper, lighter and let’s face it, trendier, to be carrying around a tablet device instead!
Tablets are essentially touchscreen devices which can vary in size and specification, but are essentially like bigger-screened smartphones, minus the telephone call facilities. Like smartphones, they can run all sorts of apps and are great for presentation purposes with customers.
Business professionals that find themselves travelling a lot around the country or even abroad will normally stay in a hotel or similar accommodation, but sadly not all hotels offer Internet access, and those who do charge extortionately high fees for the privilege.
Mobile broadband enables you to access the Internet from any area with good network coverage, and you can choose to either use a USB device or a “MiFi” device, which lets you share your mobile broadband connection with WiFi devices such as smartphones and tablets.
When you are travelling to a meeting with an important client in an area you are unfamiliar with, the last thing you want to be doing is turn up late because you couldn’t read a map properly. A satellite navigation or “satnav” device uses GPS technology to tell you how to get to your destination quickly and safely.
Many satnav devices even tell you the location of fixed speed cameras and traffic light cameras, and all of them will tell you the speed limit for the road you are driving on, as well as your current speed – which is great for keeping your driving licence clean!
Mobile Card Terminal
If you are a business pro that regularly takes cash or cheque payments from your customers when you go to visit them, then why not offer them the option to also pay by debit or credit card using a mobile card terminal?
There are many companies that offer mobile card processing terminals and facilities, and they work in the same way as card terminals in shops – except these ones use a 3G mobile data connection rather than a fixed phone line.
If you are unsure how to go about obtaining a mobile card terminal, it might be best to speak with a company that offers business IT support services as they can often provide you with a one-stop shop solution for your needs.