Cash-strapped firm owners can turn to tablets

Small-business owners are having to focus on cash management more than ever with current state of the economy and the difficulty some firms are experiencing when trying to pay out the wages expected by employees. Keeping this in mind, many owners at small enterprises are looking for ways they can leverage technology to carry out some of the roles that staff once completed, more specifically, tablets, according to The Wall Street Journal.

An example provided by the paper is Carla Hesseltine, owner of Just Cupcakes in Virginia Beach, Virginia, who is considering replacing her employees manning the cash register with a tablet, giving her customers the ability to place orders in the store without the help of a salesperson. Not only will this make the process more automated for Hesseltine, it will also help her maximize the budget at her company. The changes Hesseltine is planning to make at her firm are falling in line with the current conditions of the business market.

Tablets are continuing to gain popularity
Hesseltine may be onto something by planning to incorporate more tablets and less workers into her business plan. According to recent forecasts from Gartner, tablet shipments throughout the world are expected to grow to 197 million units in 2013, an increase of 69.8 percent increase from 2012. While this statistic includes both businesses and consumers, there is no question more small-business owners are taking advantage of the power of apps and the cloud, making the tablet a worthy investment.

"Lower prices, form factor variety, cloud update and consumers' addiction to apps will be the key drivers in the tablet market," said Ranjit Atwal, research director at Gartner.

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