BYOD or Bring Your Own Device has become the mantra of small and mid-sized businesses and it wouldn’t take an IT expert to explain why. As it is, the still-volatile and recovering US economy has forced SMBs to contend with financial limitations. And for startups and struggling businesses, BYOD isn’t just something worth considering; it certainly is something worth risking for.
Let’s face it: a lot of budding businesses simply can’t afford to deploy high-grade devices to their employees. And besides, there’s a long list of more important things that need funding. Employing a BYOD policy is also a good way to boost employee satisfaction as they work up a sweat in a mobile environment.
But hey, don’t get too caught up in raking savings, because if truth be told, BYOD also exposes your business to problems beyond your imagination. But it wouldn’t stop you, would it?
Mounting support for BYOD among SMBs
Spiceworks, a vertical network of 2.5 million IT professionals around the world, recently published the study “As BYOD Becomes Mainstream, Complexity Increases for SMBs”. It is a compilation of responses from 991 SMB IT professionals worldwide.
According to Spiceworks, 61% of small and mid-sized businesses have implemented a BYOD policy in their workplace. Of which, a whopping 90% support Android smartphones and 83% support tablet PCs running on Google’s mobile operating system.
Also, smaller SMBs or those with less than 250 employees are more likely to adopt BYOD, says Spiceworks. Support for BYOD is also expected to increase from 59% in 2012 to 73% by the year’s end.
Best Android apps for start-ups
Obviously, Android mobile devices are getting a lot of loving’ from small and mid-sized businesses compared to their larger counterparts. So what has Google Play in store for startups like you? We’ve leafed through the hundreds of thousands of apps on Android’s app store for the best mobile apps tailored-fit for budding businesses like yours:
What can make you stay in the business in a marketplace that has gotten so aggressive in the recent years—constant innovation. MindJet is a free mobile mind mapping app that lets you organize your thoughts, brainstorm business ideas, and keep track of projects and business meetings. This way, a small business owner like you need not be stressed out by the goings-on of your business.
- Task List
Unlike large enterprises, most startups have less manpower. And what does it mean to a business owner like you? Lots and lots of things to do. That’s why you need your own task manager and the task list app is the best that you can get on Google Play for free or as low as $0.99 for an ad-free version. Task List allows you to create your set of to-dos and arrange them according to priority. And true to its name, this mobile app will jump at you for tasks long overdue. Task List also features a speech to text function.
Square is a mobile payment app that helps you locate retailers near your area through GPS. You can then complete purchases using this mobile cash register app. Retailers who’ve embraced mobile payments can accept credit card payments using a card reader attached onto their mobile device. Square supports Visa, American Express, MasterCard and Discover credit cards and charges only 2.75% of the entire purchase as service fee.
- Droid Scan Pro
The Droid Scan Pro can be installed on your Android device for a reasonable $7.75. It allows you to scan documents using your gadget’s camera and automatically converts images into PDF files. Images captured via Droid Scan Pro can be enhanced in-app and sent using other Google services like Gmail and Google Drive.
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