3 gadgets every small business owners should have

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Hello friends, look at your gadgets, now look at mine, now look at your gadgets, now back at mine.

Sadly, your gadgets aren’t mine.

If you use gadgets like mine, you could be like me.

But you don’t need to be like me. Be YOU. You’re perfect the way you are.

Wait, don’t click ‘X’! Continue to read this post and I’ll tell you the 3 perfect gadgets I think every small business owners should have.

1. Smart phone

These days, a smart phone is a ‘MUST HAVE’ for all small business owners. Whether you’re a retailer, a fashionista, an online entrepreneur, a social media expert, or any small business owner, smart phones are how you keep yourself connected at the very least.

That being said, sometimes even that little gadget is enough to let you run your business.

My trusty iPhone is literally beside me 24/7. I never leave home without it and I can’t imagine a day without it.

All my emails, contacts, notes (using evernote), and social media apps are only a few seconds away. This allows me to connect with my clients, friends, and the rest of the world.

I even used my iPhone as a scanner when I need to send documents or notes.

I’ll be lost without it. Whether you pick an iPhone, a Blackberry, or a Samsung, make sure you pick a smart phone. It’s a MUST.

2. Portable Computer

If you asked me last year to pick a portable computer of my choice, I might have said an iPad as I found it to be really portable. I actually bought one after seeing how everyone was using it at conferences.

Although I mentioned that you could carry out your business from your smart phone, you probably could use a bigger screen and probably a keyboard too for some serious business. Which is why I chose to use a portable computer rather than an iPad.

Since I travel often, my pick would be my Toshiba Portege Z830 Ultrabook. The 13.3” Ultrabook also comes with a 1.3 megapixel webcam just in case you need to have a conference meeting.

People are picky when it comes to their computers; many of us don’t want to worry about carrying their heavy laptops around (watch the video above).

This is why my pick is the Toshiba Portege Z830 Ultrabook which weighs roughly 1.12kg. That’s lighter than a bowl of rice!

It is the best at offering the portability of a hand-held device because it is VERY light. Combine that with the awesome Intel Core i7 processor and you really get the best of power and portability.

The Ultrabook is also business ready as it comes with it’s generous serving of THREE USB ports, VGA ports, HDMI port, ethernet port, SD card slots, Headphone and microphone jack and 8 hours of battery usage which allows business owners like me to maximize its versatility.

A computer is a necessity for every small business owners. So why don’t we get one that is convenient for us.

3. Kindle

What if you could have hundreds of books right in your hands without worrying how much it weights.  The kindle is my pick for a perfect companion when I want to relax and learn something new.

I know, I know, you love holding an actual book and the smell of the page when you flip. Trust me, I do too. Give the kindle a chance and I am sure you’ll LOVE it.

No, the Kindle is definitely not a replacement for real books. I still read REAL books, but if I was given the chance to bring a real book vs a kindle (with hundreds of books inside it), I might pick my kindle as it’s lighter and I could read it with one hand.

I understand that some of you might think that because the Kindle is less functional than other tablets, it might not be worth getting one.

Well, those are my favorite gadgets that fit the lifestyle of a small business owner. What are yours?

Oh!!… if you don’t know, I’m part of the Mark of Perfection – Toshiba Intel Ultrabook Challenge. Here is the video of the challenge.

This post is brought to you by Toshiba and Intel. Join the conversation on the Toshiba Portégé Z830 Ultrabook, Inspired by Intel at www.facebook.com/ToshibaNotebookPC

 

 

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  • http://www.facebook.com/harmanjits Harmanjit Singh

    Aaron, you are in good form. Cute video :)

  • Dan

    Great info!! Gotta get my hands on these!!

  • Alex

    You’re so lucky…. :-)

  • http://tech18.com/ Sunil Jain

    Hey buddy !!

    I’m using Android phone, so most of my reading and tweetings stuffs gets done there. But still I feel there’s a need for Kindle, so that I can read more books with a good environment. 

    Thanks for writing up :D
    Happy Blogging !!

  • http://askaaronlee.com Aaron Lee

    Aww thanks :D 

    We all are :D 

  • http://askaaronlee.com Aaron Lee

    Cool, which are you getting? 

  • http://askaaronlee.com Aaron Lee

    Thank you sir! 

  • http://askaaronlee.com Aaron Lee

    You’ll love it! trust me lol. Moreover its quite affordable too. 

    CheersAaron

  • http://www.zoealexanderuk.com/ Zoe Alexander

    Aaron, I suppose 1 out of 3 isn’t a complete failure?!  No seriously tho’ I agree I need to get a smart phone as I am lost without my pc when I’m our and about!  The Kindle would be a nice to have when I eventually get around to having some relaxation time! Not for a while I think given that I have only recently launched a new on-line maternity brand! Oh well! We can’t have it all straightaway! 

  • http://twitter.com/WhisperdScream Henno Gous

    Hey Aaron, any specific reason you chose the 13″ ultrabook? Purely for portability? I’m biased towards the more capable 15.6″ or even 17″ laptops, maybe because I do a great deal of design and development work.

    I’d say ideal would be a portable desktop replacement and then a tablet for the quick edits, social networking etc.

  • http://twitter.com/novascotiarasta Rasta

    1. Laptop, 2. Cell (“Not a smart phone” Forest Gum, Motorola user) 3. Flashdrive Keychain. *and everywhere*

  • http://twitter.com/novascotiarasta Rasta

     I have an older Toshiba with a bigger screen for the same reason. I watch my movies and non-labour intense stuff. It will surf, but isn’t able to handle all the new Addons and such efficiently. But a huge screen, and an awesome sound from 45 deg speakers.

  • http://askaaronlee.com Aaron Lee

    AHEM! :D 

  • http://askaaronlee.com Aaron Lee

    Yup! my main reason to get that was for its portability. I travel quite often so, having a 13″ is much easier to carry around. 

    For design and development I would say a 15.6″ or 17″ would be better. Ideally if i would choose, I would get an imac. 

    Thats just me, but 13″ is ideal for me. 

  • http://askaaronlee.com Aaron Lee

    Living the dream there buddy! 

  • http://askaaronlee.com Aaron Lee

    Congratulations on your new launch. Love to hear about it more. 

    Seeing that you just launch an online brand, a smart phone would be ideal for you as you’ll be able to catch up with emails and do more things on the go. 

  • Lex

    3 is that really sufficient? haha! or we might need lesser than that? anyway, portability is  the key for each entrepreneur shall have…

  • http://askaaronlee.com Aaron Lee

    You could get more of course. 

    You’re right. Portability is KEY 

  • Daniel teo

    The toshiba Ultrabook looks like a good buy. How much is it?

  • Hi

    1.12 kg and lighter than a bowl of rice? Wow that’s pretty impressive! Well I really hate carrying my heavy laptop around, especially when I’m out for a trip. With a light weight like this I think the Toshiba Portege Z830 Ultrabook fits perfectly in a tote bag, totally eliminates the use of the hideous laptop bag. Girls like carrying laptop and still look pretty haha! Lend me yours? Wanna test if it fits :P

  • Eddy

    That’s those gadgets every human should have with the most advanced technology. 

  • http://askaaronlee.com Aaron Lee

    Yeap! definitely Eddy

  • http://askaaronlee.com Aaron Lee

    That depends, Where are you at Daniel? 

  • http://askaaronlee.com Aaron Lee

    With this, you’ll be able to carry the world and you’ll look stunning at the same time too :D