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Forming your business correctly is essential to ensure you are protected and you comply with the rules. Learn how to set up your business.

It is likely you will need funding to start your business unless you have your own money. Discover some of the main sources of start up funding.

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Some businesses need a high street location whilst others can be run from home. Understand the key factors from cost to location, size to security.

Your employees can your biggest asset. They can also be your biggest challenge. We explain how to recruitment and manage staff successfully.

It is likely your business could not function without some form of IT. Learn how to specify, buy, maintain and secure your business IT.

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Five essential things to look for in a business tablet

From conference rooms to conventions to customer sites, tablets are everywhere in business these days. Is it time for you to jump on board? If you want to be productive wherever you go, the answer is a definite "yes"

Thin, light, and powerful, today's tablets for business can replace clunky laptops and can help you get more done whether you're typing on a keyboard or drawing on the screen.

If you're going to rely on a tablet for work on a regular basis, it pays to shop around beforehand to find the best business tablets. Most are designed for consumer use, and may lack features and capabilities that could benefit your business.

Here are a few things to look for when choosing a business tablet that will truly accelerate your success.

Will it run your business applications?

If you're just looking to do email and basic tasks, most tablets can handle your needs. However, if you really want to get work done on the go - especially if you're looking to replace your laptop - you'll want a business tablet that can run the applications you rely on every day. Otherwise you'll find yourself switching back and forth between devices, or you'll be away from the office without the capabilities you need.

Does it have enough power?

The whole point of a tablet is to free you from the wall outlet, so make sure the battery life is rated for at least eight hours or more based on the tasks you're likely to perform. You'll want to be able to get through a whole workday, plane trip or collaboration session without plugging in.

Can it keep your information safe?

Tablets are easy to take with you - which means it's also possible to misplace them. If that happens, you want to make it hard for any unauthorised users to access your valuable business applications and data. At the same time, you don't want to waste a lot of time signing in when you want to get to work. Consider biometric options such as facial recognition for a great balance of convenience and security.

How easy is it to manage?

Giving your employees tablets can be a productivity dream, but if you're not careful, it can become a management nightmare. Multiple operating systems and proprietary administrative tools add complexity. Ideally, you should be able to manage business tablets using the same solution you apply to laptops, desktops and other IT resources.

Is it comfortable and convenient to use in a variety of settings?

For a laptop replacement, the keyboard is critical. You'll want a device you can comfortably type on for hours at a time. If you like to draw or take notes using digital ink, look at your options for a stylus. Advanced stylus technology can give you the same ease of expression as pen and paper with the benefits of digital saving and sharing.

Want to shorten your search for the perfect small business tablet? You can find the right Windows 10 device to run your business on the Microsoft site.

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