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5 iPad Alternatives For The Creative Entrepreneur On A Budget

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5 iPad Alternatives For The Creative Entrepreneur On A Budget

There are so many reasons why Apple’s iPad is one of the best choices for anyone who is interested in an effective gadget for work. For the creative entrepreneur, it is a great way to create or edit webpages, there are an abundance of apps that can simplify your life (and it seems as if more and more apps are being released on iOS first), it’s a great productive tool for your business, and as if these aren’t reason enough, it is just plain fun to use!

Not everyone, however, has the budget for an iPad, nor is it always a great fit for everyone. Your business needs may be different from someone else’s, which means that even if you can afford to start with an iPad, it may not be for you. If you are looking for alternatives or simply want to try something new, one of these 5 may be for you.

Alcatel OneTouch Xess

5 Ipad Alternatives For Creative Entrepreneurs

    I live for gadgets that allow me to multitask. It is a must for me because I juggle multiple duties throughout the day, from my freelance work to social media, my own growing community, and my little ones. That is precisely why I love the Alcatel Xess tablet. The 17.3-inch device is more reminiscent of an all-in-one than a tablet, but it offers flexibility with a stand that is easily maneuverable.

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    I can move fluidly from managing my social media accounts to putting on a show for the girls to watch while I get lunch ready with very little effort. Although it is larger than its counterparts, I love having a larger screen with the ability to pick up and to move from one room to the next easily.

    At $499, it is $100 less than the smaller iPad pro, and $200 less than the larger one.

    Microsoft Surface 3

    5 Ipad Alternatives For Creative Entrepreneurs

      Why did I go with the Microsoft Surface 3 rather than the 4 Pro? Because having the newest model is not always necessary, especially when you are working on a budget.

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      These Microsoft tablets are top of the line for productivity, with the option of transforming your tablet into a small laptop. The keyboard allows you to work a lot faster, and with the surface pen and several ports, it is made for a busy entrepreneur on the go. A great tool for multitasking, the Surface comes with a full version of Windows 10.

      There are also more options to customize the device, which starts at $799 for the base Surface Pro 3 model and $499 for the base Surface 3 model.

      Samsung Galaxy S2

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        With the smaller model starting as $399, the Samsung Galaxy X2 is affordable, with options to expand your device to fit your lifestyle and business needs. From a USB converter to using a microSD card, you can also expand your storage. Get the entire Microsoft Office App suite in order to use your favorite business tools on the go.

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        The Samsung Galaxy S2 tablet is great for anyone who wants the performance and quality of an iPad Air 2, but on the Android ecosystem.

        Dell Venue Pro 8

        5 Ipad Alternatives For Creative Entrepreneurs

          Perfect for the creative entrepreneur on a strict budget, the Dell Pro 8 Pro 3000 series is currently available on Amazon for $149.00. With the trusted dependability of Dell, the Venue Pro is for the entrepreneur who needs quick access and simplicity. Get access to the full Windows suite in a compact device without the bulk and size, along with a quad-core intel processor. With options to pair your device with a bluetooth keyboard and mouse, or expand your storage with an SD card, this device offers flexibility at an affordable price.

          For a larger option, check out the Pro-10.

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          Asus Transformer Book Flip 2-in-1

          5 Ipad Alternatives For Creative Entrepreneurs

            For $349, you can own the Asus equivalent of the Microsoft Surface Pro. The Asus Transformer has many models, but the versatility of the Flip captivated me instantly. Smaller than a sheet of A4 Paper and feather light, it is the perfect tool to take along with me as I juggle motherhood and business. It can slip easily into the side of a diaper bag or take very little space in a packed bag. It looks amazing and is power-packed with goodies, including an 8-hour battery life, 46% larger touchpad, a Windows 10 experience and a Quad Core or Dual Core Processor.

            Featured photo credit: Kārlis Dambrāns via flickr.com

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            33 Painless Ways to Save Money Now

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            In a difficult economy, most of us are looking for ways to put more money in our pockets, but we don’t want to feel like misers. We don’t want to drastically alter our lifestyles either. We want it fast and we want it easy. Small savings can add up and big savings can feel like winning the lottery, just without all of the taxes.

            Some easy ways to save money:

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            1. Online rebate sites. Many online sites offer cash back rebates and online coupons as well. MrRebates and Ebates are two I like, but there are many others.
            2. Sign up for customer rewards. Many of your favorite stores offer customer rewards on products you already buy. Take advantage.
            3. Switch to compact fluorescent bulbs. The extra cost up front is worth the energy savings later on.
            4. Turn off power strips and electronic devices when not in use.
            5. Buy a programmable thermostat. Set it to lower the heat or raise the AC when you’re not home.
            6. Make coffee at home. Those lattes and caramel macchiatos add up to quite a bit of dough over the year.
            7. Switch banks. Shop around for better interest rates, lower fees and better customer perks. Don’t forget to look for free online banking and ease of depositing and withdrawing money.
            8. Clip coupons: Saving a couple dollars here and there can start to add up. As long as you’re going to buy the products anyway, why not save money?
            9. Pack your lunch. Bring your lunch to work with you a few days a week, rather than buy it.
            10. Eat at home. We’re busier than ever, but cooking meals at home is healthier and much cheaper than take-out or going out. Plus, with all of the freezer and pre-made options, it’s almost as fast as drive-thru.
            11. Have leftovers night. Save your leftovers from a few meals and have a “leftover dinner.” It’s a free meal!
            12. Buy store brands: Many generic or store brands are actually just as good as name brands and considerably cheaper.
            13. Ditch bottled water. Drink tap water if it’s good quality, buy a filter if it’s not. Get 
                a reusable water bottle and refill it.
              • Avoid vending machines: The items are usually over-priced.
              • Take in a matinee. Afternoon movie showings are cheaper than evening times.
              • Re-examine your cable bill. Cancel extra cable or satellite channels you don’t watch. Watch the “on demand” movie purchases too.
              • Use online bill pay. Most banks offer free online bill paying. Save on stamps and checks, and avoid late fees by automating bill payment.
              • Buy frequently used items in bulk. You get a lower per item price and eliminate extra trips to the store later on.
              • Fully utilize the library. Borrowing books is much cheaper than buying them, but in addition to books, most local libraries now lend movies and games.
              • Cancel magazine/newspaper subscriptions: Re-evaluate your subscriptions. Cancel those you don’t read and consider reading some of the other publications online.
              • Get rid of your land-line. Do you really need a land-line anymore if everyone in the family has a cell phone? Alternatively, look into using VOIP or getting a cheaper plan.
              • Better fuel efficiency. Check the air pressure in your tires, keep up with proper auto maintenance, and slow down. Driving even 5MPH slower will result in better fuel mileage.
              • Increase your deductibles. Increasing the insurance deductibles on your homeowners and auto insurance policies lowers premiums significantly. Just make sure you choose a deductible that you can afford should an emergency happen.
              • Choose lunch over dinner. If you do want to dine out occasionally, go at lunchtime rather than dinnertime. Lunch prices are usually cheaper.
              • Buy used:  Whether it’s something small like a vintage dress or a video game or something big like a car or furniture, consider buying it used. You can often get “nearly new” for a fraction of the cost.
              • Stick to the list. Make a list before you go shopping and don’t buy anything that’s not on the list unless it’s a once in a lifetime, killer deal.
              • Tame the impulse. Use a self-enforced waiting period whenever you’re tempted to make an unplanned purchase. Wait for a week and see if you still want the item.
              • Don’t be afraid to ask. Ask to have fees waived, ask for a discount, ask for a lower interest rate on your credit card.
              • Repair rather than replace. You can find directions on how to fix almost anything on the internet. Do your homework, and then bring out your inner handyman.
              • Trade with your neighbors. Borrow tools or equipment that you use infrequently and swap things like babysitting with your neighbors.
              • Swap online. Use sites like PaperBack Swap to trade books, music, and movies with others online. Also, look for local community sites like Freecycle where people give away items they no longer need.
              • Cut back on the meat. Try eating a one or two meatless meals every week or cut back on the meat portions. Meat is usually the most expensive part of the meal.
              • Comparison shop: Get in the habit of checking prices before you buy. See if you can get a better price at another store or look online.

              Remember that saving money is not about being cheap or stingy; it’s about putting money into your bank account rather than giving it to someone else. There are many ways to save money, some you’ve never thought of, and some that won’t appeal or apply to you. Just pick a few of the ideas that sound doable and watch the savings add up. Save big, save small, but save wherever you can.

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