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5 iPad Alternatives For The Creative Entrepreneur On A Budget

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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            How to Use Credit Cards While Staying Out of Debt

            How to Use Credit Cards While Staying Out of Debt

            Many people will suggest that the best thing to do with your credit cards during these tough economic times is to cut them up with a pair of scissors. Indeed, if you are already in huge debt, you probably should stop using them and begin a payback strategy immediately. However, if you are not currently in trouble with your credit cards, there are wise ways to use them.

            I happen to really love my credit cards so I will share with you my approach to how I use mine without getting into deep financial trouble.

            Ever since about 1983 when I got my first Visa card, I continue to charge as many of my purchases as possible on credit. Everything from gas, groceries and monthly payments for services like my cable and home security monitoring are charged on credit. Despite my heavy usage, I have maintained the joy of never paying any interest fees at all on any of my credit cards.

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            Here are some tips on how best to use your credit cards without falling into the trap of paying those nasty double-digit interest fees.

            Do Not Treat Credit Cards as Your Funding Sources

            Too many people treat their credit cards as funding sources for major purchases. Do not do this if you want to stay out of trouble. I use my credit cards as convenient financial instruments so I do not have to carry around much cash. In fact, I hate carrying cash, especially coins. When you buy things on credit, the purchases are clean and you will not get annoying coins back as change.

            I do not rely on my Visa, MasterCard or American Express to fund any of my purchases, large or small. This brings me to my golden rule when it comes to whether I will pull out any of my credit cards either at a retail or online store.

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            I never purchase anything with my credit cards if I do not have the actual cash on hand in my bank account.

            If I really cannot pay for the item or service with cash that I already have at the bank, then I simply will not make the purchase. Remember, my credit cards are not used as funding sources. They are just convenient alternatives to actual cash in my pocket.

            Make Sure to Always Pay Off Balances in Full Each Month

            The next very important part of my overall strategy is to make absolutely sure that I pay the balances in full each and every month no matter how large they are. This should never be a problem if the cash has been budgeted for my purchases and secured in the bank. I have always paid my full balances each month ever since my very first credit card and this is why I never pay interest charges.

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            Using Credit Cards with Rewards

            Most of my credit cards are of the “no annual fees” type, including one MasterCard on a separate account I keep at home as a spare in case I lose my wallet or incur any fraudulent charges. However, I do use a main Visa card which does have an annual fee because all purchases on that card reward me with airline frequent flyer points. For me, the annual fee is worth it since I do travel and I get enough points to redeem many free flights.

            You have to decide for yourself if you will charge enough purchases on credit each year without paying interest charges to warrant a credit card that rewards you with airline points (or other rewards). In my case, the answer is “yes” but that might not be the case for you.

            I occasionally use a MasterCard or American Express card on small purchases just to keep those accounts active. Also, I have been to the odd retailer that accepted only a certain type of credit card, so I find that having one from each major company is quite handy. Aside from my main Visa card which earns the airline points, the rest of my cards are of the “no annual fees” variety.

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            So this is how I use my credit cards without getting into any financial trouble with them. This strategy is recommended only if you are not in debt, of course. In fact, it is worth keeping in mind once you’re out of debt so that you can keep your credit cards active and treat them responsibly.

            What are your credit card usage strategies? Let me know in the comments — I’d love to hear what methods you use.

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