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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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            Published on November 8, 2018

            How to Answer the Tough Question: What are Your Salary Requirements?

            How to Answer the Tough Question: What are Your Salary Requirements?

            After a few months of hard work and dozens of phone calls later, you finally land a job opportunity.

            But then, you’re asked about your salary requirements and your mind goes blank. So, you offer a lower salary believing this will increase your odds at getting hired.

            Unfortunately, this is the wrong approach.

            Your salary requirements can make or break your odds at getting hired. But only if you’re not prepared.

            Ask for a salary too high with no room for negotiation and your potential employer will not be able to afford you. Aim too low and employers will perceive as you offering low value. The trick is to aim as high as possible while keeping both parties feel happy.

            Of course, you can’t command a high price without bringing value.

            The good news is that learning how to be a high-value employee is possible. You have to work on the right tasks to grow in the right areas. Here are a few tactics to negotiate your salary requirements with confidence.

            1. Hack time to accomplish more than most

            Do you want to get paid well for your hard work? Of course you do. I hate to break it to you, but so do most people.

            With so much competition, this won’t be an easy task to achieve. That’s why you need to become a pro at time management.

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            Do you know how much free time you have? Not the free time during your lunch break or after you’ve finished working at your day job. Rather, the free time when you’re looking at your phone or watching your favorite TV show.

            Data from 2017 shows that Americans spend roughly 3 hours watching TV. This is time poorly spent if you’re not happy with your current lifestyle. Instead, focus on working on your goals whenever you have free time.

            For example, if your commute to/from work is 1 hour, listen to an educational Podcast. If your lunch break is 30 minutes, read for 10 to 15 minutes. And if you have a busy life with only 30–60 minutes to spare after work, use this time to work on your personal goals.

            Create a morning routine that will set you up for success every day. Start waking up 1 to 2 hours earlier to have more time to work on your most important tasks. Use tools like ATracker to break down which activities you’re spending the most time in.

            It won’t be easy to analyze your entire day, so set boundaries. For example, if you have 4 hours of free time each day, spend at least 2 of these hours working on important tasks.

            2. Set your own boundaries

            Having a successful career isn’t always about the money. According to Gallup, about 70% of employees aren’t satisfied with their current jobs.[1]

            Earning more money isn’t a bad thing, but choosing a higher salary over the traits that are the most important to you is. For example, if you enjoy spending time with your family, reject job offers requiring a lot of travel.

            Here are some important traits to consider:

            • Work and life balance – The last thing you’d want is a job that forces you to work 60+ hours each week. Unless this is the type of environment you’d want. Understand how your potential employer emphasizes work/life balance.
            • Self-development opportunities – Having the option to grow within your company is important. Once you learn how to do your tasks well, you’ll start becoming less engaged. Choose a company that encourages employee growth.
            • Company culture – The stereotypical cubicle job where one feels miserable doesn’t have to be your fate. Not all companies are equal in culture. Take, for example, Google, who invests heavily in keeping their employees happy.[2]

            These are some of the most important traits to look for in a company, but there are others. Make it your mission to rank which traits are important to you. This way you’ll stop applying to the wrong companies and stay focused on what matters to you more.

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            3. Continuously invest in yourself

            Investing in yourself is the best investment you can make. Cliche I know, but true nonetheless.

            You’ll grow as a person and gain confidence with the value you’ll be able to bring to others. Investing in yourself doesn’t have to be expensive. For example, you can read books to expand your knowledge in different fields.

            Don’t get stuck into the habit of reading without a purpose. Instead, choose books that will help you expand in a field you’re looking to grow. At the same time, don’t limit yourself to reading books in one subject–create a healthy balance.

            Podcasts are also a great medium to learn new subjects from experts in different fields. The best part is they’re free and you can consume them on your commute to/from work.

            Paid education makes sense if you have little to no debt. If you decide to go back to school, be sure to apply for scholarships and grants to have the least amount of debt. Regardless of which route you take to make it a habit to grow every day.

            It won’t be easy, but this will work to your advantage. Most people won’t spend most of their free time investing in themselves. This will allow you to grow faster than most, and stand out from your competition.

            4. Document the value you bring

            Resumes are a common way companies filter employees through the hiring process. Here’s the big secret: It’s not the only way you can showcase your skills.

            To request for a higher salary than most, you have to do what most are unwilling to do. Since you’re already investing in yourself, make it a habit to showcase your skills online.

            A great way to do this is to create your own website. Pick your first and last name as your domain name. If this domain is already taken, get creative and choose one that makes sense.

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            Here are some ideas:

            • joesmith.com
            • joeasmith.com
            • joesmithprojects.com

            Nowadays, building a website is easy. Once you have your website setup, begin producing content. For example, if you a developer you can post the applications you’re building.

            During your interviews, you’ll have an online reference to showcase your accomplishments. You can use your accomplishments to justify your salary requirements. Since most people don’t do this, you’ll have a higher chance of employers accepting your offer

            5. Hide your salary requirements

            Avoid giving you salary requirements early in the interview process.

            But if you get asked early, deflect this question in a non-defensive manner. Explain to the employer that you’d like to understand your role better first. They’ll most likely agree with you; but if they don’t, give them a range.

            The truth is great employers are more concerned about your skills and the value you bring to the company. They understand that a great employee is an investment, able to earn them more than their salary.

            Remember that a job interview isn’t only for the employer, it’s also for you. If the employer is more interested in your salary requirements, this may not be a good sign. Use this question to gauge if the company you’re interviewing is worth working for.

            6. Do just enough research

            Research average salary compensation in your industry, then wing it.

            Use tools like Glassdoor to research the average salary compensation for your industry. Then leverage LinkedIn’s company data that’s provided with its Pro membership. You can view a company’s employee growth and the total number of job openings.

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            Use this information to make informed decisions when deciding on your salary requirements. But don’t limit yourself to the average salary range. Companies will usually pay you more for the value you have.

            Big companies will often pay more than smaller ones.[3] Whatever your desired salary amount is, always ask for a higher amount. Employers will often reject your initial offer. In fact, offer a salary range that’ll give you and your employer enough room to negotiate.

            7. Get compensated by your value

            Asking for the salary you deserve is an art. On one end, you have to constantly invest in yourself to offer massive value. But this isn’t enough. You also have to become a great negotiator.

            Imagine requesting a high salary and because you bring a lot of value, employers are willing to pay you this. Wouldn’t this be amazing?

            Most settle for average because they’re not confident with what they have to offer. Most don’t invest in themselves because they’re not dedicated enough. But not you.

            You know you deserve to get paid well, and you’re willing to put in the work. Yet, you won’t sacrifice your most important values over a higher salary.

            The bottom line

            You’ve got what it takes to succeed in your career. Invest in yourself, learn how to negotiate, and do research. The next time you’re asked about your salary requirements, you won’t fumble.

            You’ll showcase your skills with confidence and get the salary you deserve. What’s holding you back now?

            Featured photo credit: LinkedIn Sales Navigator via unsplash.com

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