If you’re a small business owner, do you allow your employees to use their own devices? If not, you’re missing out on a number of benefits that a BYOD can give your company. BYOD (bring your own device) is a growing trend in the business world as smartphones and tablet sales continue to rise. In fact, 83 percent of all businesses allow their employees to bring their own devices to work. While there are challenges and risks involved in allowing BYOD in your office, the opportunities typically outweigh them. Here are just four reasons SMBs should BYOD:

With BYOD, your employees have access to their work when they leave work. Studies have found by having access to office communication from a mobile device, employees save a minimum of 30 minutes per day. Whether working at home or out meeting with clients, employees will have the same capabilities as if they were in the office.

BYOD programs give your business newly found mobility and flexibility. Employees now have the freedom to use their device personal device, as well as the option to work from home. Flexibility not only keeps your own employees happy, but makes your business more appealing to potential ones.

A huge benefit of BYOD is the cost savings. Between the cost of the devices and a monthly plan for each employee, you’ll be saving a good amount of money through BYOD. One study found that mobile apps can help SMBs save an average of $377 every month. In addition, you’ll also be saving time from set up, training and repairs.

The biggest concern for most businesses when it comes to BYOD is security. However, a BYOD program can be easily secured through the right software and a qualified IT staff. There are even applications that employees can download to help prevent viruses and malware on their personal devices. And since there aren’t that many employees in a small business, monitoring and controlling the amount of work on a personal device is not difficult.

To create a secure BYOD program, contact a representative at Stratosphere Networks. We’re experts in BYOD solutions and mobile device management and we’ll work with your business to create a personalized plan that will work best for your business and employees.