Employees of firms with staffs of fewer than 500 workers are increasingly reliant on mobile tools to do business outside the office, according to a survey of about 2,200 small-business owners and executives. The trend is being driven by a mass adoption of wireless technologies, as 71% of professionals at small and medium-sized companies said that their employees rely on mobile technologies to work remotely, while 59% said mobility is a critical component of their business model. Officials at firms that rely heavily on a mobile workforce reported average sales for 2010 that were almost double those of nonmobile companies.

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