The iPad is a great tool for small businesses to take notes, create spreadsheets, word documents, charge clients, and more. Many businesses have already made the smart choice to move over to iOS, from platforms like RIM’s Blackberry. Even the US. Air Force chose the iPad for its pilots.

Today, The Business Journal has posted a study showing that iPad usage has almost quadrupled among small businesses. From 2010 to 2011, iPad use in small businesses quadrupled…

In 2010, 9% of small businesses were using the iPad in their day-to-day operations. In 2011, it jumped to 34% of small businesses.

As The Business Journal outlines, the iPad is a crucial tool for gaining key information about products, customers, and more — at a moment’s notice.

“Our research has shown that for SMB owners, productivity and efficiency, which used to be the central benefits of technology, are now declining in importance compared to accessibility. Now, it’s crucial that business owners have access to their business information and data, anytime and anywhere. The iPad, as well as smartphones and cloud computing, are all part of this new trend and are experiencing significant growth as a result of that need.”

The iPad has also risen substantially outside of the business market. For regular consumers, the iPad is a must have. Cupertino-based Apple’s iPad is currently the top tablet worldwide, selling a whopping 15 million units last quarter. Apple could also break through its 100 millionth unit sold this year. With the iPad 3 launching this month, the iPad’s marketshare will continue to rise at a steady rate.

The study was across 1,400 business owners that have five to 499 people under their employment. It found 34 percent of iPad business users as “tech-savvy and financially successful.”

Apple’s iPad continues to be a crucial tool in many people’s lives. Businesses have finally decided to give up the cash to add the iPad to their arsenal and more will continue to do so this year.

What do you think of the iPad being used in small businesses?

[9to5mac]