Rid Your Office of Paper Mountains

Businesses that rely on faxing for can often feel buried in papers. Whether it's documents that require signatures, such as contracts or legal correspondence, or diagrams such as floor plans or building layouts, faxed communication can be an integral part of a company's standard operating practices.

Fax is essential in cases where a paper trail is a necessity, but that doesn't necesarily have to mean creating mountains of paper.

Not only can voluminous faxing be expensive if you utilize a...

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Agent MM: Finding the Top Real Estate Agent

A recent article by ABC News explained the importance of finding the right agent during a time where the housing market is unsteady. The article gave tips on what questions people should ask when looking for the right agent. Among the questions people should ask were:

  • How many clients the agent currently has.
  • Policy on communications and availability.
  • Relationships between the agent and title companies, home inspectors and lenders.

With these three questions, a common underlying topic is brought to...

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A New Class of Real Estate Professionals Emerges

As the housing slump begins to turn around, traditional real estate professionals are transforming their business into a modern, mobile business.

According to a Holdcom infographic, approximately 50% of agents and 47% of brokers invested $500 - $2000 on technology this year. The infographic explains that in order to keep up with competition, one must keep up with technology – this holds true with real estate professionals as well.

With pages and pages of hand-signed documents necessary in...

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File a Motion to Dismiss Inefficiency

According to a recent press release, days of traditional software and hardware are in the past. Data from the 2012 American Bar Association’s Legal Technology Resource Center revealed that 38 percent of lawyers have migrated to laptops as primary computers. With an app for almost everything, lawyers are beginning to adopt cloud software to manage tasks and communications wherever they may be.

Online services have begun to provide lawyers with professional capabilities they expect from...

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Two-thirds of physicians rely on faxing

According to a study by the Journal of Medical Internet Research, physicians are interrupted nearly five times an hour by phone calls, emails, and face-to-face interactions. The 2012 National Physicians Survey showed something that is unlikely to surprise many doctors - fax remains the dominant method of communicating with colleagues, patients, insurance companies and pharmacists. All told, 63 percent of healthcare providers rely heavily on the technology, according to MMRGlobal.

In fact, faxing i...
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Online Fax -- Helping energy auditors send documents and go green

With rising oil prices and increased fears of environmental damage, many Americans are taking measures to increase the energy efficiency of their homes.

From augmenting insulation and sealing windows to installing solar panels and updating furnaces, home improvement geared at greening homes is on the rise, according to Bloomberg.  

This has led to a growing segment of home energy auditors who visit homes to educate owners on tactics that can make their homes more energy efficient.  

Inspectors are...

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Fun Fax For Summer

Today is the first day of summer, and for camp directors and kids alike, that means summer camp is right around the corner.

As summer kicks into high gear over the next month, many children will begin attending summer camp. Whether this is their first time away from home or they've been attending for several years, getting a child to camp often requires a lot of paperwork -- hand-signed immunization forms, emergency contact information and other documents that must go back and forth in a timely...

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Mortgage Industry Professionals Adopt Cloud Services

There is a growing trend in business today away from hardware-based technologies such as PBX phone systems and fax machines to cloud services such as a virtual phone system and online fax. Also known as hosted services, cloud services for business can save companies money by eliminating the need to upgrade hardware devices and hire IT support to manage in-house systems.

The trend towards cloud services is especially evident in the real estate industry, where mobile professionals can reap huge...

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Is That a Fax Machine in Your Pocket?

Fax has come a long way since the days of a clunky, noisy fax machine sitting in the corner, plugged into a dedicated phone line and waiting for toner or paper to be added.

Fax is integral to transactional business today -- oftentimes, a scanned PDF sent via email is not allowed -- only a faxed, or original document (mailed, or hand-delivered)  is accepted. Today, with nothing more than a WiFi connection and a cell phone or iPad, you can send and/or receive a fax -- even signing it using your...

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Time. Is it on your side?

One of a small business owner's most valuable assets is also one of the most elusive: time.

The notion of time, and how we spend it, has been widely popularized, from books ("The 4-Hour Work Week") to music (The Beatles' "Eight Days a Week").

Perhaps time is such a popular subject because of the daily challenge we face in "managing" it. The concept of time management is also one that has been widely covered over the years.

There are lots of differing opinions, theories and techniques about time...

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Mortgage Providers Close Deals More Efficiently With Online Fax

New Harp 2.0 broad requirements for refinancing fixed rate loans is expected to drive an influx of new business for real estate professionals.

According to industry estimates, the mortgage industry, under the new Harp 2.0 law,  is anticipating as many as 6.9 million borrowers now being able to potentially qualify for new refinancing standards.

This is good news for mortgage brokers. The regulation change could lead to significant growth in new customers, bringing welcome relief to an industry that...

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Decision-makers must deploy mobile strategies to reduce risk

Despite the growing prevalence of mobile devices in the workplace, a large portion of businesses have failed to implement a mobile strategy.

According to a poll conducted by Software AG, around 60 percent of organizations don't have a company-wide mobile initiative, while only 22 percent have begun to research how they can implement these plans, ITworld reported.

Only 15 percent of respondents that admitted to having a mobile plan said it was a company-wide strategy. Meanwhile, 25 percent...

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Online fax tools are convenient during tax season

 

Tax season is in full swing, and both businesses and private citizens are looking to find ways to make the process smoother and more efficient. Using fax services that can directly send a fax from the internet to a premise-based machine will minimize the time spent managing unorganized paper documents and make the entire tax season much less stressful.

With an email to fax solution, decision-makers and homeowners can experience more freedom rather than being tied down to traditional paperwork...

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IT skills gaps hampering business operations, but not deterring innovation

A recent study by CompTIA found that the rapid evolution of technology has created IT skillset challenges for business owners that don't have time to keep up with technology advancements.

Small business owners -- those who often wear multiple hats, acting as business visionary, owner, IT support and marketing/sales specialist, to name a few -- are particularly susceptible to the challenges these rapid advances in technology create.

"Even as the importance of technology to business success...

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Hello World!

eFax Blog LaunchWelcome to the new eFax blog!

We're excited to be launching this new resource and hope you'll find it a valuable source of information and inspiration.

Over the coming weeks and months, we will be using this forum in a number of ways.

First, to address trends and topics that are important to small businesses today -- issues like the benefits of cloud computing and SaaS solutions; how and why new mobile technologies and apps are enabling business professionals to increasingly work from... Read More »
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