The Type of Moment Every Entrepreneur Dreads

efax online fax solutionYou're an entrepreneur, and you’re having a good news/bad news type of day.

The good news: today's mail includes a check from one of your clients. The bad news? Along with that check is a letter from the client stating that from this point forward they require all vendors to switch to direct deposit for payment.

That's not a problem in and of itself; in fact, you actually prefer direct deposit. (The trip to the bank takes precious time from your workday and interrupts your flow.) The problem is...

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Top targets for wearable computer makers.

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Before he helped Nike launch wearable computer devices such as Nike FuelBand, product designer Steve Holmes led creation of the critically acclaimed Palm Pre smartphone and the mechanical design of the iconic Apple G4 Cube.

Today, as vice president of the New Devices Group at Intel, the UC Berkeley and Stanford University graduate is helping the computer chipmaker design new technologies for the burgeoning wearable computing market, which is expected to exceed...

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The Beatles, The Mustang and The Fax

The year was 1964. Across America, families were hitting the road in their brand new Rambler Classic Cross Country station wagon (see the picture to the left). The Beatles made their historic debut on the Ed Sullivan show. Ford Motors introduced the now classic Mustang for the first time.

The Dow Jones Industrial average closed at the end of the year at 874, and the average cost of a new house was $13,050.

And technology was advancing at a rapid pace: BASIC (an early computer language) was ...

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Survey Says: Business Owners Remain Optimistic

j2 Global, parent company of eFax, recently completed a survey of small business owners examining their thoughts about business optimisim and how that impacts their plans to take time off this year.

The good news? Business optimisim remains high across the board, up from 76% last year to 88% this year. Millennials are the most optimistic, but Boomers and Gen X'ers also rated high in the optimism category.

To learn more about how small business owners are feeling, and how they're working when...

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If You Work From Home, Are You an Oxymoron?

Most of us have experienced it at one time or another: That sheepish sense of guilt you get when you tell a colleague or co-worker that you'll be "working from home" for the day. "Enjoy!" they're likely to say before hanging up -- as if you'll be on vacation for the day.

Whether it's a cultural remnant from the 9 to 5 era, or a guilt complex heaped on by those in jobs with little (or no) flexibility in their work structure, the concept that one could actually be productive and (gasp!) more...

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j2 Global Mid Year SMB Report: Optimism is Up

j2 Global Mid Year SMB Survey InfographicToday, j2 Global released findings from it's annual Mid-Year Report Card Small Business Survey.

The bottom line? Optimism is up over last year -- 88% of small business professionals surveyed are feeling positive about their business this year, versus 76% last year.

See the infographic below for more survey highlights.

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Five Reasons to Adopt Online Fax

efax, online fax, fax to email, j2 global, small business faxPaper jams? Toner low? Ink empty? Busy signals?

These are the kinds of unwelcomed business operations hiccups that take up resources and slow down office productivity when relying on fax machines.

Contrary to what many may believe, faxing is not dead – it’s alive and evolving, according to a new article in Fortune magazine. Both large corporations and small business owners in industries such as in Accounting, Healthcare, Sales, Real Estate, Finance and Law still heavily rely on faxing as a...

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eFax Offers NFL Special After Elvis Dumervil Released by Broncos for Fax Blunder

The Denver Broncos announced today that the team has released pass rusher Elvis Dumervil because his agent failed to fax the signed contract before the 1:00 PM deadline.

The cost to Dumerville? $8 million!

A glitch in the fax machine used to send the paperwork was reported to be the cause. 

Based on this news, eFax has introduced a special offer for anyone who calls the 800 number listed below and mentions the offer code "NFL."

The eFax service enables you to send and receive official documents...

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IT professionals worry about mobile security

eFax Cyber SecurityCyber security is a growing concern for every business. As more establishments rely on technology for analytics and data storage, it's vital that companies protect sensitive documents and servers. Andrew Gilbert, executive vice president of Qualcomm's internet services division, told the Financial Times that mobile devices and productivity apps represent possible gaps in security measures.

"IT departments are very concerned about security and data protection," Gilbert said. "How do you protect...

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More options for financial advisors

eFax Financial AnalystPersonal financial advisors can often feel like they're buried in papers. With tax documents, income information and investment portfolios piling up all the time, it can sometimes be difficult to keep track of everything. This is a problem even in ideal situations, but when clients are busy, hard to reach or far away, it can make things especially unwieldy.

In instances like this, it is vital that a financial advisor is able to communicate with his or her clients in their preferred mode. For...

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Business travel expected to increase in 2013

 

eFax Business Travel is BoomingCloud services like internet faxing can keep employees connected over great distances. Digitally sharing documents may be even more important in 2013 because business travel is expected to increase.

The U.S. Travel Association recently estimated that the number of business trips will rise by nearly 1 percent in 2013. The association also forecasts even greater growth for 2014.

Companies must give their staffers the tools to stay connected when they're working remotely during trips. Cloud services...

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Even small businesses can benefit from cloud computing

 

Small businesses can benefit from cloud technologyEven as internet and tech giants battle for superiority in the cloud computing market, small and medium-sized businesses can take advantage of the services.

The technology is changing the way businesses operate and revolutionizing how companies store and back up important information, according to a Washington Post report by cloud computing researcher Erik Larson.

The cloud is also changing the way hardware and software is sold. Take cloud backup solutions, for example. Instead of purchasing...

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Mobile Apps and Cloud Services Empower Mortgage Brokers To Close Deals Anytime, Anywhere

As more Americans enter the housing market, buyers, sellers, realtors, and lenders are increasingly turning to mobile apps and the cloud to get deals done.  From faxing a loan document using a mobile app to managing calls and voicemails professionally using a virtual phone number, mortgage brokers are now, more than ever before, able to cut the cord to the office and still make the sale.

This trend is reflected in a November, 2012 Forrester Research report entitled “Multichannel Home Lending...

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More doctors using mobile devices

Time is of the essence when it comes to healthcare. Medical professionals are always looking for new strategies to streamline their basic responsibilities and improve overall efficiency.

Additionally, doctors regularly implement new technology to increase communication with other health care providers and patients. A new report has found that a growing number of physicians are turning to smartphones and tablets to connect with co-workers and clients.

Jackson & Coker, a healthcare staffing firm,...

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Online Fax Users Save On Expensive Ink

efax,online fax,j2 global,fax to emailAs the economy struggles to recover, small business owners have attempted to reduce overhead expenses and find budget-friendly solutions to everyday practices.

One of the most costly expenses is printer ink. Computerworld recently reported that ink can sometimes cost upward of $80 per ounce. Federico De Silva, an analyst from Gartner, told the news source that shoppers don't worry about new cartridges when shopping for printers.

"They are going for a $49 printer, but when they have to refill it...

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More Businesses Turning to the Cloud

Entrepreneurs used to view cloud storage as a means to back up important data.

In the event of an emergency, copied files were saved online so that they were accessible on different computers. Small business owners now use cloud services as alternatives to locally storing documents and downloading software.

The primary advantage of online storage is that businesses can sync files with multiple devices. Employees can access important paperwork from any gadget with network connectivity.

Staffers can...

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eFax 3.0 App for iOS Makes It Easier to Fax on the Go

Today, we introduced the newly updated iOS 3.0 app for the iPhone, iPad, iPad Mini and iPad Touch, making it even easier to fax on the go from an Apple device.

Latest features include:

  • AirPrint on the Go – Print faxes easily to AirPrint-enabled printers using WiFi.
  • Organize Contacts – Manage eFax contacts directly from the Home screen.
  • Squint Less – The updated eFax app takes advantage of the enhanced screen size for the larger iPhone 5 display and the new iPad Mini.
  • Send Any Document in Any Form –...
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Tablets and PCs - Not Necessarily Perfect Partners

Send faxes wirelessly from a tablet with eFaxMany businesses have been distributing tablets to their employees to encourage remote working programs.

A problem, however, lies in the fact that managers expect their staffers to be able to use the mobile devices exactly like desktops and laptops.

Ken Dulaney, an analyst at an IT research firm, recently told The Wall Street Journal that files don't always work on multiple platforms. "If you send someone files from their desktop infrastructure, there's no guarantee everything in those files will...

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Census Data Reveals Popularity of Working From Home

A recent report from the Census Bureau showed that 13.4 million Americans work from home at least once per week. The total number of remote workers accounts for 9.5 percent of the workforce.

The report's lead author, Peter Mateyka, said that the growth in popularity can be attributed to new tools that allow employees to complete their daily responsibilities without commuting to the office.

"As communications and information technologies advance, we are seeing that workers are increasingly able to...

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Cut the Cord to Your Fax Machine and Go Green

There is a growing global awareness about environmental threats and the need for businesses and consumers to embrace green business methods.

Many companies have been taking an active role when it comes to implementing recycling programs, energy-efficient equipment and green office outfitting.

However, organizations still using older technologies like fax machines may not be doing enough to focus efforts on being green. Internet faxing reduces consumption of paper and toner as well as electricity,...

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