Tuesday, August 12, 2014 by
Remember, as a kid, how exciting the days were just before the
start of a new school year?
- Shopping for school supplies and clothes
- Planning extra-curricular activities like sports or music
- Starting the year with a clean slate
- Reconnecting with classmates
As the summer comes to an end and new school year begins, many
of us reflect on the transitional period from summer to school. Why
was it so exciting for us? For some it was maybe
a little scary, but the few weeks before school were... Read More »
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 by
Mike Pugh, Vice President of Marketing,
The late historian John Hope Franklin, PhD always looked forward
to weekends because “to me Friday means I can work for the next two
days uninterrupted.” Now there’s a guy who needed a hobby.
All joking aside, you can probably relate to this sentiment. As
a driven, successful small-business professional, you have almost
certainly woven your work into all areas of your life. And, really,
what choice have you had? In today’s always-connected... Read More »
Tuesday, January 7, 2014 by
anyone on the street what the acronym “LAN” stands for and you’ll
get blank stares in return. (Trust me: I just tried this on my
lunch break recently. It wasn’t pretty.) Ask them to give you
details about the local area network in their office and their
response will be equally, well . . . lackluster.
Most people apparently give as much thought to the
configuration of their office technology as they do to the junk
NASA left on the moon nearly fifty years ago. In other words —
not at all. As... Read More »
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 by
any movie from the 1980s that deals with work (9 to 5, Working
Girl, Wall Street, Trading Places, the list goes on) and
you’ll see bustling offices filled with enormous computers, copy
and fax machines the size of small cars, and workers held
hostage at their desks by their hardwired phones. Look closely and
you’ll see glimpses of devices we now take for granted —
though back then that wondrous invention known as a cellular phone
was the size and heft of a small paving stone.
Cut to today... Read More »
Friday, April 25, 2014 by
Small business professionals: Ready for a fun challenge? We’re
guessing yes, because as a successful entrepreneur, you enjoy
tackling new challenges. We call it the Save-the-Planet game. When
you play it, not only will you help the environment, but you can
also save money and even improve your business reputation with your
The game works like this. The following are ideas for making
your business more environmentally friendly. As you implement each
idea, you’re ready to move a step... Read More »
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 by
Why don’t you just send it over on a dinosaur?”
— The Michael Scott character on NBC’s
You’re a modern small-business
professional so you always make sure you have your smart phone,
Wi-Fi-enabled tablet, cloud storage for mobile access to your
files, and fax machine. Really?
Faxing is an old technology,
yes, but that doesn’t mean you’re tied to a fax machine.
The good news:
You can easily and affordably send
and receive faxes without the fax machine itself. In fact, in
addition to... Read More »
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by
Earth Day is coming up on April
22 and it’s a great reminder for small businesses! Why you ask?
Because “going green” perfectly aligns with your business goals to
save money, remove clutter and improve your processes. And,
we’re sharing five ideas for creating a more environmentally
1. Choose post-consumer
recycled content like paper.
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- Every ton of 100% post-consumer recycled paper used will save
- Recycling aluminum and steel can save 75% of the energy...
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 by
the year of the Millennial entrepreneur?
According to a new Entrepreneur.com article,
it just might be.
In a byline published today titled "Why
Millennials Should Become Entrepreneurs Now," j2 Global's Vice
President of Marketing Mike Pugh makes a strong case for 2014 being
the year that millennials -- those aged 18 to 29 -- shift the
epicenter of today's workforce from that of a
9 to 5 mentality to one of a "...work anytime, anywhere, on my own
What's influencing this... Read More »
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 by
we understand how mobile devices like tablets can make a sales
professional more productive and successful. Armed with a tablet, a
salesperson can research on the go, write emails to prospects from
anywhere and even attend virtual video conferences from a vacation
But when it comes to the real work — like drafting a sales
proposal, giving a presentation or even signing a business contract
— we still tend to think that only a “real computer” can handle
these tasks. But that’s no... Read More »
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 by
perfectly logical assumption. It seems we see another news headline
every week about cyber criminals hacking the computer networks of a
large, global enterprise — a major bank, for example, or one of the
big online retailers. Sometimes even a government agency.
But we rarely worry that hackers or cyber thieves are also
interested in targeting small businesses that get dwarfed in size —
and revenue — by the Wal Marts of the world. Don’t make that
When LinkedIn gets hacked, it... Read More »
Thursday, October 10, 2013 by
Real estate agents: Current stats on US real estate trends
indicate that your business is in for a dose of good luck. Two
doses, actually, if you’re tech-savvy.
As you’re no doubt aware, US housing is enjoying a mini-surge.
new-construction report shows August’s single-family housing
starts were up 7% over those in the previous month.
But what you might not have heard is exactly who these new
entrants into the market are. They’re young people. A recent
generational housing trends... Read More »
Tuesday, October 8, 2013 by
A client needs you to fax a critical document, pronto. Or they ask
for your fax number, so they can fax a proposed contract change to
you right away.
Your first thought might be: “Fax??? Really??? Is my client
stuck in the 90s??"
(The truth? Even in 2013 -- the age of email and texting,
fax remains as one of the most reliable, commonly used and
trusted ways to send and receive critical business documents.
Especially in the real estate, legal, manufacturing, finance and
healthcare... Read More »
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 by
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 ... Read More »
Friday, March 15, 2013 by
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
The eFax service enables you to send and receive official
documents... Read More »
Monday, January 14, 2013 by
Entrepreneurs used to view cloud storage as a means to back up
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... Read More »
Friday, January 4, 2013 by
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
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... Read More »
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 by
financial industry has experienced several major technology shifts
in the last few years.
From the explosive growth of mobile applications to the sea
change in cloud computing, the tools of the trade continue to adapt
to finance professionals' need to keep up with the times. Much of
the technology shift to the cloud is being driven by the need for
One example of this shift is the transition to online fax as
opposed to utilizing traditional fax machines to transmit... Read More »
Tuesday, December 11, 2012 by
produce and process more paperwork than just about any other
profession. From consent forms to depositions and legal rulings,
lawyers typcially are buried in documents, many of which require
Transferring these hand-signed documents -- securely -- has
traditionally fallen to two methods: Fax, or overnight deliver (ie
FedEx). Landline-based faxing is still used today, ago, but does
little to reduce the pileup of paper in the office, or facilitate
the trend in the growth... Read More »
Thursday, December 6, 2012 by
businessman or woman travels to a variety of locations, none of
which are likely to have the same technology.
In the past, those traveling for business
required a computer terminal, landline phone, copier and
fax machine, which meant
that work had to always be accomplished from an
But today's marketplace is quite
different:-it's about efficiency and recognizing the diverse needs
of clients, whether they are small families or high-tech data
service providers. Apps can help... Read More »
Tuesday, November 13, 2012 by
Developing a good reputation is essential to long term success
for any business. That said, respect is what drives a good
reputation, and Inc. Magazine has guidelines for developing
The magazine's guideposts for engendering respect from clients
and colleagues are authenticity, curiosity, discretion and
uniqueness. Companies must use these traits to help others achieve
As HappinessInThisWorld.com puts it, a good reputation is one of
our most precious assets, but it takes time,... Read More »