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, 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, February 11, 2014 by
we generally talk about the benefits of faxing, tech enthusiasts
might also appreciate that fax has a long history with the various
standards bodies that mandate how communication systems work. The
International Telecommunications Union (ITU), for example, has
published hundreds of standards for building and implementing fax
networks. Despite their name, adoption of these “standards” is not
mandatory; some fade without much practical implementation, while
others evolve and grow into well... Read More »
Tuesday, February 4, 2014 by
my first year of graduate school I was using the department copier
one day to make handouts for my class. While the machine
whirred off my pages, one of the professors came into the small
room where the copier was kept. I stumbled all over myself
to make space for him, pushing my things aside and nervously
telling him I would be done momentarily.
“It’s okay, lad,” he said to me in a heavy English accent.
“I don’t use the copier. I am here for this.”
He pointed to an antiquated ditto machine in... 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, 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 »
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 by
a busy professional, always on the go, and your smart phone has
become the lifeline of your business.
People mistakenly call yours a “home-based business,” but the
truth is that you’re always doing business, no matter where you are
— in the car, at the coffee place, while you’re shopping for
the airport, at your child’s soccer practice…
You probably already know that online faxing with eFax can be a
lifesaver when you’re on the road and need to review, sign and send
a fax in a... 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 »
Thursday, October 3, 2013 by
an entrepreneur, and you’re having a good news/bad news type of
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... 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 »
Friday, January 25, 2013 by
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... Read More »
Friday, November 9, 2012 by
old expression about not throwing out the baby with the bath water
may just as well apply to fax machines.
The traditional equipment -- ie the fax machine -- may be
out of step with today's office practices, but the technology of
faxing is as current as it's
PC Today reports that the "faxing revolution has arrived."
faxing has replaced the ink cartridges and busy signals with
email service. Online storage of archived faxes that have been
sent and received are easily... Read More »
Thursday, November 1, 2012 by
Over the last decade or so, mobile technology improvements,
evolving job demands and vast increases in the ranks of
self-employed and freelance workers have drastically redefined the
modern work environment.
During this time, these related trends have led many Americans
to reevaluate their careers and the processes by which they
complete their work.
For some people, this has meant creating an office in their
home, a place where they can avoid distractions and be productive
without the need to... Read More »
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 by
This just in!
A new survey from eFax's sister company, eVoice (a small
business phone system) reveals six things small business owners are
thinking about as Halloween approaches.
Scariest Concern for Small
- 50% - Getting and keeping customers
- 31% - Another economic downturn
- 14% - Keeping up with technology
- 7% - Securing credit
Top Reasons for Using a Virtual Phone
- Recorded greeting sounds more professional
- 800 number makes business look bigger
- It's like having a virtual receptionist
Losing... Read More »
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 by
to a iDatix infographic, over 71M tons of paper are used
every year. This number is equivalent to the average weight
of 9 million elephants!
The push to preserve the environment is not simply a personal
pursuit. Around the country, businesses both small and large are
making changes to limit their energy consumption and waste.
Creative managers are instituting policies in their companies that
are being shared and adopted by other institutions.
One of the most effective ways for businesses... Read More »
Friday, July 6, 2012 by
offers features and options that are still integral to a large
portion of business operations.
In fact, many industries find that fax remains a central part of
their communication strategy, particularly in
business environments where documents that require signatures
or notation by hand need to be exchanged.
For example, retailers and small and midsize businesses in the
shipping industry rely on faxing for bulk communication and order
processing, according to ZDNet.
So do retail businesses... Read More »
Friday, June 15, 2012 by
The explosive growth in cloud computing has resulted in huge
benefits to small businesses, from significant cost savings to
It has also sparked confusion, with many asking: "What does
'cloud computing' mean and what's in it for me as a small business
Turns out there's not really a simple answer to the first part
of this question, since there are many forms of cloud computing,
including SaaS (Software as a Service), PaaS (Platform as a
Service), MSP's (Managed... Read More »
Friday, June 1, 2012 by
With summer just around the corner, the travel industry is expected
to have an increase in business. People are booking flights,
hotels, cruises and working with travel agents to plan the perfect
trip. According to
The FINANCIAL, almost 140 million Americans (59%) are planning
a summer vacation. A
study by The U.S. Travel Association showed that in 2010, $1.8
trillion in economic output was generated by domestic and
international visitors in the U.S.
How can your hospitality company take... Read More »
Friday, May 4, 2012 by
Small businesses around the world are migrating to cloud
computing environments for a number of reasons, including the
desire to access fax and other applications from
virtually anywhere in the world.
If organizations want to get the most out of the cloud,
decision-makers need to assess specific business needs before
beginning the implementation, according to an InfoWorld report. Planning ahead can help a
business better analyze and benchmark the costs and functional
benefits of a move to the... Read More »
Monday, April 30, 2012 by
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... Read More »