“Back to Business” for Startups, Entrepreneurs and SMB Professionals

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 programs.
  • 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...

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A Brief History of Faxing for the Tech Enthusiast

While 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...

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How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love Hosted Faxing

During 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...

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6 Reasons Online Fax Trumps LANs For a Business Fax Solution

Ask 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...

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5 Reasons to Switch to Online Faxing (If Getting Rid of Your Fax Machine Isn’t Reason Enough)

“Fax? Why don’t you just send it over on a dinosaur?”

— The Michael Scott character on NBC’s The Office

 

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...

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Think Your Business is Safe From Cyber Threats?

efax online fax That’s a 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 mistake.

When LinkedIn gets hacked, it...

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Three Clever Productivity Ideas for Your Smart Phone

efax online fax service You’re 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 groceries, in 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...

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Four Reasons Why Online Fax Makes Sense For Your Business

efax,online fax,small business fax,benefits of online faxScenario: 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...

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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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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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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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A New Era for Fax: Digitized Signatures, Mobile Apps and More

The 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 ever been.

PC Today reports that the "faxing revolution has arrived." Internet faxing has replaced the ink cartridges and busy signals with fax to email service. Online storage of archived faxes that have been sent and received are easily...

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The Emergence of Co-working

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...

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6 Things Small Business Owners Fear the Most

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 Businesses

  • 50% - Getting and keeping customers
  • 31% - Another economic downturn
  • 14% - Keeping up with technology
  • 7% - Securing credit

Top Reasons for Using a Virtual Phone System

  1. Recorded greeting sounds more professional
  2. 800 number makes business look bigger
  3. It's like having a virtual receptionist

Losing...

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Three Ways to Get Rid of the Elephant in the Room

According 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...

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Many companies rely heavily on faxing

efax,online fax,fax to email,j2 global,small business faxFaxing 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...

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The Cloud. What's in it for me?

The explosive growth in cloud computing has resulted in huge benefits to small businesses, from significant cost savings to increased efficiencies.

It has also sparked confusion, with many asking: "What does 'cloud computing' mean and what's in it for me as a small business owner?" 

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...

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Tips for Tourism Industry Professionals This Summer

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...

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Innovative services require new IT approaches

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...

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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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