Wednesday, May 14, 2014 by
you’re out for the afternoon showing high-end condos to a new
client — a young man, pre-qualified, great income, eager to buy.
You’re an hour away from your office… when an important fax comes
It’s the purchase offer you sent on behalf of another client,
and the seller has signed and accepted your client’s offer. You’ve
got the deal! The seller only requests to have the agreement she
faxed to your office signed and faxed back within two hours.
The only problem is -- you’re not at your... 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, February 12, 2014 by
Day is rapidly approaching and you're probably thinking, "I'm
swamped. How am supposed to make time for a Valentine's Day
celebration?" Glad you asked.
As it happens, the fact that you’re an on-the-go professional
can actually help you plan a memorable celebration. Here
are a few easy ideas for using your daily mountain-moving skills to
plan a wonderful Valentine’s Day.
1. Make it a Valentine’s Week
One of the challenges a special occasion like Valentine’s Day
presents is that society... 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 »
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 »
Monday, July 29, 2013 by
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
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... Read More »
Friday, February 15, 2013 by
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
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... 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 »
Wednesday, January 2, 2013 by
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
"As communications and information technologies advance, we are
seeing that workers are increasingly able to... 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 »
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 »
Friday, October 19, 2012 by
For years, professionals have been envisioning the "office of
Whether this means three-dimensional video chats or
smartboard-clad meeting rooms, one thing connects all these visions
- less clutter.
As wireless technologies and cloud-based offerings multiply, it
seems like this transition is already on the way.
Desks brimming with thick monitors and bulky computer towers are
on their way out, being steadily replaced by thin laptops, elegant
tablets and many other space-saving devices.
"So... Read More »
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 by
keeping up with the presidential race between incumbent Barack
Obama and challenger Mitt Romney will likely hear a great deal
about the environment.
Reducing our reliance on foreign oil and minimizing waste, both
men argue, is crucial for a strong, healthy America.
Many people may feel like this is a national-level issue that is
hard to affect on an individual level.
However, many advocates and experts have begun citing research
that shows how even small, personal lifestyle changes can have... Read More »
Friday, October 12, 2012 by
Faster and more convenient airplanes, a truly global economy and
the growing importance of large conferences have all led to a
recent surge in business-oriented international travel.
In fact, in terms of professional travel, 2011 exceeded most
expectations, and 2012 looks even better.
According to the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), 2011
saw increases in business-travel spending and trip volume. With
data still coming in, GBTA predicts that 2012 will see
business-travel spending rise... Read More »
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 by
years, businesses have relied on fax machines to help them send
important and signature-dependent documents. Even in an age when
email has become omnipresent, fax machines have retained their
prominent position in the American office.
In the last few years, however, many professionals have begun to
clamor for a more convenient, more modern solution. This is
especially true at a time when "the office" has become a broader
concept because a great deal of work is completed off-site. A... Read More »
Wednesday, October 3, 2012 by
With mortgage rates near historic lows, many homeowners are
considering going through the process of refinancing their
This could allow them to potentially save tens of thousands of
dollars, by securing a significantly lower interest rate on their
While this provides a great opportunity for property owners to
save money, it is also an ideal situation for mortgage brokers.
Low mortgage rates allow brokers to increase the volume of their
businesses because homeowners across the country... Read More »
Friday, September 21, 2012 by
As summer segues into fall, schools across the country prepare
their infrastructure for the coming academic year.
Each autumn brings new technological advances, and smart schools
integrate the newest trends quickly to help them manage their
systems, improve communication and better serve their students.
In recent years, the adoption of these technologies has taken
several forms. Many schools have begun relying more on cloud
computing, allowing their students to access documents, take tests
and... Read More »
Monday, September 10, 2012 by
tablets, smartphones and laptops proliferate and cloud computing
matures, the opportunities for many Americans to work from home
In fact, according to CBS, the number of off-site jobs is
growing rapidly, and for good reason. Contrary to popular opinion,
remote workers are, on the whole, more productive and engaged than
their office-bound peers.
Combined with the belief that out-of-the-office workers
can save their employers a great deal of money by reducing the need
for supplies... Read More »
Wednesday, September 5, 2012 by
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... Read More »