5 Easy Ways to Make Your Office More Eco-Friendly

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 friendly office.

1. Choose post-consumer recycled content like paper.

The stats:

  • Every ton of 100% post-consumer recycled paper used will save 24 trees.1
  • Recycling aluminum and steel can save 75% of the energy...
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Real Estate Agent Tips: Make Sure Your Fax Solution Has These Three Features

Imagine 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 in.

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...

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4 Tips to Plan a Great Valentine’s Day — Even for a Busy SMB Professional Like You

Valentine’s 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...

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An Interesting Surprise in Today’s Housing Boom — and How Realtors Can Capitalize on it

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. HUD’s September 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...

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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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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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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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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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4 Benefits of Online Fax for Financial Professionals

efax,online fax,small business fax,fax to email,j2 global fax,j2 globalThe 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 increased mobility.

One example of this shift is the transition to online fax as opposed to utilizing traditional fax machines to transmit...

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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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The Age of the Modern Office

For years, professionals have been envisioning the "office of the future."

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...

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Starting a Green Initiative in Your Office

efax,green,small business fax,j2 global,online fax,green faxAnyone 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...

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Fax To Go

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...

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Two Little Known Facts About Online Fax

For 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...

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Simplify A ReFi With Online Fax

With mortgage rates near historic lows, many homeowners are considering going through the process of refinancing their homes.

This could allow them to potentially save tens of thousands of dollars, by securing a significantly lower interest rate on their loans.

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...

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Embracing technology in schools

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...

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Remote Workers Can Use Internet Faxing to Become Even More Productive

efax,online fax,fax to email,small business faxAs tablets, smartphones and laptops proliferate and cloud computing matures, the opportunities for many Americans to work from home will multiply.

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...

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Agent MM: Finding the Top Real Estate Agent

A 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...

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eFax Brings Order to the Business of Law

Legal professionals are beginning to migrate traditional office hardware such as computers and fax machines to laptops, tablets and cloud-fax services, enabling them to maintain an increasingly mobile lifestyle while staying in touch with their business.

According to the 2012 survey from the American Bar Association's Legal Technology Resource Center, 38 percent of lawyers have already migrated to laptops as primary computers.

In a recent eFax Solutions podcast, New York attorney Scott Brenner,...

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