“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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How You Reduce Your Paper Waste Today in 4 Quick and Easy Ways

Try this riddle: On what holiday is it best not to send or receive a card in the mail?

Answer: Earth Day!

Why? Because Earth Day, which we just celebrated on April 22, is a day to honor our planet and the environment, not send tree-killing paper-based holiday cards.

According to the Clean Air Council, the 2.6 billion holiday cards sold each year in the US could fill a football field 10 stories high.  At eFax, we’ve spent the entire month of April offering simple, money-saving ideas to help you do yo...

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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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Ditch Your PSTN and Take Your Fax Mobile

Watch 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...

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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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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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Quick Ways Your New eFax® Mobile App Will Boost Your Productivity

We’re excited to introduce the latest evolution of the eFax mobile app.  We announced some terrific new productivity features that can save on-the-go professionals like you serious time and headaches. And it can help you be much more responsive to customers and partners with no additional effort on your part!

So, what great new features are available on the new mobile fax app? Imagine being able to open a contract from your DropBox, Box or iCloud account, signing the contract with your finger and...

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Salespeople succeeding thanks to tablets and online faxing

Online faxing for SalespeopleIntuitively 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 spot.

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...

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Survey Says: People Fax in the Strangest Places

efax,mobile faxing,online faxWhat does a Las Vegas casino, a train in Budapest, Yosemite's El Capitan, and a Paul McCartney concert in London have in common?

If you were expecting a list of interesting places to visit, this may surprise you.

Mobile business professionals have recently closed important deals via fax at all of these locations. Yes, we said fax.  When you consider the inconvenience of moving documents through a traditional fax machine, this brings up some obvious questions.

Q: Where would you find a fax machine...

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eFax - Keeping Great Companies Connected

eFax online faxHere at eFax, we're passionate about helping customers solve business challenges.

One key challenge many business professionals face in today's mobile environment is how to exchange critical business documents with customers and clients while on the go.

We can go on and on about mobility and the benefits an online fax service like eFax provides through such features as a toll free number,  mobile apps, digitized signature, and large file sharing, but rather than us doing that, we thought we'd let...

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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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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 Beatles, The Mustang and The Fax

The year 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 ...

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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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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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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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Finding Faxes Fast in the Cloud

Many professionals have experienced a situation where they needed to review a sent document. If efax,file storge,online fax,small business faxdelivered by email, finding the file typically doesn't pose much of a problem - the sender can easily check his or her "sent mail" folder to see a list of outgoing messages.

With other forms of communication, however, this can be a more serious issue.

Few of us keep a copy of every letter or fax we send, for example, and those of us who do may find it difficult to keep these organized and accessible....

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