Take a Summer Vacation from Work Starting With Memorial Day

Mike Pugh, Vice President of Marketing, j2 Global

The late historian John Hope Franklin, PhD always looked forward to weekends because “to me Friday means I can work for the next two days uninterrupted.” Now there’s a guy who needed a hobby.

All joking aside, you can probably relate to this sentiment. As a driven, successful small-business professional, you have almost certainly woven your work into all areas of your life. And, really, what choice have you had? In today’s always-connected...

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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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Happy 50th Anniversary to Modern Fax!

Not many technologies enjoy a 50th anniversary. Even humankind’s true technological marvels, like NASA’s Space Shuttle (1981-2011)1, and ubiquitous devices we thought would last forever, like Sony’s cassette-playing Walkman (1979-2009) 2, rarely see 35.

And today, May 5, 2014, modern fax celebrates 50 years of transmitting information across the globe.

What better time to celebrate than take a look at the innovative ways the modern fax has reinvented itself over the years.  From a 19thCentury “tele...

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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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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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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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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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Smart Business Strategies You Can Learn from… Football?

This has been football’s most important week of the year — first the Super Bowl, and today, National Signing Day, the deadline for high school stars to submit letters of intent to the colleges they’ve chosen to play for.

Turns out, each of these events offers valuable lessons for SMBs, lessons that can save you time, money and even heartache.

The business lesson from the Super Bowl comes, unfortunately, in the form of a horror story. Denver Broncos defensive lineman Elvis Dumervil was cut from the...

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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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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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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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The SMB Cure for New Year’s Resolution Fatigue

 

SMB New Years Resolutions

Many people think of January as the month of broken promises. And perhaps they should. According to a University of Scranton study, covered by Forbes, only 8% of people succeed with their New Year’s Resolutions. The life-changing promises they make every January simply don’t pan out for most people.

As a successful small business professional, you’re not like most people.

After all, to quote Forbes again, 80% of all businesses fail within the first 18 months. And here you are, running your own...

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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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Big Changes Coming for SMBs in 2014 (Infographic)

In 2014, SMB professionals will drop legacy office technologies like fax machines and landline phones to move those functions to the cloud with online faxing services like eFax® and virtual phone systems like eVoice®. They’ll shift more of their marketing energy to mobile apps and cloud-based email marketing tools. And because entrepreneurs understand how much mobile technology is changing work life for everyone, they will create more employee-friendly office cultures which will allow...

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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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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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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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A Few Tricks You Probably Didn’t Know You Could Do With Online Fax

efax online fax blog“Fax? But I’m on the road. I don’t have time to print this thing out, sign it and send back a paper copy. Why do they insist on using a fax machine anyway?”

Reasonable question. Who knows why your vendor, customer, mortgage agent, doctor’s office – or any of the other professionals you deal with from time to time – still use paper-based faxing?
 
Maybe they’re sentimental. Or maybe it’s just plain-old inertia that keeps them from upgrading their technology from the 1990s.
 
But that’s okay. Relax. No...
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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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