“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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Survey Results: eFax Customers Enjoy 3 Types of Rewards from “Going Green” with Online Faxing

“[Our office decided to] get rid of the ‘old’ fax machine and use eFax. It has cut our paper use down about 90%. It’s great!” —Amanda H., Auto Insurance

eFax customers from all industries report benefits similar to Amanda’s, after “going green” by switching from their old paper-based fax processes to online faxing.

In a recent survey, we asked thousands of eFax customers — businesses of all sizes, across many industries — what they were doing to make their businesses more eco-friendly. SMB...

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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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Improve Your Reputation, Bring You Better Talent, and Get You a Tax Break... by Going Green?

You probably know making your office more eco-friendly can have the added benefit of saving your business money. Reducing paper waste, switching to more efficient energy sources for lighting, air conditioning and other utilities — these moves are good not only for the environment but also for your bottom line. Here are 3 other ways “going green” can be smart for your business.

1. Going green means a better reputation for your business

With environmental responsibility a major topic of discussion...

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Here’s a Smart Business Move You Can Turn into a Save-the-Planet Game

Small business professionals: Ready for a fun challenge? We’re guessing yes, because as a successful entrepreneur, you enjoy tackling new challenges. We call it the Save-the-Planet game. When you play it, not only will you help the environment, but you can also save money and even improve your business reputation with your customers.

The game works like this. The following are ideas for making your business more environmentally friendly. As you implement each idea, you’re ready to move a step...

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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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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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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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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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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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Here Come the Millennials!

mike pugh entrepreneur.com bylineIs 2014 the year of the Millennial entrepreneur?

According to a new Entrepreneur.com article,
it just might be. 

In a byline published today titled "Why Millennials Should Become Entrepreneurs Now," j2 Global's Vice President of Marketing Mike Pugh makes a strong case for 2014 being the year that millennials -- those aged 18 to 29 -- shift the epicenter of today's workforce from that of a
9 to 5 mentality to one of a "...work anytime, anywhere, on my own terms" mentality.

What's influencing this...

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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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