Tuesday, August 12, 2014 by
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
- 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... Read More »
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 by
Mike Pugh, Vice President of Marketing,
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... Read More »
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 »
Friday, April 25, 2014 by
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
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... Read More »
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 by
Why don’t you just send it over on a dinosaur?”
— The Michael Scott character on NBC’s
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... Read More »
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 by
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... Read More »
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 by
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... Read More »
Tuesday, February 4, 2014 by
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... Read More »
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 by
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... Read More »
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 by
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
What's influencing this... Read More »
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 by
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
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... Read More »
Tuesday, January 7, 2014 by
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... Read More »
Tuesday, December 17, 2013 by
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... Read More »
Friday, November 22, 2013 by
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... Read More »
Thursday, October 24, 2013 by
eFax, we're passionate about helping customers solve business
One key challenge many business professionals face
in today's mobile environment is how
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... Read More »
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 by
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
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... Read More »
Thursday, October 17, 2013 by
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
Maybe they’re sentimental. Or maybe it’s just plain-old
inertia that keeps them from upgrading their technology from the
But that’s okay. Relax. No... 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 »
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 by
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 ... Read More »