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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Monday, July 29, 2013 by
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
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... Read More »
Thursday, May 16, 2013 by
jams? Toner low? Ink empty? Busy signals?
These are the kinds of unwelcomed business operations hiccups that
take up resources and slow down office productivity when relying on
Contrary to what many may believe, faxing is not dead –
it’s alive and evolving, according to a new article in Fortune
magazine. Both large corporations and small business owners in
industries such as in Accounting, Healthcare, Sales, Real Estate,
Finance and Law still heavily rely on faxing as a... Read More »
Friday, February 8, 2013 by
services like internet faxing can keep employees
connected over great distances. Digitally sharing documents may be
even more important in 2013 because business travel is expected to
The U.S. Travel Association recently estimated that the number
of business trips will rise by nearly 1 percent in 2013. The
association also forecasts even greater growth for 2014.
Companies must give their staffers the tools to stay connected
when they're working remotely during trips. Cloud services... Read More »
Monday, January 21, 2013 by
the economy struggles to recover, small business owners have
attempted to reduce overhead expenses and find budget-friendly
solutions to everyday practices.
One of the most costly expenses is printer
ink. Computerworld recently reported that ink can sometimes cost upward
of $80 per ounce. Federico De
Silva, an analyst from Gartner, told the news source that shoppers
don't worry about new cartridges when shopping for
"They are going for a $49 printer, but when
they have to refill it... Read More »
Friday, January 4, 2013 by
businesses have been distributing tablets to their employees to
encourage remote working programs.
A problem, however, lies in the fact that managers expect their
staffers to be able to use the mobile devices exactly like desktops
Ken Dulaney, an analyst at an IT research firm, recently told
The Wall Street Journal that
files don't always work on multiple platforms. "If you send
someone files from their desktop infrastructure, there's no
guarantee everything in those files will... Read More »
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 by
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
One example of this shift is the transition to online fax as
opposed to utilizing traditional fax machines to transmit... Read More »
Friday, November 9, 2012 by
old expression about not throwing out the baby with the bath water
may just as well apply to fax machines.
The traditional equipment -- ie the fax machine -- may be
out of step with today's office practices, but the technology of
faxing is as current as it's
PC Today reports that the "faxing revolution has arrived."
faxing has replaced the ink cartridges and busy signals with
email service. Online storage of archived faxes that have been
sent and received are easily... Read More »
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 by
Twenty years ago, the fax machine was a cutting-edge
piece of equipment. The technology allowed people to instantly send
official documents and other communications around the world.
For many businesses, this ability was revolutionary. Instead of
relying on the postal service, which could often take weeks to
transport a message, people could now use fax machines to
communicate in near real time.
Today, faxing remains a powerful
business and communication tool. It has, however, gained... Read More »
Thursday, October 25, 2012 by
we announce the release of the updated eFax app for Android.
New features include the ability to electronically sign received
faxes, as well as the ability to fax email attachments from files
kept locally or from documents stored in the cloud.
This allows subscribers to easily send documents from wherever
they are. eFax has also integrated the Android app with its web
service by merging contact lists and archived files.
See additional features listed below, or watch this brief
T... Read More »