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February 07, 2008

Internet Fax for the Small Business

By Mae Kowalke, TMCnet Senior Editor


Many people rightly view starting their own small business as a worthwhile venture on the path to financial independence. Of course, running a business is time-consuming and may present unforeseen challenges.
One of those challenges is determining which communications products and services will provide the most bang for your buck, and will help the business succeed in efficiently serving its customers.
If you’re setting up a small office or home office, likely one of the products you’re considering is a fax machine. It may seem like a no-brainer that your office needs fax, but buying a fax machine may not be the best choice. Instead, an Internet fax service likely will cost less and be easier to manage.

One advantage of Internet fax is that it requires no dedicated phone line, no upfront purchase of the machine, and no ongoing expenditures on paper and toner or ink. Internet fax in most cases is more affordable up-front and in the long run than a fax machine.
Internet fax, which works very much like e-mail (faxes are sent and received as electronic documents that can be printed on paper but don’t need to be), also eliminates the hassle associated with feed paper into a machine, dialing numbers, and waiting for faxes to come in.
Since Internet fax service is Web-based, it is also accessible from any computer with an Internet connection. Since small business owners are often on the road, the portability of Internet fax is a definite plus to strongly consider.
In short, Internet fax may be just what your small business needs to round out its portfolio of communications services. By taking fax online, you make your business more accessible and responsive to customers.
To learn more about the benefits of online fax services, please visit the Internet Fax channel on, brought to you by Packetel.

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Mae Kowalke is an associate editor for TMCnet, covering VoIP, CRM, call center and wireless technologies. To read more of Mae’s articles, please visit her columnist page. She also blogs for TMCnet here.


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