1. Can you use a Fax-Line as the same number for your business? Is this unproffesional? Is it better to get a separate line for fax? (most businesses list their office # and the fax # separateley)
Yes you can use One Line for both your phone and fax machine. Also you can get a different number for your fax machine and still use one line, however, if you want to make a phone call and receive a fax at the sametime this would not be possible since the line is in use. It is really cheap to get another line dedicated just for your fax machine and it would be worth the money.
Where abouts are you from that these "Fax Machines" are alien devices?
You might also consider a service like efax or something similar. We use Freedom Voice & they have an extra service similar to efax as well but a little cheaper - about $9.95 a month for a toll-free number with 100 free minutes.
Heheh, I'd wish my fax machine would go away, but I guess they're staying around for a while....
1) Yes. We have one line with a nice panasonic cordless phone / fax / answering machine that can detect a fax call after the phone has been picked up (either by a person or the answering machine) and it handles that just fine. Is it professional? I'd say yes, but I'm not a big fan of the fax machine. I don't advertise my fax # anyway.
2) Yes. Any computer with a modem, scanner, printer, and the right software can serve as a fax machine. There are also all-in-one printer/scanners/faxes that work rather nicely. And if you're not concerned about sending faxes then there are services that will give you a dedicate fax number and then email you an image of the faxes you receive.
I started using Vonage business plan. Includes business line with a 2nd line for fax. 800 number if you need it for another 4.99 per month with 100 minutes included. The fax line includes 500 outgoing minutes per month.
Crystal clear faxes. I use it alot for contracts and other misc. things Alot of local business owners are still fax crazy so I think it is essential to have.
Until we started our business, I wandered why shops still sold fax machines, it was my narrow view that e-mail completely replaced fax technology. It only took a couple of months of starting our business before we pruchased one.
It seems that people need hard copies of sheets signed and you soon realise that you NEED fax machine. I got tired of having to pay for the public fax machines and it is suprising how simple it can make things - and its much cheaper to send a document via fax than to post it!
If you are considering eFax - you might also consider the service from FreedomVoice. They offer a fax service for about $9.95 a month with 100 free minutes. They offer a web site where you can upload faxes & they are getting ready to release a print driver so you can "fax" right from Word or something. Ans all faxes are sent to you in TIF or PDF, not a proprietary file
I think you may want to consider having one toll free number to handle ur fax, voice mail, extensions and can forward to cellphones and phonelines. We use Tollfreemax. For fax, we can get messages from our computer or download it online. We dont need a real fax machine for it. The fax process works like Efax.