Best Online Fax Services and Apps – 2021 Review

Want to jump straight to the answer? The best online fax service for most people is definitely eFax or MetroFax.

A good online fax service saves money on paper, while taking a reliable method of communication into the 21st century.

You can even send faxes with mobile devices now. It’s that simple.

That’s why businesses are switching to online faxing.

If you’re ready to join them, this guide has you covered. I’ve identified the top online faxing options on the market today.

The 9 Best Online Fax Services Reviews

  • eFax — Most popular online fax service.
  • MetroFax — Best mobile app for online faxing.
  • Fax.Plus — Best cheap online fax service.
  • MyFax — Best online fax service for personal use.
  • RingCentral Fax — Best online fax service for sole proprietors.
  • HelloFax — Best for small teams and cloud storage integration.
  • FaxZero — Best free online fax service (send-only).
  • Sfax — Best HIPAA-compliant online fax service for healthcare.
  • Biscom 123 — Best email-to-fax service for occasional users.

Not all online faxing services are the same. Below, I’ve covered the price, benefits, and any potential drawbacks of the best faxing services available.

eFax

  • Starts at $16.95/month
  • Consumer & business solutions
  • Connects with cloud storage
  • Send an online fax from anywhere

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With over 10 million users across the globe, eFax is the world leader in online faxing. It’s simple: send an online fax from anywhere using your smartphone, computer, or tablet.

The best part: You don’t need a fax machine.

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Impact Bias: Why We Overestimate Our Emotional Reactions

The impact bias is our tendency to overestimate how good (and bad) we will feel in the future — things are never as good (or bad) as we imagine.

The impact bias is our tendency to overestimate our emotional reaction to future events.

Research shows that most of the time we don’t feel as bad as we expect to when things go wrong.

Similarly we usually don’t get quite the high we expect when things go right for us.

There are exceptions – such as being in a bad mood will tend to make us more realistic about future positive events – but these are far from the norm.

Examples

The impact bias pervades our lives, with studies finding that:

  • Two months after a relationship finishes people are generally not as unhappy as they expect.
  • Sports fans are generally not as happy as they expect when their team wins.
  • Academics overestimate how happy they will be when given tenure, and also overestimate their unhappiness at being denied tenure.

This research also show that people overestimate both the initial intensity of their emotional reaction, and also how long it will go on for.

The impact bias helps explain why almost anything that happened more than three months ago has no effect on our current levels of happiness.

Causes of the impact bias

The impact bias is a pretty reliable finding, so why does it happen?

Wilson and Gilbert (2005) find two main reasons:

  • Focalism: when people think about the impact of future events they tend to forget about all the other things that are going on in their lives. In reality the one event we are imagining will likely be overshadowed by all sorts of other events that happen at the same time. We conveniently forget that the future will always contain many other events we can’t predict, some positive and some negative.
  • Sense-making: people have a natural tendency to rationalise what happens to them. When something bad happens we initially feel unhappy but immediately start searching for the underlying reasons. Once when we’ve decided on the cause(s) of this bad event, we start to feel better. For us bad events that are predictable and which submit to rational explanation are not as scary as random unexplained bad events. Unfortunately the same process also works for positive events – when we rationalise them we reduce their impact on us (read more on this in my post on how to feel more pleasure).

Both making sense of an event as well as our tendency for focalism probably happen either completely unconsciously or at least partially unconsciously.

Consequently we often don’t realise we’re doing it.

How to avoid the impact bias

Considering that these processes are probably unconscious it may be difficult.

But evidence does suggest two options.

When considering how a future event will affect you:

  • Think about all the other events that will happen in the future; consciously widen your future focus.
  • Remember that you will usually quickly rationalise any event, thereby reducing its emotional impact on you. This is good news for negative events, but less good for positive events. To feel…

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How to Create an Ecommerce Website in 5 Easy Steps

Want the quick answer? The best way to create an ecommerce website is with Wix.

Whether you have a brick and mortar business and want to expand online or you’re interested in starting a new business from scratch, ecommerce can be a highly profitable venture.

A successful ecommerce business starts and ends with the website. If you haven’t made one before, it can seem like a daunting task.

But it’s not as difficult as you think. That’s why I’ll teach you how to get your ecommerce site up and running in no time.

The Best Platform For Your Ecommerce Site

Before you can create your ecommerce site, you need to figure out what platform you’re going to use.

There’s a ton of options out there, but only one obvious choice: Wix.

  • 14-day free trial
  • Drag and drop site builder
  • Integrated payment processing
  • 500+ ecommerce templates

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In fact, we ranked Wix first on our list of the best ecommerce website builders.

It’s the best ecommerce website builder due to one thing: Simplicity.

You don’t need to learn how to code or have any technical expertise. The platform makes it easy for anyone to create a beautiful and highly functional ecommerce site from scratch in no time at all.

That’s why it’s perfect for beginners. It’s a drag-and-drop site builder that’s fully customizable and SEO-friendly.

The platform has everything you need to start selling online. In addition to the site builder features, you’ll be able to accept commission-free payments, manage end-to-end fulfillment, and set custom shipping rules worldwide.

Wix supports dropshipping and multi-channel sales. It allows you to sell on other platforms like Facebook and Instagram.

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Will You Join My Community?

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I recently enjoyed a few days of rest with Margaret, my wife. We were able to spend time together doing the things that we love, right in the middle of the busy summer season. Now that COVID restrictions are changing, in-person events are coming back, which means my calendar is filling up again with incredible opportunities to add value to leaders all around the world.

Add to that the digital conferences that are now a mainstay of business culture, and the fact that we have studio space where I can go to record videos or host live broadcasts like Mondays with Maxwell, and there aren’t many days when I can’t or don’t talk to an audience somewhere.

So, with my calendar filling up and things being busy, how was it that I could afford to take a few days off to spend with my wonderful wife?

Community.

While I was resting, the team at the John Maxwell Enterprise was busy changing the world, and now I’m digging back in and doing my part to keep our Transformation movement rolling.

You see, Community is what powers Transformation; mass movements may begin with a single leader, but they build and increase impact because that leader adds others to the movement. Those leaders open the door and invite others in because they know the secret of Maxwell Math: when you add value to leaders, and then add leaders to your community, those leaders multiply the impact by bringing others to the table.

It’s simple and powerful logic, but for community to grow, there must be easy pathways for joining. Too often, organizations and teams in desperate need of people inadvertently make it a challenge for those people to join them. While email lists and social media accounts are helpful tools, it never hurts to have another option available.

That’s why I’m excited to introduce a new way for us to build our community of growth-minded, values-based, people-centric servant leaders. And it leverages a medium we all use every day.

It’s called Community, and it’s a texting service that allows me to text you directly with updates, words of inspiration, words of affirmation, and wisdom for your journey of personal growth. One of my favorite things to do is share with others the lessons I’m learning and the experiences I’m having, because I want them to feel invited into my growth journey.

We’ve opened the service up to a few people, but now we’re throwing the doors open wide and inviting everyone to join this new community! And I do mean everyone. This community is for:

  • People who have an abundance mindset
  • People who aspire to be a leader
  • People who are committed to personal growth
  • People who dream of success
  • People who dream of significance
  • People who want to know what’s going on in the Maxwell world
  • People who want to share in what I’m learning
  • People who want to share in what I’m experiencing
  • People who believe that they, with the…

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Absent-Mindedness: 2 Factors That Cause Forgetfulness

Absent-mindedness is inattentive or forgetful behaviour that can result from distractions, vagueness, blankness or zoning out.

We’ve all done it: forgotten someone’s name, where we parked the car, or left the house without the front-door key.

These are all examples of Schacter’s (1999) second sin of memory: absent-mindedness.

While the first post in the series looked at the transience of memory, how memory degrades over time, absent-mindedness occurs when we’re not really concentrating in the first place.

There are two central factors in how and why we are absent-minded.

One is how deeply we encode a memory, the other is how much attention we’re paying at the crucial moment.

Let’s look at attention first.

Attentional absent-mindedness

One of the most striking experimental demonstrations of how central attention is to absent-mindedness is seen in psychology experiments on change-blindness.

In one well-known example, participants watch a video of people passing a basketball between each other, and they are asked to count the number of passes.

I’ve been a participant in this experiment, and it worked like a treat on me.

I sat watching the video, counting the passes.

Then, after the video was finished, I was asked if I noticed anything unusual.

I was completely bemused: “What do you mean anything ‘unusual’,” I said. “I’ve just seen people passing a basketball to each other. What are you talking about?”

The experimenter smiled and set the video clip running again, but this time with no instructions to count the passes.

I watched in amazement as after about 30 seconds of people passing the basketball, a person dressed in a gorilla suit walks right through the centre of the scene, stops, turns, looks at the camera, then turns again and walks out of shot.

The gorilla is visible for fully 5 seconds.

I didn’t notice a thing.

And I’m not alone.

In the version carried out by Simons and Chabris (1999), on average around half the people who took part didn’t notice the gorilla.

The original version of this experiment was carried out more than 30 years ago, but it still has the power to amaze (Neisser & Becklen, 1975).

The door study

Another well-known demonstration of how absent-minded we can be is the ‘door study’.

Here unwitting students are asked by an experimenter for directions.

While they are talking, two men carrying a door walk between the experimenter and the student.

Also hiding behind the door is another person who swaps places with the original experimenter and carries on the conversation with the student.

The student is now continuing the conversation with someone completely different.

Do they notice?

Like the gorilla experiment, only about half the students notice that they were actually talking to a different person.

Another failure of attention.

Memory encoding: depth of processing

The second element vital to absent-mindedness is the depth at which we process information.

This is demonstrated by a classic experiment carried out by Craik and Tulving (1975).

They set about testing the strength of memory traces created using three different levels of processing:

  1. Shallow processing: participants were shown a word and asked to think about the font it was written in.
  2. Intermediate processing: participants were shown a word and asked…

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The Top 8 Best Business Phone Services – Updated 2021 Review

Want to jump straight to the answer? The best phone service for most small businesses is definitely Nextiva, Ooma, or RingCentral.

Phone services for businesses have come a long way.

The right services can get you toll-free numbers, easy routing, and unlimited SMS for a low monthly rate.

Business VoIP phone services have become much more popular than traditional phone lines. They’re easier to set up, easier to manage, and cheaper.

Below we break down the best business phone services on the market. Later, we’ll dive into why you need one and exactly how a VoIP works.

The Best Business Phone Service Providers for 2021

  1. Nextiva — Best for out-of-the-office organizations
  2. Ooma— Best physical phone system for small businesses
  3. RingCentral— Best for businesses that love to text
  4. Grasshopper— Best for solopreneurs
  5. Phone.com— Smallest price tag for smaller operation
  6. Vonage— Best for businesses that need it all
  7. GoToConnect — Best for helping your customers
  8. 1-VoIP— Best if you need phones—but don’t use them often

Below, compare the pricing, plans, and features of each one to identify the best fit for your small business.

#1 – Nextiva – The Best for Out-of-the-Office Organizations

  • Starting at $19.95 per month
  • Affordable enterprise-level plans
  • Unlimited calls
  • Free local & toll-free number

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Nextiva is an industry leader in the business phone service space—and for great reason. They offer reliable phone systems at a great price.

This phone service’s features, tools, and hardware include:

  • A phone for your desk
  • Phones for conference rooms
  • An app to manage phone calls, texts, and emails through your computer
  • A mobile app for your cellphone
  • Integrations with the major CRMs like Salesforce and Hubspot

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