Any point in having a Fax machine?

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by bill8379, Jan 16, 2008.

  1. bill8379

    bill8379 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 778

    I re-inventing my co. and I've never had one in 8 years but every once in a while someone mentions it. I bought a scanner that I never use, and of course I have a printers..
     
  2. PROCUT1

    PROCUT1 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from TN
    Posts: 4,909

    If youre just doing residential work, its a convenience for dealing with business matters.

    If youre going into the commercial business its practically a must
     
  3. hoyboy

    hoyboy LawnSite Senior Member
    from Chicago
    Posts: 346

    Are you serious? How could you not have one?
     
  4. bill8379

    bill8379 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 778

    I've always been almost exclusively residential but that could change.. not sure what you would even use the things for. To me it seems like a precursor to email or something.

    edit: I have about two weeks to finalize my yellow page and new phone number as well as domain name. The lady from the phone co. asked me if she could fax a form to me. Don't have a fax so she emailed it but it did get me thinking.
     
  5. Dstosh

    Dstosh LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 716

    Get one, It is so much easier to fax stuff when you can.
     
  6. carcrz

    carcrz LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,085

    I just scan & email. No paper & just as easy.
     
  7. M&MLawn

    M&MLawn LawnSite Member
    Posts: 132

    I use eFax.com and its super easy and you can even receive a certain amount of faxes for free.
     
  8. ATVracer

    ATVracer LawnSite Senior Member
    from Indiana
    Posts: 346

    I have a Lexmark all in one printer that scans, copies and faxes. It costs about $120 and has lasted 2 years with both my wife and myself's business. I say get one, you never know when it can come in handy.
     
  9. Grits

    Grits LawnSite Silver Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 2,994

    I don't have one and I was just thinking tonight of how much I need a fax machine. I email a lot of things, but some things just need to be faxed. For example: A property management company that I do work for just emailed me a W-9. I have to fill it out and it would be nice just to be able to fax it back right now. Sure, I could scan it and email it, but it'll look like crap when they get it.
    I vote....YES to fax machines!
     
  10. bill8379

    bill8379 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 778

    Good point. I have a scanner but I haven't even bothered to install it in over 3 years. That's one of the most useless pieces of equipment I've ever boughten.

    Staples is selling (at least around my parts) a brother Colour 6-in-1 Printer, copier, scanner, fax, PC fax, photo capture centre... $79.96 (Save $50). I've always been leary of these super "all in one" machines but I've wanted a copier for a long time. I actually think that's why I bought that scanner, so I could copy things.
     

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