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Hi all,

 

I'm just getting started as a VA with an extremely ("Do we NEED that postage stamp?") limited budget and a cramped home office.

 

I already have a computer, high-speed cable modem, scanner, and colour printer, but I want to add a fax to the mix, and I'm not sure what to get. I only have one phone line and would prefer not to add another.

 

I'm considering getting a multi-function printer/copier/fax machine, which could sit where my printer sits now, but I do a lot of desktop publishing, and I want to be sure I can still get the same quality of printing (fast black-and-white printing, photo colour capability, and preferably the ability to print on both sides of the page - my HP Deskjet will do this by printing the even pages, prompting the user how to re-insert the pages in the printer, and then printing the odd pages).

 

So -

Standalone fax or multi-function machine?

 

Which machines offer good quality at a low price? (At this point, laser printing is beyond my budget).

 

And how urgent is it to have a fax machine? (I have a few local clients, none of whom require the use of a fax at this point).

 

I'm just putting my website up today, so I have time - but I'd like to make an informed decision.

 

Thanks!

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Hi Jeri,

 

I am in the same position as you financially! It is the pits!

 

I originally purchased a stand alone inexpensive fax machine (Brother). It works great but the refills are expensive if you receive a lot of faxes. I received a 4 in one for my birthday and it is great but does not have an automatic feed. Right now I am using the 4 in one to receive and when I send faxes I use the stand alone.

 

I have a phone number with a special ring for my fax machine.

 

Hope this helps!

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Guest CindyHillsey

Hi Jeri,

 

I use Maxemail for my fax service. It cost me $24.95 to set it up ($14.95 fee plus $10 setup fee). I love it! My brother-in-law also uses them for his business. Here'a link: http://www.maxemail.com/

 

 

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First, congrats on starting up. I know start-up phase can be the pits. Just know it will smooth out!

 

As far as the 3 in 1 machines - I was considering getting one until I saw that on most of the models there is a slight "glitch". wacko.gif If one component goes... they all go. wacko.gif I can live without my fax and sometimes my scanner... but don't make me go without my printer. I do a lot of component troubleshooting for clients, family, and friends. This isn't something to take lightly. Hardly any of them realized that this could happen.

 

While I like the convenience and space saver these machines offer, I dont' know if it is worth it.

 

I don't know if any of you use your fax all that much for outgoing faxes. I maybe use outgoing three or four times a month (if that). Consider, as I have, getting an eFax or J2 fax service. It is free to receive faxes, comes straight to your email and outgoing is something like $.10 a page. Well... I have only used it once or twice and it was fine for me. And $.20 wasn't much compared to the cost of space, materials (ink/ribbon), phone line cost, and electricity I am saving not having a machine sitting on my desk or counter.

 

Just keep that in mind.

 

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Guest jeriwoods

Thanks to everyone for the responses!

 

Heather - a special thanks for mentioning that "glitch" in all-in-one machines. Like you, I can cope if anything else goes, but don't take away my printer!

 

I will look into some of the e-fax alternatives - mostly what I want at this point is the ability to RECEIVE faxes, so that would probably work well for me.

 

Thanks again!

 

PS My website is now LIVE at va.artbyjerilynn.com! crossfingers.gif

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Guest TerryGreen

Jeri,

 

You say you have a scanner? Windows has a built-in fax component. I used if for quite a while before I got a stand-alone fax. Receive faxes with no other components needed, or send faxes by scanning and sending through Windows.

 

And yes, I second, third and fourth the bit about all-in-one systems. If one goes they all go. They are great to use as long as you have a back-up printer in your closet.

 

Congratulations on starting your biz!

 

Welcome.

 

Terry

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Hi Jeri and welcome smile.gif

 

Just wanted to throw my .02 in about using an on-line fax service. There's one that I really like that one of my client's use called MyFax that provides you with a toll-free fax number, fax delivered to your e-mail, and costs $10/month. Since I receive so little faxes (like 1 in 6 months) I'm pretty happy using the free efax for now, but should that change, I'm definitely going with this other service.

 

The best of luck to you!

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