Home businesses, especially freelance writers, need the basic essentials that a regular brick and mortar office would need. It does not have to cost a fortune to have the things you need to help run your home office!
Need a fax sent to you? eFax.com does offer a free fax service for incoming faxes. There is no cost to you, however the free fax numbers generally are not local numbers and might cost your clients. Generally if you have clients out-of-state, this would not pose a problem anyway, and most of them have a long distance package. The service will send the fax is sent to your email and you will open it with the eFax software, which is free to download. Other packages are available at cost, including local fax numbers.
If you need to send a fax to someone else, Fax Zero offers its users a free alternative. You can send a fax to anyone, anywhere. For a free fax the cover page will show an advertisement to the receiver, and you are able to fax one file which can not be any more than three pages. You are allowed to send two faxes per day. To send a fax with no ad on the cover page, or if you should have more than three pages, for $1.99 you can send an ad free fax, up to fifteen pages. Now we know that is not free, but for $1.99 it is well worth the price if you do not send a lot of faxes, or cannot justify purchasing expensive equipment.
Another option is Got Free Fax which is similar to Fax Zero, however it offers users the option to have a 10 page fax sent for 98 cents, 20 pages for $1.98 and 30 pages for $2.98. Their free service is ad-free, three pages, limited to two a day.
Some cellular services charge extra for voicemail, online companies can be pricey as well as the local telephone companies, and answering machines are just an inconvenience. With Google Voice you can use your existing cell phone number and get a quality service for free! With Google Voice you get voicemail like email, voicemail transcription to read what your voicemail says, custom greeting, low-cost international calling, call routing, notifications, and the ability to share voicemail. Did we mention it was FREE? If you decide to obtain a Google number, many more options are available.
Laser Voice Mail offers users free sign up for free anonymous voicemail. Sign up is a simple three-step process. The company will give you a free number for you to give to your callers, from there you can listen, keep, delete, and replay just as you would with any voicemail service.
With Smartphones readily available one can check their phone app store for document faxing. Oh, yes, there is an app for that!