Once you’ve set up your website, registered your domain and set up hosting of your site, your next concern may be how to set up your professional email address. You may also feel like this isn’t an important step in setting yourself up in your business. Ignore that idea: this is an important step!
If you were to visit a site and started to feel that the business truly understood your needs, that they were just what you needed, then you went to their contact page to find what kind of email address? If it was something like firstname.lastname@example.org, would you still email them without hesitation? Some of us would hesitate, if not decided against working with this business. It’s not to say that this shuts down prospects from contacting you, but it may change their perception of your business.
It can be different for you.
There are a few simple solutions to creating an email that matches your domain. One is to self-host your email address on your own server. Although this isn’t an option for everyone, if you’re the kind of person who knows someone with some information technology skills, this may be a good fit for you.
If you don’t have the option of self-hosting your site and email server, I’d suggest Gmail’s business solution for $5 per month. I’ve worked with many entrepreneurs who are happy with the $5 per month version of this service. Gmail has many add-ons that will help you streamline your business functions like the ability to send emails at a scheduled future date and time and integrations with your CRM to track prospects.
What are you considering for your business email? Are you happy with another service? I’d love to hear from you with a comment below!