I always think twice when, in business, someone gives me an aol or gmail email address. There are usually 3 reasons why people do this:
1. Not technically inclined – these people are usually afraid of computers and hate that they even have to use email.
2. Lazy – They already have a perfectly good email address and see no need to have another.
3. Cheap – Why pay for something when you can get it for free.
For all these people here’s why you need to get a new email address:
Professional looking email is not expensive. You can find domain names and hosting for next to nothing. If you want to play with the big boys pony up.
Added bonus – As Far as advertising and marketing goes, websites are cheap. In later posts I’ll go into more about how you can use your site to advertise your business.
Start using an email like email@example.com not firstname.lastname@example.org. If you want, you can always forward your email to any address you want. It just looks way more professional with your very own email address.