Tip: How to use hotmail professionallyMikey 7 comments
After much hesitation, I finally made the switch to a web based email service. My hesitation is not without good reason. Up until recently the primary web based email clients didn't offer everything we needed to be taken seriously. Copious amounts of space are one thing but features and functionality are another.
But I won't be completely ditching Outlook just yet, as it is still the de-facto business communications tool which does things that both Gmail and Windows Live Mail still do not.
After comparing both Google's and Microsoft's offerings, I have decided to take on the latter although both have similar functions and offer significant storage space.
Anyway, if you think having an @gmail or @hotmail email address on your business card will cause you to lose credibility points - you would be correct. The good news though is you can still use a web based email client of your choice and have a preferred email address with a tiny investment.
The first stage is to purchase a domain name. You can get domain names for as cheap as $15/year now, and maybe cheaper if you shop around. Most services will offer free email forwarding but it is advisable to get confirmation before handing over your money.
Anyway, which ever web client you decide to choose, once you have purchased mycompany.com you need to get the company you registered the domain name with to set up an email address for you ( for example) ask them to redirect all emails associated with your domain name to your hotmail (or Yahoo, MSN, etc...) account.
Once that is in place you are done. If someone sends an email to , it will be automatically redirected to . Check your webmail client for the option to change your reply and from address, and make sure to change it to your new professional looking email address and your clients will be none the wiser.