Does the email address you use for your business look something like this:
ALERT, when you initially email someone they will notice and wonder why you aren't emailing from a business account. To be utterly honest, you are conveying that you can't, or don't, want to make the investment in a professional email address and this may hurt your business and lessen your credibility.
Don't want to spend a ton of money? No problem! Google, naturally, has a solution that seriously costs $5/month. Google Apps for Work allows your business to use Gmail, Google Drive, Google Calendar, etc. for a monthly fee.
Also, because I love my readers, here's a code for $10 off per user for the first year:
Simply sign up and at the billing section enter the code!
Google Apps For Work Setup
STEP 1: Identify Your Company Domain
Wherever your @companynamehere.com domain was purchased, you’ll need to be able to log in and make adjustments. Common services are GoDaddy and HostGator. If you haven’t set up a domain yet, proceed to step 3.
STEP 2: Set Up Free Trial
Go to Google Apps for Work and click “get started.” Enter your information and the number of employees you expect to provide email accounts for.
Google charges $5 per user per month after the free trial is over, so check out aliases to get an info@, careers@, etc. for your business for free!
Then tell Google whether or not you’d like to use an existing domain. If you haven’t already set up a domain for your new business, you can do so with Google (they will register a domain for you for free if you use Google Apps for Work). From there, you set up your primary account username firstname.lastname@example.org and create a password.
STEP 4: Confirm Ownership
Google will then ask you to add a .txt record to your domain’s DNS records. If you are unfamiliar with this, I recommend asking an IT or web developer for assistance.
Step 5: Point Nameservers to Google
The last step is to point your MX records to Google to begin using your new mail server. If your domain is on Media Temple, you can simply push a button and have this done for you.
Step 6: Migrate Your Old Email
Once your account is set up, you can log into the admin panel and migrate your old email to the new account. You can either use their automatic migration tool or contact Google support for further assistance.
Confused? Have additional questions? Want me to walk you through this?
Info Source: Nicole Rose Dion, NCET