The email has been around since the early 1990s, but the way it’s used has changed dramatically over the years. It’s no longer just a platform to keep in touch with friends and family, it’s also become an indispensable part of how we communicate with clients, coworkers, and potential employers. With so many people relying on email to get their jobs done, it’s important to have an email address that communicates your professionalism and personality – while at the same time reflecting your brand. Is there such thing as a professional email? If so, what does it look like?
We live in an era of technology. E-mail is one of those staple tools of our daily lives. However, there are still times when the e-mail isn’t used as effectively as it could be. Many people have taken to using personal e-mail accounts for business purposes. While that may be fine in some cases, it can create problems in others. To keep your workflow running smoothly and your professional image intact, you should consider using a professional email address instead.
There are four different types of professional email accounts you can set up, depending on your needs. Google Apps: If you’re just getting started in business, or if your budget is limited, Google offers unlimited storage for your email and documents for just $5 per month. Microsoft Outlook: Office 365 is relatively cheap—starting at $6.99 per month—and compatible with many popular programs and apps.
As a creative entrepreneur, you’re often juggling multiple projects. That means you probably have to deal with more than one client at any given time, which in turn means your email address is subject to change. While having multiple professional emails can be beneficial in some instances, it can also prove problematic if used incorrectly. Here are some reasons why having multiple professional emails might not be such a good idea after all.
First, figure out if you need an email address that’s separate from your one. Do you have confidential or private information (patient records, financial documents) that would be better handled with a professional email? If so, then you probably do need at least one professional email address. And it’s better to have more than one, if possible—particularly when it comes to job hunting.
When you’re just starting, email can feel like more of an inconvenience than an asset. It’s another channel to manage and it comes with its problems—but what if I told you that having your professional email is an asset? Would you believe me?