First impressions are everything!!!
Pro's for using a professional email address
- Makes a great first impression
- More control over plan & features
- Better for Branding
- Email Client can have powerful features
- It’s the pro-choice
Con's for using a professional email
- Isn’t free
- Might take more work to set-up
Comes down to cost!
Tth only good thing I can say about free email accounts is that they are “FREE”. You can’t really beat free, can you? Since I believe first impressions are huge in the business world and can mean the difference between a sale or no sale, I put a lot of stock in first impressions. That being said, the cost to have a professional email address is more than justified in my situation as I feel it really could cost me sales in the long run and that isn’t good for business. GoDaddy has Microsoft Office 365 “Online Essentials” plan that costs $5.99 per user /month and comes with Online versions of Office, including Excel, Word, PowerPoint and more 1 TB secure online storage for documents and files Professional email that uses your domain.
If cost is an issue then you can use your free email address no problem. Just keep in mind that it really does send the wrong impression to everyone that reaches out to you. When you factor in the loss of business that you may be experiencing from simply using a free email, you may realize that the extra cost of the professional email address is actually one of the best returns on investment when it increases your sales.