Tools of the trade starts with professional email.
You can't start to be professional if your email address is still the one you had from high school.
If your replies are signed from "firstname.lastname@example.org" your first impression isn't the impression you are hoping to make.
I suggest any small business consider Google Apps to manager their email, and more. There's a great free package that allows you to create up to 10 custom user accounts that will all have access to the following features under your business domain name.
Gmail Get custom email like email@example.com.
Google Sites Create websites and group wikis.
Google Calendar Organize your schedule and share events with friends.
Google Docs Share online documents, presentations, and spreadsheets.
If you already have a website (domain) then you can assign that as your email address. If you don't have a plan to purchase a domain (just $10 and you can purchase your own domain from the Google Apps set up screen) then you can still use GMail and create and email address like this firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Get your FREE 10 user Google Apps account here (http://www.google.com/apps/intl/en/group/index.html)
- GMail for Business: http://www.google.com/apps/intl/en/business/gmail.html
- Google Sites (websites): http://www.google.com/apps/intl/en/business/sites.html
- Google Calendar: http://www.google.com/apps/intl/en/business/calendar.html
- Google Docs: (Word processor, Spreadsheets, Presentations, Forms, etc) http://www.google.com/apps/intl/en/business/docs.html
What's possible when I use Google apps with my Business?