I am amazed by the amount of professional people that don’t have their own email domains. Many times when I meet with a client or customer of mine they would supply me with gmail or yahoo account and then its something like Sulaiman1945@gmail.com or the company name (example – Sulaiman.email@example.com).
Let me just clarify something, I love Google and I love gmail (or yahoo or live etc). I think it’s awesome that I anyone with internet access (like a Blackberry) can have access to their own email acc with no worries about the account ever being deleted or full !! Trust me the day that google mail goes down for more than a few hours we are all in bigger **** and won’t need to stress about emails much ! I also have a google account and I use it almost everyday…..BUT I use it for personal use , like my DSTV statements , my subscriptions to forums , heck even for SARS I use my gmail acc. It’s safe, it’s secure and it will never change unlike a work or business account which I will lose should I leave that employment or the business folds etc.
Having said that, work email should never be a gmail account or any other public generic service out there like yahoo. It does not cost a lot to have your own personalise email and it looks 100% more professional. I know for instance that I will think twice before doing business with anything that uses gmail as a business email. Many people are of the opinion that your own email acc means you have to pay huge amounts of money. It does nos cost an arm and a leg.
Domain registration for a co.za account is R75 per annum and a hosting package will cost you about R50 per month.
For those that don’t fully understand the above
co.za is the domain , like in firstname.lastname@example.org
A .com domain is R100 per annum.
A hosting package is what you pay every month for a service provider to host and forward all emails sent and received to that domain. This account will come with bandwidth restrictions and data restrictions even though most ISP’s (like Sparty Designs) don’t restrict you on bandwidth and has an unlimited bandwidth solution.