I'm looking to do some freelance work and possibly set up a small firm. But I want to use a public e-mail address to begin with then maybe get my own domain.
But out of @live.com, @gmail.com or @yahoo.com, which sounds the most professional?
Gmail has the best interface and is very easy to use but @live sounds a lot more professional! - Also, I can't get my full name onto Gmail. I've tried everything with initials, middle, first, last. I don't like the idea of numbers.
Get a domain you cheap bastard, you could have your own personal domain and email for £10-20 a year with the right company. You will gain way more credibility and it'll pay for itself with the first job you get.
I personally wouldn't touch someone with an @hotmail or @live email for professional purposes, it suggests they don't take their job seriously enough and haven't got anything on the line. It's the equivalent of showing up to a meeting in old scruffy jeans and tshirt, unwashed, unshaven and looking sorry for yourself.