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Business e-mail: @gmail.com or @live.com?

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    Hi,

    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.

    What do you think?
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    Why not get your own domain? They can be had very cheap, with some very basic hosting including an email inbox. By cheap I mean less than £30 a year.
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    (Original post by Psyk)
    Why not get your own domain? They can be had very cheap, with some very basic hosting including an email inbox. By cheap I mean less than £30 a year.
    This.

    Out of gmail or hotmail, gmail.
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    (Original post by Psyk)
    Why not get your own domain? They can be had very cheap, with some very basic hosting including an email inbox. By cheap I mean less than £30 a year.
    I will eventually but right now I just need to get going and then I'll start a website, e-mail etc.

    But would you use @live or @gmail for a business e-mail (professional one even)?
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    (Original post by morris743)
    This.

    Out of gmail or hotmail, gmail.
    Hmm I was thinking the same. I'm working in law, so do you think jrampal.legal@gmail.com will be acceptable?

    I've tried everything including jeyesh.r, jeyesh.rampal, jrampal. Nothing seems to work. Any ideas?
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    @gmail sir..

    still for £5.98 a month.. @yourdomainname.com
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    (Original post by Spontogical)
    @gmail sir..

    still for £5.98 a month.. @yourdomainname.com
    Any ideas on an address?
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    (Original post by legaleye)
    Any ideas on an address?
    Something like..

    [}djscott@damienjamesscott.com[}
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    (Original post by Spontogical)
    Something like..

    [}djscott@damienjamesscott.com[}
    I meant GMail, any ideas on format?

    I've tried most of the formal ones
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    (Original post by legaleye)
    I meant GMail, any ideas on format?

    I've tried most of the formal ones
    []michaeljsmith@gmail.com}] - that's perfect.

    First Name, Initial of Middle Name, Surname @ gmal.com
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    Out of those I'd definitely say gmail
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    Does it really matter?
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    As far as I can see, it wouldn't matter which one you use, and you seem to prefer using gmail, so I'd go for that.
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    (Original post by Lewis :D)
    Out of those I'd definitely say gmail
    I can't use my middle initial it's taken.

    Any ideas on the format of the address?

    I can only get a shortened version of my name, so assume my name is: Anthony Warren Elliot.

    I can only get tonywe@gmail.com, is that professional?
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    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.
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    The last bit doesn't matter too much, it's the email site that you find easiest to use and a professional first bit of the email-adress, so not hottyJR@live.com
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    I used gmail when I started, and still do. However my name is really common so I created a pen name which worked perfectly.
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    To be honest, gmail and hotmail will always look unprofessional.

    Setting up an email account through Google business is with your domain name so easy as well.
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    Neither. If you want to be taken seriously you need to have your own domain - I'm not sure what sector you're thinking, but anything online-based and using gmail/hotmail will make you look ridiculous.

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