Keep your email professional with your domain name and Outlook.
What email program are you using right now? The trend today is free apps or subscriptions, so many offices are using free email like Gmail or Thunderbird. These are great options, but if you prefer your own domain name and Outlook, then keep reading.
GoDaddy is one of the easiest places to get your own domain. There are others out there, but I’ve been a loyal customer for too many years to change. The great news is they are there 24/7 for support with any issues. Once you have your domain and setup your email, all that’s left is to choose your program.
I used to like Thunderbird and the free programs, but when it comes to keeping track of my own business, it’s hard to beat Microsoft Outlook 365. You can keep your mail, calendar, and invites for meetings all in one dependable product. Of course, you can include the necessary products of Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and more in that same subscription. Some of the free programs will work with your new personalized email, but do your research before you make a commitment.
Google’s new G-Suite allows you to use your domain name and costs less, but compare first. If you are comfortable with Google Docs and their platform, it could work for you. It’s great for sharing documents. The main drawback for me is that my clients use Excel and Microsoft Office products, so they tend to prefer that software to G-Suite. I want to be able to provide them files in their current software so they don’t have to learn a new program.
Again, if you have employees, Outlook is a great choice. You keep total control over users and permissions with the Admin function. Some of our bigger clients use SharedPoint to work on files, and the new Teams app allows for screen sharing and video chats.
What are the challenges using Outlook? I’d say one word of caution here is to choose the right subscription level from the start. The business subscription doesn’t include Outlook, which doesn’t make sense to me. It is just for the apps. If you want all the apps and the mail program, choose Business Premium. You can upgrade later, but it can take some time to switch subscriptions on the Microsoft end. I also found I had to delete all the programs and start over with setup, so make sure to back up your data if you end up in this situation.
You can easily call GoDaddy or Microsoft if you have any issues setting up. They both have 24/7 technical support.
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