The first impression you make on customers may include the e-mail address that you use. An address like email@example.com looks amateurish, whereas firstname.lastname@example.org is much more professional. Here’s one way you can make the switch, typically for under $20 a year.
1. Pick and register your business domain name (the part of your e-mail address after the @ sign). If you have a common business name, it might be already taken, so you might have to get a little creative. Some sites that provide this service are godaddy.com and 123-reg.co.uk, or search for domain name registration in your country and check that your choice offers free e-mail forwarding (most do).
2. Sign up for a GMail account. Many other e-mail services will also work. It doesn’t matter too much what this address is, as your contacts usually won’t see it.
3. Set up e-mail to forward to your GMail account. You can usually do this from a control panel that you’ll be given access to after step 1. Instructions for GoDaddy
4. Set up GMail to make it look like you’re sending messages from your new business e-mail address. Set this as your default account.
That’s it! Now you can log into GMail and treat that as your business e-mail address, your contacts won’t be able to tell the difference.