What does your email address say about you? Does it matter? Yes! "Creatives don't use Yahoo!" is a direct quote from a recent meeting Artisan attended.
If you're just starting out in the freelance world, there's one thing you need to know: Yahoo! is not the email to use. Neither is something like Hotmail or other common personal email servers.
What Your Email Address Says About You
Why not use Yahoo? It doesn't look professional. Try to avoid mixing personal emails with professional ones. Remember all those "What your email address says about you" quizzes? This graphic from The Oatmeal is our favorite. Not enough people read them. If you're a Graphic Designer trying to find work with a Yahoo email address, chances are a Recruiter is going to look down their nose at your @yahoo.com email address.
So what kind of email should you be using? Here are a few ideas.
Basic Work Emails: Outlook or Gmail
Basic work emails should be different than your personal email and use an @outlook.com or @gmail.com server at the very least. Both Microsoft Outlook and Gmail are known as semi-professional or professional emails.
What Format Should I Use?
What will make yours look professional? Create a simple name for your email handle. Instead of something unprofessional like "Iluvpuppies@outlook.com" you'll want to create something with your name, like "CharlieHanner@outlook.com" or "MadisonJones@gmail.com." These emails are direct and tell clients exactly who they're sending email to, instead of having to guess based on a "creative" email handle.
Professional Emails: Get Your Own Domain
Probably a much better idea for your professional life is to get your own domain name and personal email server. You can go to almost any seller of domains and get a cheap website domain for $10 or so a month. You can then build a website if you want, or you can simply use the free email that comes with it.
Remember, your website address will be the server for your email, so if you website is "www.porkrinds.com" then you're going to be "Madison@porkrinds.com," which may or may not be professional based on what you write about or the industry you're in.
What Name Should I Choose?
It's wise to choose a website name that is as direct as possible. For instance, if you want to create a biography or resume page, you might call your website "MadisonJones.com" and cr
eate the email "Madison@MadisonJones.com." This looks incredibly professional; not only is it easy to know who the client is writing to, but they can also remember your website to look over your resume and portfolio quickly when necessary.
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