Be professional - set up your own e-mail address
This is a very simple and economical way to look professional and save you time in the future*
Having your own www address (Internet domain name), has two remarkable advantages: It allows you to have a professional, personalised e-mail address AND can be used for the address of your website if you set one up in the future. You don’t have to do both at the same time - the website can be set up later. What’s more, a www domain name is simple to use, economical and can be set up in minutes.
Let's say you already have an e-mail address with Hotmail. This is convenient because it is free and you can access your mail from any computer. You know how it works and have been using it for ages.
It says "free account" to everyone who sees it.
THE PROFESSIONAL SOLUTION
Register your own Internet domain name at www.heartinternet.co.uk (which we think offers the cheapest deal on the Internet) and then set it up to act as your professional e-mail address.
Let's say your name is Fred Bloggs.
HOW TO SET UP E-MAIL FORWARDING*
Log into your Heart Internet account and select the “Manage Domain Names” icon.
Click on “Catchall E-mail Forwarding” and, in the box under "Destination E-mail address" add the address you want all your e-mail to be delivered to (for example, you current Hotmail account).
Click on the “Update Now” button at the bottom of the page and that’s it.
In about an hour (it can take that long for it to permeate the system), all e-mails sent to your professional address will be delivered into your Hotmail account, where you can pick it up as normal.
THE BIG ADVANTAGE
If, for any reason, you change your Hotmail account to another provider (such as Yahoo or Gmail), just repeat this process and change the address to your new e-mail account. You can do this as often as you need and the best part of this is that you NEVER have to tell people you changed your address as they all have your professional address and never know it gets redirected.
This means you can, for example, include your professional address on business cards or other print items and the information never goes out of date because you can always redirect your mail to any address you use at the time. This can save you a fortune in time by not having to write to all your contacts to tell them you changed address!
If you have a website or online portfolio, have a look at our Web Forwarding advice which shows you how to connect your professional domain name to your site.
*Although this help page is based on setting up e-mail forwarding with a domain name registered at Heart Internet, the process is very similar with other domain companies, so just adapt the information here or search your chosen company’s help section for advice specific to them.