I've noticed that many attorneys have their own websites, but still use e-mail addresses through yahoo, gmail, hotmail and other free e-mail services. It's understandable, since paying for e-mail under your own website's domain can be costly.
But there is a FREE solution for solos and small firms to look more professional. Google Apps can be set up under your own domainname to give you up to 10 professional e-mail addresses that are gmail-based. All you need to get started is a gmail account (set one up for free even if you don't use it).
I actually use this app myself, because it's easy to set up and maintain. Even if you're a one-person operation, you can use the extra accounts for other things.
For example, you can have:
- Separate e-mail addresses for each area of law you practice;
- Separate e-mail addresses for members of your staff;
- Generic e-mail addresses for independent contractors (e.g., Independent Contractor1@johnsmithlaw.com), where you change the password if you need to find someone else; or,
- Separate e-mail addresses to keep yourself organized (e.g. email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org; etc.)
What's your experience with Google Apps? Let us know!
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