Starting and Running a Small Business – Domain and EMail
Getting an email address with your Company’s domain in it is one of the first things you should do if you want your small business to be taken seriously.
You certainly won’t be taken as seriously if you have to tell someone your business’s email address is email@example.com.
You’ll come off much better if you can tell them your email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
A custom domain will also be useful if you want to create a business website.
In this post, I show you how to get a domain and set up your business email using the most popular tool on the web for doing this; Google’s G Suite.
What is Google G Suite?
G Suite is a comprehensive set of cloud computing, productivity and collaboration tools offered by Google.
GMail, Google Drive, Google Docs and Google Calendar are just some of the tools included.
While there are free consumer versions of most of these tools available, the G Suite package includes the ability to customize your email address using your domain and provides more storage on Drive.
All of this is provided for a very affordable price.
Get a free 14-day trial of G Suite by clicking here after you take a look at how I set up a G Suite account for Embarkment Salon, the example business used throughout The Embarkment’s Guide to Starting and Running a Small Business.
Links Used in This Post
Click on the Google G Suite Link above and you’ll be taken to a welcome page.
During the registration process, you’ll also be able to register a domain name for your email and website if you don’t already have one.
G Suite currently offers a 14-day completely free trial period.
No credit card is required to take advantage of the trial so you can test out the tools that are included in G Suite completely risk-free.
Once you click “Start Your Free trial and “Get Started”, you will be asked to enter your business name and number of employees, the country your business is located and a current email address for sending a confirmation once you complete your registration.
At this point, you are asked if you already have a domain name registered.
If you do, you will provide information about your domain in the next step.
Embarkment Salon does not.
I search for Embarkmentsalon.com and discover it is available so I secure that domain name.
On the next pages you will enter your business address and phone number and the account administrator’s name.
Set up what you want your username to be for your account.
This is often just your first name if you are a small business.
Then select a password.
You’ll be asked to confirm you are not a robot and you will be good to go.
Your G Suite account will be created.
The next step is to purchase your domain name.
On the next couple of pages you will be presented with your purchase options and will provide payment information for your domain.
After providing this information you will be taken to a confirmation page and will be nearly complete setting up your G Suite account and domain.
The last step is to confirm you intend to register the domain name you just purchased.
Check the email address you listed as your personal address during this registration process.
After confirming your domain registration in the email you received you should be able to access all of the tools provided with your G Suite account.
And you will get to test them out for free for up to 14 days before you need to submit payment information.
After you’ve reviewed the example above and signed up for your own G Suite account, you can reference these free resources for more help with getting started with your G Suite account.
Quick Start Guide, by Google
Setup, by Google
The Ultimate Guide to G Suite, by Zapier
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