Don’t use your internet provider’s default email address for business

For that matter, I’d really like to see you stop using it for personal communication too!  It’s probably already too late, but hundreds, if not thousands of your contacts have been coming to know you as something@comcast.net or something@sbcglobal.com.  What happens when you want to change providers?  You have to change email addresses.  If it’s just for personal use, go grab a free account at gmail.com, hotmail.com, or yahoo.com.  Then forward all your mail from your current address to that new one.  If you have a company or a brand to represent, you should be using yourname@yourcompany.com.  If you’re a really big deal, perhaps your name IS your brand.  In that case register a domain like yourlastname.com, and start using yourfirstname@yourlastname.com as your email address.

As an added benefit, you’ll enjoy better redundancy.  If you’re currently pulling all your mail OFF the server and into something like Outlook or Thunderbird, you’ll lose all your mail if you lose your computer for any reason.  (Fire, flood, theft)…