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Previously published at Pulp Sushi, April 2015

Today I want to share a friendly tip that some of you may not know about which could come in handy...

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You may be wondering if it's okay to use a Gmail address for your business or should you set up a "me@mybusiness.com" email.  

I don't have a problem with either one but some experts say that if you want a professional presence, it's better to have your domain name email so you look legit.  Here is how to manage your domain email through your Gmail account. 

I get it, checking different inboxes can be a pain in the neck.  If you have a Gmail account, not only can you forward the email to your Gmail, but you can respond (in Gmail) using your Domain email, here's a screenshot from my Gmail: 

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Pulpsushi.com is hosted by GoDaddy and that includes a few email addresses, I think five but I've been with them for a very long time so that may have changed.  I like to streamline everything as much as possible. I can't be signing in to GoDaddy to check pulpsushi.com emails because I forget and it will sit there forever.  So it all goes to my Gmail inbox. 

In Gmail, go to Settings > Accounts and Imports, this is how my Settings appear:

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As you can see, my default email is actually "marilyn@pulpsushi.com", not even my Gmail address. Not only can you add email addresses, but you can have Gmail check your other email addresses, that is how the emails are forwarded to your account. 

When I get an email to marilyn@pulpsushi.com, I have the option to respond using the same email address or switch to my Gmail account (see above).  There is a drop down arrow next to the "From" field in the email window where you can select which return email address to use.

Sometimes I switch to my Gmail because some inboxes are weird with domain emails. I have a friend who if I email them using the pulpsushi.com address, they won't get it but they will get my Gmail email.  Some inboxes have their filters set up differently so it's nice to have that option and not get lost in someone's spam folder.  There you have it, easy-peasy! 

Do you keep a separate inbox for business and personal? Any email management tricks you have?

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