This will be short and sweet. Please, all you international solopreneurs out there, do yourselves a HUGE favor and get yourself a email address that doesn't end with @aol.com, @hotmail.com, @yahoo.com, @gmail.com, etc, etc, etc. Except for the aol email address, of which I used to have years ago, I still have all of the above active. And I am a heavy user of my gmail account. But when it comes to my business card, I use my @crm-essentials email address.
It just looks so much more professional to have an email account that isn't free, because it makes it appear like your business isn't really all that serious. And it costs next to nothing to get a professional domain these days. In fact, you can get a free domain when you sign up for something like Microsoft Office Live.
Our most recent guest on the radio show was Microsoft's marketing director for Office Live, Michael Schultz. Please, please, PLEASE listen to this if you're even remotely interested in understanding the importance of getting a professional web presence for yourself. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised at how easy and inexpensive it is now to upgrade your image with a nice website and professional email address. Also check out the first segment discussing this year's Small Business Summit taking place in New York next month. Enjoy!