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Getting An Email Address
Securing an email address is easy. The mere fact that you're visiting this site would indicate that you already have an email address. The reason for this is simple. When you sign up with an Internet Service Provider (ISP) to access the internet, they usually provide you with an email address as well (plus some free web space).

However, there is one serious drawback with such an email address. Just as with a web address, you need to ensure total portability. If you begin passing out the email address supplied to you by your current ISP and you suddenly decide to change ISP's, the email address will no longer function unless of course you still maintain an account with your old ISP.

Therefore the email address you decide to use needs to be portable and long term. Fortunately, there are plenty of email address providers, so the issue of portability is easily addressed. We've listed a number of the most popular email address providers in the
Resource Centre.

A major issue you also need to be aware of in using email is that all your visitors and current/potential customers will expect a fairly prompt response. Usually the same day or within one working day. Checking your emails once a week is just not going to be acceptable. If you're not online regularly, then you need to establish some way of having someone else check your emails for you. There really is no away around this unless you invite your visitor/customers to phone or fax - possibly a good option when doing business locally.

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