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When starting a new company with a website, is it more professional to use an email in the format email@mydomain.com rather than email@gmail.com? Why would it make a difference? I took a look at the post found here so now I know what to put before the @ sign, but I'd like to know which domain to use.

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    You can use gmail as your domain email source. But, I think your company should have a distinct company email name. Going with Google risks (1) looking rinky-dink (small time), and (2) what do you do when (ok, if) you become successful - do you still use Gmail for everyone? – Jon Custer Jul 13 '16 at 20:54
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    If ease of usage suggests Gmail to you why not setup a mail server on your domain and have the address redirect to gmail. That way you get the appearance of a larger organization. – JasonJ Jul 13 '16 at 20:59
  • We used to laugh out loud in the early 2000's when someone handed out a business card with an AOL.com address on it. What do you think people will think of you if you hand them a "Zabari09394@Gmail.com" business card today? – Wesley Long Jul 13 '16 at 22:24
  • I can promise you it is not worth having email not the same as your business, so yes it is professional to have your email as your domain. – maytham-ɯɐɥʇʎɐɯ Jul 13 '16 at 22:44
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    Seriously, the indicated duplicate is no duplicate. That question is about an person with an resume, this question is about a business. – Resigned Jul 14 '16 at 20:33
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If you have a business using email on your own domain is basically a requirement. No one is going to take you seriously if you're using a free email account to run your business.

If you like the ease-of-use of Gmail, and want their spam protection and other features, you can get Google Apps and use your domain in Gmail: https://apps.google.com

Don't setup forwarders or anything like that, because when you reply it's going to show as coming from your Gmail account. It's $5/user/month to do it right.

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So you have a company and a domain name but you want to use gmail.

You will look like you are not a company and do not have a domain name.
Is that really what you want?

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Other people have answered this question, but not in a broad enough sense.

If you purchase a domain from a domain registrar, you can host it and have email associated with that domain name. For example, you purchase mydomain.com. You can have a website at www.mydomain.com and have email addresses like me@mydomain.com.

Most domain registrars are hosting provider can set this up for you. Your hosting provider can be Google, or just about any other ISP/hosting provider out there. You dont even have to have the website and the email hosted by the same provider. However, having one provider does make life a little easier.

I do agree having an email associated with your domain is more professional. While there is nothing inherently wrong with mycompany@gmail.com, some people will think you are a very small company.

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Why don't you do both? Google offers this service:

https://apps.google.com/products/gmail/

EDIT: Or, are you saying you WANT to only use gmail? In that case, bad idea - a company should have company email.

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