It may seem counterintuitive to move your businesses’ email from a free service to a paid, hosted solution. After all, why pay for something when you can get it for free? Yet, free services often don’t include the features that growing businesses need for security, customization, and more.

Paid, hosted email on the other hand, avoids the shortcomings of free services, giving your business the best tools, security features, and more time to focus on what you do best.

Other than missing out on important business and sales opportunities, free email can cost you in more ways that one.

Below are four signs it’s time to rethink your email service.

You need more out of your email

Your technology should be working to help grow your business. Free email services are typically built for noncommercial users, rather than businesses. Professional email (one using your domain name) adds credibility, saves time, helps team building, and ultimately builds trust.

A paid, hosted email service will allow your business to support custom email addresses and domains, provide easy accessibility across devices, and give the users an ad-free experience.

You need advanced capabilities

Most individuals using a free email service for personal use can get by with the barebones features such as messaging, while businesses usually require something more robust to increase productivity.

Some more advanced capabilities offered in a paid service include inbox management for organization and customization. This feature allows employees to focus on what’s important rather than sift through the clutter.

You need better security

It should be a given that a growing business has security needs that free email services just can’t meet. Business-class, hosted email is built to protect sensitive information, so you can rest easy knowing your data is secure.

Other security features include better protection in the form of anti-spam and anti-malware filtering, plus multi-factor authentication for secure sign-ins.

You need control

The workplace is changing, and employees need access to calendar features on-the-go. Powerful calendar options offered in hosted email services give employees better control of their work and stay on top of their busy schedules.

Create meetings from any mobile device and gain full visibility into your invitee’s schedules so you can adjust on the fly, from any device.

Interested in learning more about hosted email services? Contact Miken today!