More and more items from bills to invites are being delivered electronically by email. It is an easy and convenient form of communication that is most of the time free. Many internet providers give you an address when you sign up for a plan. If you are new to the email game or if you need a new one and forget how to obtain one, here are a few steps on how to set one up.

Pick a Provider

To start out creating an account, you will need to determine which provider you wish to use. If you are doing this for your business, you might reach out to one of your local IT networking companies to help you set this up for you and your employees. However, if you are doing this for your personal use, you will need to decide which platform works best for you. Each one has its advantages so reading what options the email provider has can help you figure out which is best for your needs.

Open Your Account

Once you have determined which platform you wish to use, you will need to look for the option to sign up for an account. This is typically found on the “sign in” screen for those who use that particular brand. Beneath the “email address” and “password” field, there should be a button for “start a new account”. Once you click on that, it will redirect you to a screen that asks for your name and other personal information. It will most likely also ask you to agree to the company’s terms and conditions. If you are confused on how to sign up for an account, most major email providers offer detailed instructions for you to follow.

All In a Name

Once your account is open, you will need to come up with an email address. This can be as simple as your name or as fun as your favorite hobby or nickname. The option for your user name can be anything you want but be certain it is easy for you to remember. Also, you will want to be prepared that your first or second choice might not be available. A  few numeric options, periods, underscores and other sorts of symbols can make your chosen username unique from the rest. Then once the provider accepts your username, pass along your email to others and start sending those messages.