I personally think either one works. You will probably receive different opinions on this. I am curious what the other FCC campers have to say. But the bottom line is that is has to be simple and professional whatever choice you make.
You could also look at the suggestions through this reddit thread on email addresses in the group called Freelance.
and if gmail is unprofessional for work, so is there free method to get email like firstname.lastname@example.org ?
because I do not have domain like that. and my facebook page name is not my name. its name is like a company name or website name.
You shouldn’t be a freelancer… shift your head space so you view yourself as a CEO of an agency. And if your agency is just you, that’s fine. So your email should be ‘email@example.com’ for example - you want your prospects and clients to trust you and if you are a freelancer, it has been my experience, a business owner won’t take a freelancer seriously. At least not serious enough to pay more than $750 USD for a website. You want to be charging at least $7500 USD for a website.
As for sending cold emails, DO NOT send your cold emails from your main email address. What I mean is your email (using the example above) of firstname.lastname@example.org needs to be protected so it doesn’t hit spam. So buy a cheap domain and create an email address of ‘email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org’ to protect the sender reputation of your main email and Google/Gmail won’t throttle you. When you create that email (for cold emails) first thing to do is email 10 friends/family members and get their responses. This ‘warms up’ the email address and won’t be snagged by Google’s spam parameters
Remember to put a proper signature in your emails and have a good hook as the subject line for a good open rate around 30%.
I think as a freelancer you shouldn’t fall into the “everything cheap”-mindset.
This is an investment.
People buy from you because they trust you.
I wouldn’t trust a person who is not willing to invest $10 per year for a domain.