If you want to be taken seriously, a professional email address is necessary.

You might love your old AIM address from high school, but if your clients, partners, or other professional contacts receive an email from “[email protected],” there’s a good chance it’ll go straight into the trash.

That said, coming up with a professional address isn’t always easy. To help you figure out how to set up a professional email address for your business, I tried a handful of the top email address generators available today.

Below, I’ll go through some of the most important do’s and don’ts I’ve learned throughout my marketing career before walking you through three of my favorite email name-generation tools.