Google recently discontinued the free version of Google Apps for small businesses. Previously, you can use Google Apps for your small startup business for free (up to 10 users).
However, now, there is only the premium version, Google Apps for Business, which includes:
- 24/7 phone support for any issue,
- 25GB inbox, and
- 99.9% uptime guarantee with the price of $50/user/year.
You still can sign up on a 30-day free trial if you want to test Google apps out. But if want to try out Google Apps for your business for the long term, there is a simple solution to sign up for Google Apps for yourself (1 user), and for free.
Recommended Reading: Beginners Guide To Setting Up Google Apps Email
Signing Up Google App For Free
Here’s how to sign up Google Apps for free via Google App Engine.
Sign up a Google account.
After that, sign in appengine.google.com with your Google Account. Click on "Create Application" to proceed.
Fill in the requested information with dummy data and click "Create Application" to proceed.
In “Application Registered Successfully” page, click on “dashboard” text link.
In dashboard, look for "Application Settings" on the left panel and click on it.
Under "Domain Setup" section, click on the Add Domain… button.
Now you will be able to see a link named Sign up for Google Apps Standard. Click on it to sign up Google Apps for free.
You’ll be redirected to a sign up page where you’re allowed to get started with Google Apps for free.
With the steps above, you can sign up Google Apps for free, but only for 1 user. It is a pretty useful workaround to use Gmail or other services to fit your business with your custom email address.