One of the things that slows down most small businesses (raises hand) is keeping atop e-mail.

When you’re pulling in 100+ e-mails a day (not counting the “enlarge your _______” or “help your local African dictator launder _____” missives), you can quickly lose your e-mail edge, which can have disastrous consequences for your business. To many perspective customers or clients, e-mail is the first real contact they have with your company after seeing your Website/storefront, and leaving them hanging for the better part of a week waiting for a response is not the impression you want to leave them with.

Lifehacker has a list of ten e-mail tips up that is well worth the read. We’ll give you a taste with #7: