Who hasn’t hit “send” on an email and then immediately regretted it? To err, after all, is human, and being able to quickly “unsend” an email with a major blooper may be the closest thing to time travel any of us will experience. Small business owners – and basically anyone who has ever sent a business email with an error – can now breathe a sigh of relief, as Google recently launched its “Undo Send” feature in Gmail’s main settings.

Still, before you start sending those emails out with abandon, realize that using the “undo send” button as a crutch is never the best business practice. Consider instead the possibility of avoiding awkward email mistakes all together. Want to know how? We’ll tell you:

Think before you type.
In the rush of everyday, you might find your fingertips working faster than your brain. Take a moment to think about exactly what message you need to convey in this email. Of course, for emails with more importance, take even more time. You might consider writing an outline elsewhere first. A first draft gives you the chance to tweak and edit anything that you might regret later.

Admit it, in the hopes of clearing your inbox swiftly, you don’t give what you’ve written a second look. You’re not alone. Dashing off emails, even from mobile phone or tablets, has become second nature to most. Make a practice of re-reading anything you’ve written before hitting “send,” so you can correct grammar, spelling, and other flubs.

Consult someone else.
Don’t go and hire an email editor. But if you are writing an important email – especially one that will go out to customers, such as your weekly marketing campaign newsletters, have someone else on your team read it over. A second pair of eyes can spot errors that you’ve missed. Another person also can offer input on the tone and message the note will convey.

Put off hitting send.
This is an old trick poets and novelists often suggest. Saving a draft gives you the chance to return to the email with fresh eyes later. You’ll be amazed at the changes you will make even after a few hours away from a document. Of course, it’s not always possible, but consider the option when it is.

Use templates and technology to your advantage.
Nowadays, you should use every tool of convenience offered to you. That includes spell check, email signatures, and templates that feature logos and evergreen links. Each email should be on message and promote your brand even in the subtlest of ways. And templates and signatures give you the possibility of always including correct contact information and company logos and mottos.

Be nice.
Never write anything in an email that you wouldn’t want your mother and every customer you have to read. Those who are genuine in person and on paper – err, on screen – usually win the day.

What do you do to avoid embarrassing email errors?