You’d think it wouldn’t be all that hard for Google to get people to use Google — and you’d probably be right. This $15-per-person referral deal that Google writes about on its enterprise blog has to do with you getting someone to use Google’s business-centered suite of online apps — fittingly called Google Apps for Business — at work.
It also means that the workplace that’ll be using Google Apps will be paying $5 a month per user or more, depending on the setup. The $5-per-month account comes with custom email addresses — basically you log into Gmail but your email address is JohnDoe@JimmysUltimateHoagieandSnackShack.com instead of JohnDoe@gmail.com, for instance — along with 30 gigabytes of cloud storage per user and some other niceties like support and an uptime guarantee.
You’ll also need to sign up for the referral program, which entails furnishing your tax ID number and bank account to Google so you can get paid, and the program only works in the U.S. and Canada. You need to be semi-serious about this, in other words, but if you find yourself giving business owners advice about how they should set up their IT, this program could put some extra cash in your pocket.
Introducing the Google Apps Referral Program [Official Google Enterprise Blog]