Business Cards: What Can’t They Do?

One of the best things about being an adult is the fact that you suddenly need business cards. I remember interviewing at NSB and thinking to myself, Man. What I wouldn’t give to have my name on one of those!

Alas, assistants do not get business cards. So what did I do? I made my own! MOO is a really great resource for those of you also in need of these handy dandy networking tools. You can pick from hundreds of pre-made designs (which are gorgeous, not tacky, like a lot of other sites), or upload your own. For $28 bucks you get more than enough cards to go around. They also save your order so if you run out, you can simply buy more. There are also some really great shops on Etsy that will customize business cards for you, and if you’ve got the money to spend, The Mandate Press makes me drool. Card Observer also offers links to numerous sites that will help you with all your business card needs. (It’s also just pretty to look at.)

The thing about business cards is that they’re a vital tool, one you want in your pocket at all times (literally and figuratively). You’re undoubtedly going to meet people through your work, whether it’s at a conference or over drinks. You don’t want to be the person writing your number on a napkin or scrap of toilet paper in the hopes of setting up a future lunch date with someone. Especially if it’s business related! So order those cards and keep them in your purse/wallet for those special occasions when you need to make a good impression.

Another great way to utilize business cards? Advertising. Sure, they’re meant to advertise you, but why not take it a step further? I’ve seen authors print up business cards to promote their books. Slap an image of the cover on there, the publication date, and a little teaser and you’re good to go. (I’ve also seen people use them as Save the Date cards, as well as graduation invites.) Convenient, cheap, and effective!

An important thing to remember, though, is to make sure your card is aesthetically pleasing. You don’t want one that’s too busy, or distracts from the information on it. It’s one of the main reasons I like MOO’s so much, in that they’re pretty but streamlined. Sure, some of them are a little out there, but there are certain people and businesses where that’s totally fine. Me, I tend to like my business cards on the simple side, and created my own design after browsing numerous sites. You want something that represents who you are, but doesn’t scream at the person holding it.

Key information you may want to include:
Your name
Email address
Phone number
Website/Blog
Twitter account (I’ve been seeing this more and more lately)

What about you guys? What sites have you used when making/ordering business cards? Any recommendations?

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