To the left, is my first business card.
I designed them and got these printed when I was putting together a big presentation for a specific company. I thought that hey, if this goes through, I will need some to give out. I don’t want to scribble my details on a piece of paper (that I probably won’t have been able to find).
So said, so done.
The job came through. It was photography for an event. Approximately 80% of persons who I spoke to that evening asked for one. And yes, some of them did contact me following the event. I too, had asked for business cards from them, and they gave me theirs.
Since then, I had realized that this investment was well worth it, and will continue to be. I have never allowed myself to run out of them. I have quite a few left from my most recent set.
FREE BUSINESS CARD TIPS
Design them and print them out. I personally design them myself and print them using VistaPrint.
Keep the text legible, and big enough. I once printed a batch where the text was too small. :(
Always keep some on you along with everyday carry. My safe number is 5.
When you go to an event, especially if you’re taking part, hold at least 20.
Hold some in the vehicle as well. Just in case you run out, or if you’re in the vehicle, it may be easier to get them there than deep inside your bag.
I have gotten both matte cards and glossy cards made, and I prefer the matte. The receiver could write on the back (if it’s blank) or the card itself. The feel of the matte is more real, imo.
BONUS TIP: Have a digital copy of your business card.
I once included my digital card in a slideshow of a presentation that I did on Arts & Business. Cool, right? :)
Feel free to share your thoughts, or to give additional advice to persons who are interested in this topic.