Call me a bad business woman, but I haven't had actual business cards for the past two years. Ridiculous! So in hopes of becoming somewhat official, I worked on a simple design, just for starters. I printed these at home on cardstock and handcut them. The cuts aren't perfect (it might be time to invest in a paper cutter), but I'm pretty pleased with the design. I'm especially a fan of the black and white stripes on the back of the cards. It just gives it an extra kick of personality, don't you think?
The actual cards will most likely be printed professionally, since that would save me in time, paper, and ink. However, it is nice to have a backup method, just in case I unexpectedly run out. Even as an artist, one should focus on the professionalism that a brand reflects. A great card can work as a fantastic ice breaker, add to your network, and encourage new clients to visit your site.
Cards aren't just for businesses either! For example, mommy cards are a great way for mothers to connect for future playdates. It doesn't just have to be for moms either. Why not have personalized cards to hand out at parties or chance meetings? Giving each other info to type into a cell phone takes some time and is prone to human error. It is so much easier to just hand your new friend a card with all your info on it.
I usually go to Vistaprint for my printing needs, mainly because I'm always getting coupons for their site. However, if you are looking for a more personal option, Shutterfly has a huge variety of calling cards. Tiny Prints is at a higher price point, but has many eye-catching styles!
Which company is your go-to for printing?