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Tips for Creating BUSINESS CARDs Online: Design Ideas + Inspiration

Ideas & inspiration for creating a memorable business card: Let’s face the facts here: if your business card is bland, it could “accidentally” end up in your potential employer’s garbage bin on top of their leftover lasagna. And we all know that the lasagna wasn’t appetizing if there are still leftovers from last week.

You want your business card to stand out; even if it only has the dimensions of a standard printed card that is 3.5 X 2 inches. Allow every word, blank space, color, shape, and font to add meaning to your overall personal brand.

Your business cards should be professional and represent the quality of your work. So, don’t get caught with a business card that appears to be designed by your three-year-old niece who speaks English as a second language. That’s one way to diminish your credibility in 0.2 seconds.

Here are some ideas & inspiration for designing and printing your business cards online:


Small Fonts Won’t Work on Business Cards; Be Bold!

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Don’t make your business card recipients find the nearest magnifying class just to read the font. Select easy-to-read fonts. Vistaprint has templates that have preselected font types and sizes so you can preview your entire design as a proof online before ordering. Just be sure the type is clearly legible, even if tacked to a bulletin board.

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If you have Photoshop skills, or are a designer or photographer, consider making the entire design yourself and upload it. (why use a template if you are supposed to be creative for a living?)

Remember to export it at high-resolution, and know whether to export it at CMYK or RGB, depending on the printing service. Getting the color mode wrong might cause colors to shift unexpectedly.

Don’t Forget to Use the BACK of Your Business Card

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*Get 500 business cards for $10 + shipping at vistaprint.com – That’s cheap!

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Let’s say your business card is your personal real estate. How are you increasing your value by utilizing your space? Don’t leave the back of the business card blank; make sure that your business card makes a compelling statement no matter which side of the card viewers are looking at.

Idea: When designing business cards online, consider adding a powerful quote that ignites curiosity. Translate your cards to another language if you do business in other locations. Include a call to action. Vistaprint has folded card options that give you the space you need to increase your value in the marketplace.


Avoid Cheap-Looking, Flimsy, or “Free” Business Cards

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We are always on the search for the cheapest products on the market, but the last word you want to be associated with in business is “cheap.” In fact, every day hundreds of people search for “free business cards” on Google. I have to wonder who is buying them, and for what purpose?

Trying to save money by printing your cards on inexpensive flimsy business card paper stocks may be costing you more money than you think–and diminishing the quality of your brand.

Your business cards reflect you: cheap-looking business cards cheapen your professional image, and some free business cards even have the company’s logo on the back; yikes!

The very weight of your business card paper has an impact on the way you’re perceived. If you want to leave a positive impression on potential clients, choose a solid and professional template on top-quality paper stock to show that your business is well-grounded and prepared for success.

If you want to save money, choose “premium” business cards from printing services like Vistaprint, then use a coupon. Besides, by the time you pay for shipping on the free business cards, you’re not even saving that much money. There’s a big difference between being frugal and cheap; save the free business cards for dropping into fish-bowls to win free lunches!

*Speaking of saving money, remember that as freelancer or independent contractor, your business cards are a tax deduction! 


Tip: Include Your LinkedIn Vanity URL on Your Business Cards

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Have you claimed your vanity URL name on LinkedIn? If you haven’t, your LinkedIn URL probably looks like a foreign language; a sequence of letters and numbers that have no meaning to others.

Create a unique LinkedIn URL that can be added to your business card. Just edit your LinkedIn profile and claim your URL within seconds. Most customized URLs will look like this, “www.linkedin.com/in/firstnamelastname.” Your LinkedIn profile says more about you than a five-minute interaction that you may have with strangers.

And, if people are intrigued by your business card, they will want to find other ways to connect with you.  (Hmmm… Not sure about using a QR code on business cards? Maybe consider printing one on the back.) 


Idea: Design Your Business Cards w/ a Vertical Orientation

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A horizontal layout is conventional, and might ultimately be the best design option, but consider a vertical layout. It’s different, modern, and will get more attention. Remember, the goal here is to stand out from the competition!


Consider Adding a Professional Photo to Your Business Cards

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A pleasant photo immediately catches the eye. If you have taken professional business photos that capture the essence of your brand, add it to your business card. You’ll never have to worry about the business card users forgetting who you are five years down the line.

Do you sell a line of products, or have an online store? Consider including a product shot on your business cards.

Adding a photo to your business cards can also help establish trust, which is key in business areas like Law and Real Estate. When you order your business cards from a professional site, all you have to do is pick a design template, upload your photo, and you’re ready to go!


Make Your Business Card Design Appeal to the Eyes, & get honest feedback before printing

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Don’t have a professional photo or just don’t want to include it on your business cards? Don’t worry. You have other options. Your company logo may not be the captivating visual that will turn eyes your way, but you can appeal to others with pictures of your products or things you love. Vistaprint gives you the option to upload your favorite pictures to customize onto your card.

Also, get a second and third opinion on your potential design ideas. Designs that look good to you may not go over well with others, so look for honest feedback!


Go With a Top Discount Printing Service, Like Vistaprint

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*Get 500 business cards for $10 + shipping here at vistaprint.com

There are popular sites, such as VistaPrint.com, that allow you to create high quality business cards in less than 15 minutes. Vistaprint’s diverse selection of business card templates by industry will make yours stand out in a wallet full of other cards.

If you’re designing business cards online, Vistaprint has various paper styles such as metallic finish, extra thick paper stock, raised print UV, and spot glass UV, and offers free samples for you to see and feel in-person. If you want your business cards to be the main subject of conversations at a networking event, order professional business cards using these tips that will make your business card memorable:

Consider Pinterest for Business Card Design Examples & Inspiration

Sometimes the best hing to do is just look at what business card designs are out there, and see what looks good. Because everyone has different needs and design ideas, try just scrolling through a ton of designs on Pinterest. You can often even narrow your search results by industry:

Business card design inspiration on Pinterest.com

Post written by: Charlene Rhinehart
www.charlenerhinehart.com

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Vistaprint: Free Sample Kit – Business Cards, Postcards, Brochure

vistaprint coupon logo blueFree stuff from Vistaprint for your business – If you’re a small business considering printing marketing materials,it might help to get samples in your hands before putting together an order. In fact, a number of online printing services offer free samples, including Vistaprint.


*Note: These samples can’t be customized, as they are intended to demonstrate sizes, print quality, and paper stocks so that you make a better informed decision about future orders.

More About their Free Stuff for Businesses

The most helpful thing about the marketing materials from Vistaprint is that on the back of each item you’ll see the paper stock and printing options including paper weight and finish like this:

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So, They Replaced Their Free Business Cards Offer?

You might remember seeing Vistaprint’s famous offers for free business cards and other free stuff. Basically, you’d have to pay for shipping, and they would try to up-sell you on a number of items before you could checkout, and it was annoying.

They’ve decided it makes more sense to try to get ongoing customers who have a myriad of marketing needs like postcards & brochures, so this free sample kit for small businesses is a better solution. Also, unlike the previous offers it includes free shipping!

Here’s what the free sample business cards look like:

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New: Vistaprint 500 business cards for $9.99 or 100 economy business cards for $1.99 + shipping.

Free Postcards? I’m Interested!

The “10 free postcards” promotion is also extinct, (here’s their current coupon for postcards) but with this kit you get postcards of various sizes and finishes. In my free sample kit I got 5 postcards in various sizes, paper stock, and finishes. (see above)

Q: Can we mail these awesome free postcards to friends and family?
A: No, please don’t. That would be sad.

If you are ready to buy postcards, check out today’s coupon for postcards from Vistaprint

What Does Their Free Sample Kit Include?

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Free stuff?! Each business sample kit includes the following items printed with various paper stocks and finishes including:

  • 8 double-sided business cards (various paper stock, finish)
  • 4 standard postcards (glossy / matte finish)
  • 1 over-sized postcard
  • 1 free brochure
  • 20% off coupon

How Long Do the Free Samples Take to Deliver?

When you request free samples, Vistaprint tells you that you should get them in two weeks. Personally, I got mine delivered in exactly 6 business days!

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Vistaprint Business Cards: Here’s Why 500 for $10 is Better Than FREE

250 free business cards
vistaprint logo smallSo, having tried out both their “free” and “500 for $10” offers, I’m here to recommend the 500 for $10. which includes shipping. The extra couple of dollars can give you not only more design choices, but also a better product. Here are both promotions, as well as my thoughts.


Can you still get business cards for free from Vistaprint?

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There was a time not too long ago that you would have a few good options online for free business cards. Let me rephrase that: “free” business cards. People still continue to Google “free business cards” about 60,000 times each month, but they get more ads than actual results.

The top handful of discount printing companies including Vistaprint offered from between 50 and 250 for free, but as you know, there is no such thing as a free lunch in this world. These companies knew that offering business cards for free is a money-losing promotion, so there was always a catch of some sort.

Most of the time companies would double the actual cost of shipping to recoup their money, while others, including VistaPrint, would try to up-sell you with a number of offers and add-ons before you could complete your purchase.

Sample Designs of Vistaprint Business Cards

No such thing as a free lunch… or business cards

In fact, the gas station down the road from me offers “free coffee” all day long, so you get the idea. It’s a nice little gimmick to get people in the door, but that’s not how they keep the lights on, and it’s not the quality of coffee I’d bring home to my wife.

Anyway, discount printing companies figure that having your email address was worth something, and that a decent number of people would want to add something like matching address labels to their order from which they could make a few bucks. However, I don’t think that they ever got too far ahead on the business card giveaway offers, because now VistaPrint is almost alone in that space.

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Sample: one of their 45 free business card designs

Please try the “250 for $10” deal for business cards Instead!

If you’ve ever gotten VistaPrint’s free business cards, you’ll notice a couple of things. First, you don’t have a lot of template design options. There are usually 45 on their site, to be exact. Although we’ll give them credit for turning out a pretty good “free” product, the second thing that you’ll notice is that, because they are not “premium,” the card stock is a little cheaper, and on the back of each card you get a printed message saying, “Business cards are free at VistaPrint.com.”

This might not matter if you’re intent is to simply use these as “mommy cards” amongst friends, or if you are addicted to dropping your business card into fish bowls at restaurants to try to win contests. However, if you use business cards as part of your personal or business marketing effort, you probably don’t want to be thought of as the guy with the free business cards.

The difference in cost between 250 of their free business cards, and the 250 for $10 deal is only about 2 cents per card when you factor in shipping costs for the free ones. (In the current “250 for 10” offer, shipping is included) Bottom line is that their premium ones are still cheap, and the savings aren’t enough for me to justify choosing a less desirable product.

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Another sample from their 45 free designs

In any event, there are a number of design templates to choose from, allowing you to upload your own photo and customize with your own text.

Vistaprint offers free business cards, but I’ll gladly pay for premium ones

They have already phased out most of their free deals, and this is probably the only one that they still offer. I can’t personally recommend taking advantage of it though, as their “premium” ones only cost a couple of dollars more.

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