Whether you’re starting your own business or you’re just looking for some fresh ways to network, business cards can be a great way to get your name out there. They add a professional touch to your business interactions while also making sure potential clients have quick access to your contact information.
But what if buying your business cards is burning a hole in your budget? Fortunately, there are a few solutions which can help you save while still allowing your career to blossom. Here are some of the top ways to get customized business cards without overspending.
Discounted Printing Services
To make sure you always have a supply of stylish business cards, keep your eye out for discounts through online printing services. While many of these deals sound like they’d be too good to be true, in many cases you actually can get hundreds of business cards for an amazing low price – especially when you wait for a deal. For example, popular business card printer Vistaprint regularly offers 500 customized business cards at a rate of $9.99. They also offer huge semi-annual sales where you can get deep discounts on custom printing projects like these.
And guess what? You don’t always have to use the same service. That means you can go to a different website (such as Moo or GotPrint) to get your next set of business cards depending on who has the best promotions. First-time customer promotions are particularly common with these services, so you’ll likely be able to find a great deal every time you order. Sign up for the e-newsletters from these businesses to keep tabs on when the big sales are happening.
DIY Business Cards
If you’re the type who isn’t afraid to take on a hands-on project, consider crafting your very own business cards at home. This is a great way to make cards on an as-needed basis so you don’t have stacks of unused cards just lying around. To get started, you need blank business cards. These can be pre-cut cards or any sturdy cardstock that you cut into the shape of your choosing. Being able to get creative with shapes and sizes is another benefit of making your own business cards.
The trick to DIY business cards is skipping the printing. While ordering from an online printing service can be a great deal, printing cards yourself will be costly. That’s because ink for personal printers is incredibly overpriced. You’ll quickly go through ink cartridges costing $30 to $50 a piece, which negates the financial benefits of making your own business cards.
So to make sure you still save, opt for another method. Here are some of the most cost-effective options:
- Stamps: Getting a custom stamp made is pretty affordable these days (watch for deals on Groupon and Etsy).
- Embosser: A hand embosser is a little more expensive than a custom stamp, but it can be used over and over again to create business cards that look very high-end.
- Stickers: Custom stickers are cheap to have made and make it easy to create business cards on the fly.
Digital Business Cards
Sometimes, a physical business card isn’t even necessary. After all, we use our computers and phones for most of our business interactions these days. Therefore, a digital business card allows you to share contact information without the traditional expense of a printed card.
First, you’ll need to select a program for making and sharing your digital business card (also known as an electronic business card, virtual business card or paperless business card). There are countless programs available for this today, so take your time to find one that suits your needs and your budget. Many are available as free phone apps, such as SnapDat, beamMe and Fliq. Usually, apps like these allow you to customize the look of your card by choosing a color, adding a logo or selecting a font. Find out if there’s a particular app that’s widely used in your industry before choosing which one to use for your business card.
Another option you may want to explore is email. There are services like Dropcard which let you create a virtual business card. To send someone your info, just enter their email address and your virtual business card is sent to them instantly.
If you usually exchange business cards at conferences and other in-person meetings, consider a text messaging system for sending your virtual business card. For example, Contxts allows you create a digital business card. To get your info, just have someone you meet text your username to the number 50500. They’ll instantly receive your contact info via text. You can also send your business card directly to a new contact via text. It’s a quick and easy way to make an impressive while networking, and the service is free.
Consider using one of these methods to get business cards and grow your business without blowing your budget.