Last week I attended my first blogger meet up hosted by the Southern Blog Society! As if my nerves weren't already bad (remember I am a HUGE introvert!) I remembered about 3 hours before the event was supposed to start that I didn't have any business cards! Like not a single one! Any type of networking opportunity is an awesome way to meet like minded people in your area but to also a great way to promote your business & what you do. So I definitely didn't wan't to go unprepared!
Since I obviously couldn't order a complete set of new cards, I decided to take the quick DIY route! They were super easy to create & came out really cute so I wanted to share how I made them happen in under an hour & for less than $5.
MAKE A QUICK SKETCH
Before I design anything, I have to be able to play around with it on paper first. I've used the hexagon shape on the blog a few times so I figured it would be really cute to incorporate that into my card. You can also create a standard size business card which is 3.5 x 2 inches.
ADD IN THE DETAILS
So what exactly should go onto your business card? Don't forget this is how people you meet will be able to go back later to see what you do and get in touch with you, so provide all of the info they may need!
- Your Name
- Email Address
- Phone Number (optional)
- Social media username (luckily all of my social media accounts match so I just put @TheAlishaNicole to save space)
Don't forget that with branding you should stay consistent across everything that you use to promote your business. On your business card, if possible use the same or similar colors and fonts that can be found on your website.
I designed my cards using photoshop but you can definitely create them with free services like PicMonkey as well!
To get started create a new document at your desired card size. My hexagon cards are about 3.5 x 3.5 inches. Small enough to stick in your wallet but big enough to be easily noticed out of a bunch. Once you have designed a card that you love, save it as a JPEG.
PUT multiple cards on one sheet
Next, open up a blank document in Microsoft Publisher or Word and place the image of your business card on the sheet. If you made your card small enough, you should be able to fit at least four of them on one sheet. When you're done, save it as a Publisher, Word or PDF file onto a jump drive. (Or email it to yourself. Most office supply stores will let you pull up your email to print things off)
Go Print It Off
Now that you have your design complete it is time to have them printed off. I wen't to Office Depot to print mine but you can do the same at Staples or your local office supply store.
If you're going the DIY route I'm going to assume that you don't need a ton of cards at the moment. Have about 4 or 5 pages of your business card printed on thick matte card stock paper. It is a little lighter than typical business card paper but still looks very professional at an affordable price. I printed off four pages of my business cards (4 cards per page = 16 business cards) just enough to get me through a small event and it cost me under $5 (and I printed in color!) Depending on what you need them for you may need to print more or less.
After you have the sheets printed. Grab a pair of scissors and cut out your cards! And VIOLA! You have just made yourself some pretty new business cards! There are a ton of things that you can create yourself versus have them professionally made for your business or blog! I even DIY the thank you cards that I send out with all of my orders from Early August. If you are just starting out or need something in a hurry, don't be afraid to tackle it yourself!