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Choosing Business Cards for your Home Business

by Mary Emma Allen on May 22nd, 2007

Most business people use business cards and often are at a quandry what design to choose.  There are many options for business cards, depending on your type of business and your personality.

Some people desire a traditional, conservative card.  Nowadays, many are selecting business cards that reflect artistic designs or something that relates in shape and colors to products they have in their business.

Alyson B. Stanfield, of Art Biz Blog, alerted me to a great selection of business card ideas pictured by Daily Poetics at Flickr.  You also can look at these as a slide show.

(Alyson credited Nicolette Talmadge of The Crafted Webmaster as the source for this particular information, in the post,  Business Card Design Inspiration.)

Many people also are making their own business cards these days.  If you do, make sure you get good quality card stock and that the ink doesn’t run when damp.  This latter, of course, causes the card to become blurry and unusable.  It also could result in staining  someone’s shirt pocket.  (My husband usually puts business cards in his pocket when he receives one.) 


Do you have some interesting business card ideas you use and would like to share with us? And reasons for choosing the one(s) you did.

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4 opinions for Choosing Business Cards for your Home Business

  • Matt Keegan
    May 22, 2007 at 3:07 pm

    I purchased a large order of business cards from Vista two years ago, 2500 cards to be precise. If I have used 150 of them to date, I’d be surprised.

    The design is certainly attractive but I am finding that since so many of my contacts are now online, that business cards are used so widespread.

    So, regardless of what card you choose — don’t over order. BTW, my email address has since changed making the cards outdated already!

  • Mary Emma
    May 22, 2007 at 5:50 pm

    Good Advice, Matt. Order in smaller lots because much can change in business, life, and technology.
    That’s one advantage of making your own. You print them as you need them and make changes as they occur. Then if you find you aren’t using so many, you aren’t out a large investment.
    For instance, right now, I have to make a change in the card I use as an author. My web site has changed. However, since my husband prints these for me, I only have about 20 that I can’t use.

  • Alyson B. Stanfield
    May 27, 2007 at 7:57 pm

    Thanks for the mention, Mary Emma. I’m with Matt. I hardly ever use business cards. I do love to receive a big surprise in a card though. Something that doesn’t look like everyone else’s. It’s the artist in me, I suppose.

  • Mary Emma
    May 28, 2007 at 9:00 am

    Thanks, Alyson, for your input. I think it depends on whether one’s business is primarily on the Internet these days. I can see where business cards will become used less and less. So it would be a good idea for people to consider getting smaller quantities.

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