I’ve been a little busy this week with a few behind-the-scenes things. One of those is making business cards for myself!
This is exciting to me because while I’ve had business cards before, I’ve never had business cards with “Author” as my job title. I’m starting to feel a little more official!
Something happened in the saving/uploading process that makes the words on my business card look a little grainy, but I promise that they’re perfectly clear in person.
These business cards were actually fairly easy to make and I’m not a techy person or a graphic designer, so if I can figure out how to make professional business cards, I know that you can too!
Note: If you don’t have the time, desire, or needed items to create your own business cards, try using a website like Vistaprint.
Items Needed to Create Business Cards:
- Publisher (preferable) or Word (acceptable in a pinch)
- Access to a color printer
- Business card paper
How to Make Your Own Business Cards:
Publisher has a few nice business cards templates already installed, but for these cards, I opted to choose a FREE business card template from the Avery website.
Avery only had the option to download the business card templates into a word document, so I did that, then deleted the text boxes, copied the background image, and pasted the background into a business card template in Publisher.
Creating the business cards in Word would have been okay, but it doesn’t allow much room for customization. I wanted to be able to place things exactly where I wanted and Publisher allowed that.
I also added four text boxes – one for my name and title, a second for my mission statement, a third for my websites, and a fourth for my e-mail address. This allowed me to be able to move the text around and change colors/sizes until I thought it looked good.
Then I just saved the file and printed the cards onto business card paper on a color printer!
- Keep it simple. If you’re not a graphic designer, don’t spend a lot of time trying to design amazing business cards. Choose a pre-designed template or make plainer cards (Bonus: having a white background will also save on ink costs).
- Include your name in a predominate color and location.
- If you have a logo, include that on the card. If not, that’s okay too. You can always modify your card later if you get a logo.
- Make sure to include your business name (I omitted this part because I felt that my name and “Author” was descriptive enough).
- Add your job title under your name.
- Include contact information. At the very least, an e-mail address. Phone number and business address are optional, depending on your audience.
- Make sure to include a website they can go to for more information if at all possible. Your blog or Facebook page would be good web addresses to include (I chose both for my cards).
- Think about one additional thing you really want the reader to know about your business, and include only that on the business card. For example, I chose to share my short mission statement. Some people share a brief list of the main services they offer.
- Don’t bog the card down with too much information. The idea is to make the reader want to learn more about your business without overloading the card or the other person.
- Experiment. I’ve made business cards before and I always create at least two or three very different designs before settling on a favorite one to tweak until I feel that it’s just right.
If you’d like to make business cards and need a little extra help, leave a comment or e-mail me with your questions and I’ll do my best to offer good assistance!