Make A Perfect Business Card
The rapid rise of networking online has changed the way we build our career circles. But in-person introductions still rule the networking world, and business cards are its king.
Done right, a good business card can be a powerful branding tool that encourages the person receiving it to deepen your professional connection, through social media or email. It's still the timeles piece to in-person connectivity, and it deserves the same consideration you put into your resume or cover letter.
While it's possible to exchange information online, when you meet people in person at networking events, conferences or by chance, you need business cards. If you're in a professional business, having that tangible takeaway is still a best practice.
So what makes a good business card?
Below, you'll find four examples of the most popular type of business cards,
Whichever route you choose, consider spending a few extra bucks on a card case to help lug them around. A business card is your introduction to the professional world — a dirty, ripped, or otherwise damaged one doesn't make for a good first impression.
The Company Card
If you’re a business owner, or want to take advantage of your employer’s name recognition, that should be the focal point of your business card. Put the company name on the front of the card, along with a logo and tagline, if those are available to you. Use the back to list your name, title, address, phone number, and company website.
Company cards should have a clean, minimal design with an easy-to-read font and a sturdy card stock. Funky sizes are on-trend — a larger-than-average business card will stand out, the thinking goes — but we recommend sticking to the traditional size of 3.5 x 2 inches. If you’re trying to make it into someone’s wallet, pocket, or Rolodex (yes, people still buy Rolodexes) why would you give them a business card that won't fit?
If you’re working for a business, that’s your personal calling card. Using a good card stock and a professionalized logo is more important. The same goes for content, It should be easily digestible for whoever is receiving it.The less info you put on there, the better.
The Personal Brand
Some professionals are better served by an individual business card — like those who work in the gig economy, are between jobs, or want to stand on their own merit, rather than an employer’s.
If you fall into one of these categories, your name should be the most prominent feature, and the design should play to your personality.
The key is to have the card match the message you want to send. What do you want people to pick up on? If you’re young, funky, and unique, that’s the story you’re trying to sell. But if you’re more about credibility and professionalism, that's what you need to reflect.
The content will vary depending on your profession — a freelance writer might link to Twitter, while an electrician reentering the workforce could add a Yelp review that speaks to her credibility. Make sure you link to samples of your work product via your personal website or portfolio, as well as your LinkedIn account (make sure that profile is up to date, while you’re at it). we recommend adding a quick tagline that sums up what you have to offer (“Freelance Web Design”) or your most meaningful skills. Be discerning with the information you choose to include.
If you’re in a creative field like design, advertising, or fashion, you can afford to be a little more experimental with your business card.
Make sure you or your graphic designer create a visually stunning business card that brings out the best in your company or what it has to offer.
You can also play with the dimensions of the card, with a unique style (square, rounded corners) and bold colors. Keep in mind that, while you get more creative license than, say, a financial planner, the objective of the card--to promote your work and facilitate new professional relationships--is the same. The above example is eye-catching, but it’s not distracting.
The World Star
If you do a lot of international travel, a bilingual business card might be the way to go. This example, which has the same information printed in Japanese on one side and English on the other, is standard practice for professionals that operate in both countries. A quick Google search can point you to dozens of companies that do translations for these types of cards, if you need it.
Employees who split their time between several different countries can also use their card to list the cities in which their company does business, Wood suggests.
Either way, make sure you include all the ways people can contact you inside and outside the U.S. — your cell phone, Skype, and WhatsApp usernames are good places to start.
If you are looking to hire a graphic designer to help you design these or any other types of business cards, please do not hesitate to call us at 201-747-2191 or email us for more firstname.lastname@example.org