This post was written by the lovely Solo Lisa
When I stepped away from the glow of my laptop screen and began attending Vancouver fashion events, I realized I needed business cards badly. I was sick of scribbling my name and blog URL on any available scrap of paper. Not only was this unprofessional, it impeded my efforts to network with media personnel and industry insiders. I began researching affordable business card options after one such event, and I’m so glad I did: Now whenever someone shows interest in my blog, I can give them a memento with my name and URL on it so that they can read my work later.
If you’re in the same position–a fashion blogger with limited funds, eager to network and promote your blog at upcoming events–read on for some tips on scoring cool business cards for $50 or less.
Look for a website that provides “free” business cards.
Some online print shops offer 250 “free” business cards. You choose a template, populate the sample text with your own information, and pay for postage and processing. The free cards have the website logo stamped on the back. Premium customizations such as removing the website logo, changing the graphic, and formatting the font cost extra. GigglePrint.com and BizCard.com offer such a deal. Before you plop down your credit card, though, research the company’s reputation, the cards’ quality, the customer service, etc. By Googling for consumer reviews, I found out that the omnipresent VistaPrint.com –which offers a similar 250 free business cards deal–was the subject of numerous customer complaints about unauthorized credit card charges.
Design your own and print them out.
Microsoft and Google, in collaboration with card stock maker Avery, provide free business card templates that you can download for use with Word and Google Docs, respectively. The templates even come with number codes for which Avery card stock product they’ll look best with. Design, print, and voila! (This ended up being the solution I went with.)
Turn to Etsy.
This infamous online craft haven has some pretty sweet deals. VintageBella has options with images of Victoriana and Marie Antoinette on them–perfect for girly girls and vintage lovers; choose your design and order 250 cards for $39. PromosInASnap offers 250 custom cards for $34 and has received 534 positive ratings.
As harsh as this sounds, your beautiful business cards will probably be thrown out as soon as the recipient enters your contact info into an address book, database, or spreadsheet. So why not take disposable materials and turn them into inexpensive, one-of-a-kind business cards? At a networking event I attended recently, one fashion photographer snipped up old contact sheets and wrote her Flickr URL on the back. If you don’t have old contact sheets lying around, try printing out pretty address labels and sticking them on vintage playing or tarot cards (available at flea markets and thrift stores for a pittance) or paint chip samples from hardware stores. Your imagination is your limit!
Note from editor... another popular cheap, yet excellent quality cards are MOO cards. If you have a flickr account, this should be really easy to do, as they take images from your flickr or Facebook accounts and make them into tiny cards. I designed my own cards and printed them at PSPrint.com.