How to Design a Business Card
|Whaaa? I actually went outside and was social for this one? *gasps* #beproud|
So! Today I'd planned on talking about writing voice. Change of plans. That'll probably be coming next Saturday. Today we're talking about business cards! 1) Because it's conference season, and 2) because I GOT MY FIRST EVER SET OF PERSONAL BUSINESS CARDS IN THE MAIL LAST WEEKEND, YA'LL.
Look! Just look how pwutey they are! 😍
|They look even more epic in person! 😍 😍|
Anywhozens, on to designing. Or constructing, rather.
During my template-choosing process (I used Vistaprint), I WAS LOST. I mean... what was I supposed to put on there? But thanks to this helpful post I found via Google, I gots ideasez.
Apparently Your business card's background should relate to what you have to offer. Me? I'm a fantasy author with a love for historical elements, so a glowing, Neverlandish pirate ship seemed the right fit for me. 😊
1. YOUR NAME / YOUR BUSINESS
Hopefully this one is easy. If not, I apologize and I recommend researching how to know whether or not you have amnesia.
Your business name needs to come first, and be biggest. Let the world know who you are!
2. WHAT YOU HAVE TO OFFER
Basically, why should people care? (That probably sounds awful. I apologize.)
When someone hands me a business card, 75% of the time I ACTUALLY DON'T WANT IT. (Hopefully that will all change when I go to my first conference later this month! *squeals*)
Sell your product (or your soul) by making what you have to offer sound appealing. Add in the extras, if you feel the need.
Here's an example: I'm a writer, and that's mainly what these business cards are for. But I'm also an actress; that's cool, isn't it? (😉) I'm also a blogger (probably way more than I actually write and act *blushes*), which helps because it means that, ta da! I'm easyish to connect with! (No promises on how easy I'll be to connect with in person, though.)
3. YOUR TAGLINE
This one's way more optional. If you have a cool slogan, this is your time to use it.
4. HOW THE PEEPS CAN FIND YOU
Website time! Where can people go if they want to learn more about you? Or contact you? Or buy your product?
5. (IF YOU HAVE ROOM...) ZEE EXTRAZ
Mine's a Bible verse. If you're going somewhere where you'll meet a ton of other Christians, chances are that their business cards will all have verses (or at least some references) on them, too. If you're just not feeling quoting the Bible (why?!), this is a good spot to put a few social media links. But this all depends on whether or not you have room. If you're going for a simpler, more minimalist-ic look, stick with your first four lines. If you feel confident that your business card's not too crowded, then feel free to add some more!
So I hope this helped! Also, if you're looking for a printer, I highly recommend Vistaprint. (Don't worry, this post isn't sponsored. 😉) They gave me a major discount on my first order, ran through everything slowly with me so I wouldn't get lost, and when I ordered the slowest/cheapest form of shipping, they got it to me eleven days early!
Now, enough about me and designing and whatnot. What about you?
Are you going to a writing conference, this summer (or any time soon!)? Are you bringing business cards?