The simple black and white business card has evolved into a designer version. Fancy business cards are made of wood, plastic, metal, magnet, glass or handmade paper. Some are printed in four colors, while others are embedded or embossed. The aim is to be unique and different and to leave a lasting impression.
Depending on your idea, budget, design, and needs, a business card service will tell you what type of printing your business card needs. They offer die-cut business cards, embossed business cards, CMYK full color printing, bi-fold business cards or thermally printed business cards – different processes produce different results.
Most business card printing services offer in-house design services if you provide them with all the information they need on the business card. Otherwise, you can design a business card yourself using an online business card design service. Print providers such as GreatFX Business Cards offer complete online design studios that allow you to create business cards in minutes using a web browser.
Today’s printers are innovative. They’re teaming up to offer an online business card printing service that offers a free estimate when you fill out a questionnaire. Questionnaires are sent to various card printers and someone who is able to complete the task will contact you. There are other online sites where clients can post items for printers to bid on – the same concept as elance or guru.com.
For high quality products, you need to make sure to scan logos and other images in eps or bmp format. Indicate how many cards you need, what paper, black and white or color, if you need a coating, if you need a proof, and when the cards will be delivered.
Be smart and do your homework. Contact at least three business card printing services. The price comparisons make good business sense and don’t waste time. Check the reliability of the printer. Find out if someone you know has used the service. Learn about designs and how to use templates to create one-of-a-kind, professional-looking cards. Seek the help of a Computer-savvy friend or colleague to see if designing your own map is as easy as it sounds.
Your business card represents you – it’s your brand ambassador, so think twice before you go. When in doubt, opt for classic styles rather than shiny brass or psychedelic variants.