When building a good business card…
Many people are under the common misconception that business cards are just for those who are already working or looking for an opportunity to work. Business cards are a great way to communicate who we are and what we do. It is the quickest and easiest way to give your name and your contact information to someone you just met, or someone you already know. For instance if you happen to see a friend or old acquaintance while you are out with your family, you can simply hand him/her your business card and inform him/her how you would like to follow up for a cup of coffee,or something more important.
Business cards are great for everyone
Whether you’re at a job fair or a networking event, your own business card is a great alternative to getting your information into a potential client’s hands in a non-threatening form of way.Dressing for your business card can be crucial so it is important to dress your business card with the level of professionalism in which you believe is best. Just because you have a limited real estate does not mean your message wont get across.
4 things you must have…
Your business card should include your name, address, phone number(s) and email. Not in this particular order but these four items are a must-have on your business card. When you write down your number(s) make sure to keep it simple; write down the one or two numbers where you can be easily reached.No one should have to play a game of telephone roulette in the mist of trying to get in contact with you.Therefore, make sure you include a direct phone line and along with your number you should add your email address
(make sure have an email address that’s not offensive, it should be kept simple and most importantly professional).
With the ability to scan and email documents, listing a fax number isn’t generally necessary, however, if you own a fax and use it often then by all means add your fax numberEven thought we live in a digital era where QR codes are considered the fastest and “newest” form of business cards, handing out a small piece of paper with your direct contact information is still the best way to present your information. QR codes can be crucial in some areas but they aren’t a “must-have”.
Here are some good and bad examples of business cards: