Crazy for Cards

humbI remember when I got my first set of business cards.  I was elected as a member of the Hawaii State Board of Education and scored a box of fancy schmancy cards featuring a border of gold foil.

I was 17 years old, though the cards made me feel at least 27.

Since then, I’ve subsequently obtained more than a dozen other business cards from the myriad of companies which I’ve been gainfully employed.

Whether you are a Fortune 500 CEO or running a small home business, having an official card to hand out to present and future clients is vital.

Fortunately, you don’t have to spend a ton of money to afford business cards.  These days there are a slew of affordable options to obtain decent-looking cards, including:

 Vista Print:  It’s hard to turn on the television without seeing a Vista Print commercial.  The mega-popular online printing press offers dozens of business card designs.  You can choose from a variety of different text, font and ink color.  However, the more frills you select, the more the cards will cost you.   Severely cash-strapped home business entrepreneurs can also take advantage of Vista Print’s deal featuring 250 free cards.

Zazzle: This company is known for its practically limitless number of business card options.  Currently, the company offers more than 20,000 designs, as well as hundreds of font selections.  Other choices include size, color and type of paper.  The business cards are typically shipped to you within 48 hours of placing the order.

Ink Garden:  If you are looking for premium grade business cards without having to go into debt to afford them, consider this highly reputable company. Ink Garden allows you to create fully customizable business cards in full color with matte, laminate or glossy touches.

To get your money’s worth; inquire about getting a sample of your business cards prior to purchasing five or ten boxes filled with 100 cards each.  Most companies will allow you to order a sample of the design before making a final commitment.


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Michele Cheplic

About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.