Free Business Cards
I'm starting a new business and I want to print a few hundred business cards. Are these online offers for 'free business cards' legitimate? What about the quality?
Can I Really Get Free Business Cards?
Yes, you can get free business cards from a number of online printing companies. They won't be top of the line quality. They may have the printer's advertisement on the back. You won't get more than a few hundred cards. But they're free, and they can even be cards you design yourself.
Search online for "free business cards" and one of the first results you'll see is VistaPrint.com. It's a very large commercial printing operation that uses free business card offers to lure new customers. You can choose quick and easy standard designs; fill in your company particulars such as name, address, phone, etc.; and get 250 color business cards in a week or so, for free (plus about $9 shipping). But VistaPrint.com won't let you get away that easily.
Throughout the card specification process, you will be bombarded with a confusing array of options which cost money. After your free order is placed you will receive daily emails pushing brochures, customized Sticky Notes, special deals on upgraded business cards, etc. That's part of the price of "free." The other part is VistaPrint.com's pale but distinctive advertisement on the back of each free card, telling everyone who flips your card over that you cannot afford to buy business cards.
You can create your own business card design in Microsoft Publisher, Word, Photoshop, or any other graphic design program, then upload an image file to VistaPrint.com. Be sure to read their highly technical specifications carefully in order to create an image that will print properly. Image resolution, size, and "bleed" factors are critical and not very well explained by VistaPrint.com.
1800PostCards.com also offers 250 free business cards. You can choose from a gallery of over 15,000 templates or upload your own design. Wymprint.com offers 500 free business cards on UV-resistant matte or glossy paper. There are thousands of similar free business cards offers online, many of which are actually affiliates of VistaPrint.com or another large commercial printing company.
Advantages of Using Free Business Cards
Free business cards give you a low-cost way to check out an online printing company to see how its ordering process and customer service work for you. Free business cards also keep things simple by limiting your options. Choosing colors, designs, paper thickness, finish, and other options can become a day-long task if you let it.
Free business cards also let you play with various designs and the information included on the card, so you can field-test them to see what brings you the most business.
Many students get free business cards just to impress their acquaintances. Part-time entrepreneurs and struggling artists use free business cards to save money. For a casual low-stakes business, free business cards make more sense than spending hundreds on design and high-quality, high-volume printing.
Try designing your own business card using Microsoft Word templates, or download a business card design program from one of the online printing companies mentioned here.
If you have ordered free business cards, tell us about your experience. Post your comment or question below...
This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 24 Jan 2011
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