This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Print24. All opinions are 100% mine.
When you are the owner of a brick and mortar business, most people will expect that you have a business card of some kind. If you happen to make your money on the web as a professional blogger or Internet entrepreneur, you should treat your online business no differently than an offline business. This means getting a business card too, but it doesn’t mean you have to break the bank to do it.
Rather than paying for a custom designer and going to a local print shop, it may be worthwhile to consider an online service like Print24. From this one-stop shop, you can design your business card (and other stationery products), choose the format, select the paper, and have the final product shipped straight to your door.
An Overwhelming Front Page
Normally, when you go to the homepage of an online business, you are greeted with a welcome page of some kind. Such is not the case with Print24; they get straight down to business.
Right from the front page, you can get started with your online order. It defaults to selling flyers, but the product pulldown lets you choose business cards, address labels, catalogs, notepads, posters, and more. After choosing your product, you go through each of the pulldown menus to define your order, including page type, size, colors, UV coating, quantity, and so on.
This interface is very overwhelming, especially since it is the first page that prospective customers see. It would be a lot more user-friendly if there was a basic welcome page to start, giving a brief overview of what we can expect to find and buy from Print24.
Plenty of Pre-Designed Templates
After selecting the business card product and determining the other characteristics, you are given the opportunity to choose from a wide array of pre-designed templates. These are organized by category, showing eight possibilities at a time.
Hovering your mouse pointer over any single design will give you a quick (larger) preview of what it will look like. The categories are quite varied, so it doesn’t really matter which industry you desire. Some designs are more generic-looking than others, but it’s good to see the variety of business card designs offered.
On-Site Custom Card Designer
Naturally, the default templates may not be exactly what you want. That’s why there is a very robust and powerful business card designer built right into the Print24 website.
The problem is that this tool, much like the homepage, can be daunting and intimidating for many users. The toolbox isn’t quite as obvious as a more professional tool, like PhotoShop or Illustrator, but many similar utilities are contained within.
For the purposes of this review, I put together a business card for my role as a senior editor at Mobile Magazine. To customize the design, I moved, removed, and added some of those “circle” elements. Naturally, I also changed the text in the text box to reflect what I wanted to see included.
While some other websites that offer inexpensive (or free) business cards restrict you to their default designs, Print24 goes beyond the call of duty with this tool. It’s also very useful that you can import any images that you’d like, so it’s easy to implement a company logo.
And the Verdict on Quality?
After placing the order, the business cards typically arrive within about a week. It should be noted, however, that promo codes do not appear to work across all countries. An “American” coupon code did not work when I was on the “Canadian” section of the site.
The quality of the business cards is about par for the course. They’re not the most impressive of cards, but they’re far from being the poorest quality either. If you’re looking for some cheap cards, Print24 looks to be a very good option to consider.