No matter what business or industry you are in, you can always use a good business card. Even with social networking and email taking over our lives it’s great to have something tangible that you can actually hand to someone to leave a lasting impression and definitely remind them to follow up with you.
If you’ve never created a business card before, then now is a perfect time. Years ago when I first started designing and ordering business cards online it was a pain and a tedious process. I would have to find a designer, upload images, wait for proofs and then place my order… now everything can be done in minutes and you will have your business cards in hand within just a few days.
Using UPrinting.com we will walk through the three step process of how you can easily create and print your business cards through their site. They are also running a promotion where you will receive 20% off your order, so it’s an excellent time to create your first business card or simply give them a much needed facelift!
Step 1: Choose Your Business Card Design
The first step in creating your business card is knowing what type of look you want your card to have, along with how much money you would like to spend. When you get to the UPrinting business card section you will see that you can select from one of two options; the standard four corner business cards that everyone uses, or you can go for a die cut design that gives a fancy look and feel to your cards. The die cut cards are a bit more in price as they take longer to print and are a customized shape. Once you select between standard or die cut, you will also have a few design styles you can choose from.
Step 2: Create Your Business Card
After selecting your card style, it’s now time to create your own business card using their on site designer which loads within the browser. I was quickly able to create a mock business card for BloggingTips.com which highlights a screenshot of the BloggingTips.com design on the front of the card and a big red logo on the back of the card (see step 3).
Adding images and text is as easy and point, click and uploading files from your computer. If you would like to use stock images you can also search and order them their UPrinting at the rate of $1 each. The design below is extremely simple but I wanted to show how easy and fast you can create business cards using their designer application. Should you have your business card designed through another service, all you need to do is upload your card design and then place your order.
Step 3: Ordering Your Business Card
The last step in the design process is to make sure all of your information is correct and to decide on the paper stock you would like to use. You can see on the left side of the screenshot below that the front and back designs of my card are shown. I recommend going with a high quality card with a nice gloss finish if you have any high quality and colors in your design. On the right side you will see the full price breakdown and specs for your card design.
It’s also very important that you select the right amount of business cards to order. Order amounts are in lots of 250, 500 and 1,000+. Even if you only need a couple hundred business cards, make sure you look at the final cost to order 500 or 1,000 cards. The real costs are in the initial printing and shipping… doubling or even tripling the amount of business cards you get with your order may only cost you $5 or $10 more.
Now that you have an easy walk through of how to design and create your own business cards, be sure to take advantage of the 20% off promotion through UPrinting.com and leave a lasting impression when handing out your business cards. If you would like to find the last coupons and deals from UPrinting, be sure to visit their promotions page.