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Professional looking business cards are a necessity for many business people. Business cards do not have to be expensive, and they can be made at home with a computer, printer, and special paper. Individuals who would prefer not to make business cards can order them from a reputable company. Your name, business, and contact information should always be listed on your card, and new cards should be made when any of this information changes.
DIY business cards can often be made in the comfort of your own home, but a particular type of software is usually needed for this. Many word processors have templates for you to make business cards. All you usually have to do is type in your information, and insert your logo, if applicable.
Special business card software is also available. This can be purchased from most office supply stores, but you may also be able to find it online for free. This software makes it easy to make business cards, and it will usually have more options than a regular word processor.
A good printer is also needed to make business cards that are professional. Many experts prefer a laser printer, but any printer that produces clear, sharp images will work. If you do not have access to a decent printer, you may want to use a printer at a library or print shop.
Special business card paper is also needed to make business cards. Business card paper is usually made from light cardboard with several easily separated business cards on each sheet. The cards can either be torn away or snapped off. Textured and glossy business card paper can make your card stand out, but these are usually much more expensive.
If you do not have access to this type of software or a printer, you also have the option of ordering professionally made business cards. This will usually be a little more expensive than if you make business cards, but the final products will usually be very professional looking. Several websites allow you to create your business cards easily.
Whichever way you make business cards, you should include a few key pieces of information. Your name, title, and business should all be listed. Contact information is also important. This can include a phone number, address, email, and website.
A slogan for your business can also make an impact on your business cards. This should be short, usually no more than a few words. Pictures or logos can also make business cards stand out.
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