Uprinting Business Cards {and giveaway}

One of the best networking tools you can have is business cards. It doesn't matter whether you are a blogger, a business owner, or even a stay at home mom, business cards are a quick and easy way to share your contact information with others.
When picking a business card you want something that has good design, is easy to read, and contains all your information presented in the best way possible for something that is 3.5" x 2". That is a small space for sharing who you are.

When considering your business cards think about the following:
  • Paper- Choose heavy paper or card stock. Flimsy cards will not last and be thrown away quick.
  • Ink - Printing at home on your ink jet is cheap, yes, but one drop of water, coffee or even a sweaty palm can make the ink run. A runny business card is not something that will come across as being professional. Make sure that your printer is using quality ink.
  • Image/logo- Pick a image or logo that represents your business and makes sense. A freelance writer with an image of a dog is probably not a good idea if you don't write exclusively about dogs. Just because you like an image doesn't always mean it's a good choice.
  • Title/Message - Keep it short and sweet, but include what you do. Don't add your entire list of services, that's a bit much, but make sure you at least note your title. It should be obvious what you do by looking at your card. If someone can't remember what you do, the likelihood of them contacting you just went out the window, with your card.
  • Color - Pick a color pallet that works well with your card, an image if you use one, and your message. Blacks, greys and browns do not make for an eye catching card and will probably be over looked. A card with pink and green scheme for a funeral director is not a good idea either. Chose colors that speak for your business and work well. Too much color is not a good idea either. Aside from your photo try to keep your pallet under 3 colors.
  • Font - Clear, easy to read fonts are best. Serif or Sans-serifs are fine but scripts, decorative, and curly fonts are all really hard to read.
  • Contact Information - Include all means of contact you would like, but you don't need to list 14 cell phone numbers. One main phone, a secondary phone like a cell, address, email, website, twitter, facebook, or other social networking is always a good start. If you have multiple websites and many social networking profiles you want to be able to direct a person to, consider a contact page on your main website and print that URL on your card. Don't have a website, things like Google Profiles can organize all those links for you and you could publish that URL instead.
With so many options out there for purchasing business cards online it is hard to know where to start. I have personally been extremely happy with Uprinting for anything I need to print online.

Uprinting offers all types of business cards, from standard, slim, to even square or speciality shapes. You can design your own from scratch, upload your own completed design or choose from their hundreds of amazing templates. You also get a free proof before you pay, which is an awesome feature since many companies charge extra for proofs.

I will be placing an order with Uprinting for my new cards within the next few days. I am still going over the thousands of options for mine and will let you know what I choose!

Want help with your business cards?

One reader will be the lucky winner of 500 business cards of their very own!

The Prize:
500 Business Cards for One (1) Winner
Sizes: 2 x 3.5”, 2 x 3”, 2 x 2” (square card) or 1.5 x 3.5” (slim card)
Paper: 14 pt gloss cardstock, 14 pt matte cardstock or 13 pt recycled uncoated cardstock
Specifications: Full Color Both Sides; Offset Press; 3 Business Day Printing

To Enter: Leave a comment below with which type of business cards you would get and what you would use them for. (please remember to include your email so I can reach you!)

Extra entries: Leave a separate comment for each.
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This contest will remain open until midnight EST 3/28/2010. Open to US only. One main entry per person. Winner will be chosen by random.org and then contacted through email.

Good Luck! Thanks for reading!

Disclosure: I will receive 500 business cards for free for posting this giveaway. This review is 100% my honest opinions.
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