How to Design an Effective Business Card

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Business cards are useful for business owners and for traveling employees alike. There are a number of key things to consider, however, when preparing an effective business card. This article explains what to avoid and what to do to create an effective business card.


  • Use good materials for printing. It’s a mistake to use sub-standard materials for business cards, as it gives out a poor impression. Use quality cardstock, good colors, and decent ink.
  • Design the cards well. Business cards need to meet a balance that makes them both appealing and informative about your business or profession. Unless you’re absolutely sure of your design skills, get a professional to do the designing.
  • Be clear. Avoid creating cryptic cards. Just getting your business name and e-mail address or phone number printed on the card not enough. Clearly define what your business is all about so that people get a good idea about your business. Unless people are impressed, they won’t become your clients.
  • Avoid overdoing the information. It can be all too tempting to try and cram in as much information as possible on a small card. Doing this will ward off any prospective client and won’t help in any way.
  • Incorporate unique elements. Creating a good business card involves the incorporation of unique ideas. It should be eye catching and should give your message in short and effective manner. It is also very important to have proper color contrasts so that the card is easy to read for one and all.
  • Get the card printed online. It is helpful to get your business card printing done online. You can use the professional design services available and it saves a lot of time that would have been spent if you had to keep running all around to buy the printing materials that you require.

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6 Responses to “How to Design an Effective Business Card”

  1. Gwyneth August 6, 2011 at 9:15 am #

    For me, the simply the business card is, the better. I just don’t forget to add some key points to make it more impressive :)

  2. Kate Wilson August 13, 2011 at 11:47 pm #

    These are cool tips. Overdoing the information is really not good.

  3. Tifanny Fane November 6, 2011 at 2:11 am #

    Like simple business cards that that are also straight to the point.

  4. Terry Ryan November 12, 2011 at 9:38 pm #

    Good business card design can really make a difference.

  5. Brian Richmond November 20, 2011 at 5:20 am #

    Your business cards should be professional and unique.

  6. Henry Fisher December 4, 2011 at 3:41 am #

    Designing a business card is not that easy. It should look professional and elegant.

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