Cards on a Budget

Even though many business owners will tell you that you need to make money to spend money, that’s not always the case. In this economy not a lot of small business owners or new businesses can afford to spend hundreds of dollars on their business cards. Here’s the thing, you won’t have to spend a lot of money.

Keep in mind, this is how to save some money, you don’t want to go too cheap because you want your business cards to look professional. After all, you’re selling your business with the cards.

The most important step will always be the design of your business card. You can find business card templates on the web and on Microsoft Word. Either route you choose, it’s an easy way to create your own business cards when you’re on a tight budget.

Even non-computer savvy people have found making their own business cards simple.

Go to your local supply store (Staples, Office Max, Office Depot, etc.) and pick up a box of inkjet business cards that are in matte white. The box should come with 250 cards, which is plenty for a new start up business. This shouldn’t cost you more than $15 or $20.

Your final step is to print them out. Any new business owner will have his or her own printer. You won’t need to take them somewhere else to have them printed. To save on paper, it’s best to print as much as you can on one page. In most cases you should be able to fit around five business cards on each page.

This is important. Before you print anything, remember to do a print preview. This way you can preview how your business card is going to look once you’ve printed it out. Make sure your name, the company’s name, address phone number and fax number (if you have one) are all on the business card correctly. Making typos are easy to make and sometimes hard to spot if you don’t double-check everything.

If you’re happy with how it looks print it out. If you want to make some changes, hit cancel and make those changes. The last thing you want to do is waste money on the business cards, paper and ink.

There you go! You’ve just created your own business cards without having to spend a lot of money.

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