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Buissiness cards

Discussion in 'Business Fundamentals' started by farmerkev, Feb 15, 2008.

  1. farmerkev

    farmerkev Senior Member
    Messages: 847

    I would like to make a few buissenes cards, my mom brought the paper to print it on home from work. I would like a free site that I can print my own on. I find free sites, but you need to get them by the hundreds, I want to print my own, maybe 30 for now. Anybody know of any good sites?
     
  2. MnDLawn

    MnDLawn Senior Member
    Messages: 213

  3. farmerkev

    farmerkev Senior Member
    Messages: 847

    I would never use that many, I just want no more than 50 for now, just to give to customers to give to friends.
     
  4. SE+C

    SE+C Member
    Messages: 34

    Try looking at the microsoft office templates that are available online. they have some nice ones there that you can customize to suit you. I did this with my cards turned out pretty cool
     
  5. salopez

    salopez Senior Member
    Messages: 873

    www.vistaprint.com

    you can get as little as 250. you would be surprised how quickly you can go through them.
     
  6. mnormington

    mnormington Senior Member
    Messages: 156

    That's the route I went. They charge you for the "shipping" about $5 but it's still a good deal to start with.
     
  7. 06HD BOSS

    06HD BOSS 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,611

    Im not sure if i understand what your asking but, just do it in micrsoft word. theres a business card template in there. you can transfer artwork into word, if your using art.
     
  8. QuadPlower

    QuadPlower PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,056

    You will have to do both.

    1: use your computer with microsoft templates on line and design your own. Bring in logos, make the wording just right, etc. Print them out on your printer.

    2. Go to a good local print shop. Use a local company as they will have the time to help you out. I would rather give the money to a local company then say Kinkos. A set up fee will apply and then the cost to print the cards. Once the template is set up all you have to do is go back in there and order some more when needed.

    Make the cards at home, pass them out and see what people think of them. Once you have determined that they are what you want, then go to the print shop. They are sooo much more professional looking. With the paper, ink and the edges not being rough.

    Things to put on the card. Logo, catch line, your name, your phone number, web address, services that you offer. Don't put your address on it unless you actually have a business location. You can put your town name.

    Good Luck
     
  9. KINNCO

    KINNCO Senior Member
    Messages: 256

    I use www.vistaprint.com for all my little things like that....so much more affordable!

    here is a sample or two I did on their site

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    Last edited: Feb 16, 2008
  10. Grn Mtn

    Grn Mtn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,644

    www.overnightprints.com as mentioned above. THE REASON WHY BEFORE YOU SAY "I don't need that many" is of first impressions. yes I understand your mom got you some paper and its only for your friends BUT, for the price your mom spent on crappy 20lb paper with perforated edges from where they pulled apart, you can get 70lb heavy UV coated four color glossy gorgeous "credit card" feeling business cards. People will be much more impressed, it will last a lot longer in the wallet, and if its passed around to a friend of a friend, that first impression is all you got.

    so do yourself a favor and go to overnightprints, its super easy. I've done 5 different cards through them and everytime it was a great experience.
     
  11. jkiser96

    jkiser96 Senior Member
    Messages: 401

    I went to the store & bought a program that cost $20 & bought the paper. This way I can make as many as I want at a time & make a new set if I want to change anything or ad anything. The best investment I made for advertising.
     
  12. Bowtytek

    Bowtytek Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 46

    When I first started out, had my wife do a few at home on the computer as she had the time & I was working a full time job and plowing. Came out great and customers were suprised I had a card. Then walking around Staples came across business card magnets, I feel this has worked even better. Now customers can stick on fridge and never lose it. I also give a couple paper cards to pass to friends and family for more business. I like that I can do more in my house as it is less people I need to pay money too. And my wife liked having a part in helping my plowing business.
     
  13. iceyman

    iceyman 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,542

    i made my own thru print shop///....:waving:
     
  14. farmerkev

    farmerkev Senior Member
    Messages: 847

    Im thinking vista print, but what if I dont like the designs? Howd you get a plow pic on one Kinnco?
     
  15. the first set of cards i made i used word and they came out pretty good then the second set i used photoshop and they are amazing and it cost me nothing but the cost of computer paper and the next day i went to school and got them laminated.
     
  16. TKLAWN

    TKLAWN PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,575

    As said before I used microsoft office for the design of the card and then took it to a print shop. It saved 35 dollars because they didn't have to design anything. In the past I have also found new print shops that will give 250 free cards hoping that next time you need them you come back to them. Both of these worked well, but make sure if you are going to do them at home you buy quality paper so they dont look cheap and unprofessional.
     
  17. terrapro

    terrapro PlowSite Veteran
    from MI
    Messages: 3,874

    vistaprint! :waving:
     
  18. farmerkev

    farmerkev Senior Member
    Messages: 847

    Again I like them, but there arent many designs, what if none of them are good for lawn care? How would I add a picture of my own?
     
  19. terrapro

    terrapro PlowSite Veteran
    from MI
    Messages: 3,874

    its been awhile since ive done an image insert with them since i prefer plain cards with just text. i prefer the premium cards also. select that option then choose a template if you want and when you are in the designing page select the advanced edit option. above the card somewher there should be options which include insert/add image. i cant remember if they charge per uploaded image or just per actual used image.

    if you need anything else just post it and ill try to keep track of this thread and post back when i can.
     
  20. firelwn82

    firelwn82 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,862

    Wow those are some pretty neat sites. in the first site theres a spot where you can download your own design and have it on your card. One thing I would like to get is a website, seems nobody reads the damn paper anymore. There always on the computer nowadays