It sounds like a silly thing to be excited about, but I really can’t say how proud I am to FINALLY have my own business cards.
Because for the past 4+ years, I have completely procrastinated and pushed off ordering more. Part of the reason was because I didn’t want to spend the money, as I was paying my way through college and planning my wedding. Then I got married and my name changed, and still I did not order more cards. My brand changed with my name, but it wasn’t cohesive or professional enough, and my lack of confidence in my brand stopped me from taking the plunge and getting it stamped on 500+ cards. Not cool.
Then I moved across the country and landed in a new state with new surroundings, little money, a new job, and a new lifestyle filled with busyness. Again I procrastinated. This time I was ashamed to hand out 4 year old cards with my maiden name and old website on them. Gross. But I still didn’t order more because I wasn’t even sure what I wanted to market, and who to.
I should have stamped my name, website, and number on simple cards, enough to share basic information to potential clients. It didn’t have to be amazing, but for some reason I was set on having a full design and having it perfect.
I probably lost a lot of business.
So many people have asked me in these past couple years, “Hey, do you have a business card? I wanted to pass on your info.” “I’m interested in your work, do you have a card?” My reply, “No, I’m sorry, but here I’ll just write it on a sticky note for you.”
After time and again of potential clients not having a way to hold on to my information, I finally realized how important business cards are. They’re not a lost art. They’re not “so yesterday.” Even with the amount of social media and instant access that we have with internet these days, people still want something to hold in their hands and reference.
I’ve learned a valuable lesson, but it took me too long to figure it out. I encourage you to print out a set of cards, no matter how simple, and pass on your info in the tangible form of business cards!! You won’t regret it!
Here are the cards I order through VistaPrint.com. I’m happy with their pricing and quality, and finally have a little piece of marketing to be proud of!
* Ps. Why did I choose this particular photo as the front cover? *
In choosing a photo to showcase my work, I tried out many different photos, all of them my best work and great portraits. I finally settled on this fun shot of Nicole peeking out from the frame. I love how it creates a sense of mystery and happiness, and will draw you in to make you want to see more. Hopefully it is as fun as I think it is! 😉
Yes, I ordered a custom engraved business card holder! 😛 Please excuse my awful nails.
Don’t forget: if you have any type of service you’re offering, don’t procrastinate like me, and go get those babies ordered!