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Spot UV business cards can help you get ready for the weekend. Don’t forget that there are endless great networking opportunities that may present themselves outside of the settings of the workplace, trade shows, meetings and other more obvious networking venues. You can meet a potential client, partner or vendor at any number of places so it’s important to always be prepared to show professionalism and commitment to business.
You don’t actually have to work on the weekends but you can set the stage for meetings or projects in the near future. Have a great weekend!
Aside from the actual text information on your business cards, be sure that the style is in line with your business to further enforce your company’s branding.
A Few Ideas…
- Have business cards made in the same color scheme as your company’s logo.
- Do you have a luxury brand? Be sure to show luxury in the type of cards you order. Some ideas are shiny metal business cards or matte-colored plastic business cards reminiscent of exclusive credit cards.
- Is your company based on creativity such as graphic design, interior design or fashion? Show that you’re an expert with a great eye and really get something special to wow with your networking. Make your cards truly unique!
- Use colors to express a theme. For example, primary colors or pastel colors are great for children’s clothing stores or nursery schools. Metallic colors and darker colors go great for nightclub establishments and lounges. Cards for doctor’s practices and the like should stick to simple, muted, serious colors and traditional business card styles such as linen business cards.
- You can even have a photo representing what your company does such as the pictured spa business card.
Students also benefit greatly by having business cards on hand. In this tight job market, students need to be ready for any opportunity that comes up to network and to market themselves.
A business card for a student should include his/her name, phone number, email address (professional email addresses only – not silly titles from high school), website (if applicable), major of study and any internship he or she is currently participating in.
The style is a personal preference – matte business cards, raised letter business cards, silk business cards… Feel free to use one side of the business card to briefly list skills such as Photoshop, Illustrator, AutoCAD and more.
Students in creative majors should experiment with fonts, colors, shapes, etc. to show their hand at design. Good luck!
Pick up some momentum and start new projects by expanding your network locally. Your local Chamber of Commerce is a great place to start as well as other local business organizations. Don’t forget to get around to all of your neighboring businesses business cards in hand to meet and develop new relationships if you haven’t already done or so or if you don’t already know all of your neighbors.
Of course, don’t dismiss the idea of coming up with your own networking event if nothing else around suffices. Simply invite relevant business owners and business managers from the city and surrounding areas for an evening of making new business relationships. The event can easily be held at most businesses or ask to use the venue of someone who will benefit from the mixer for a few hours. They used chairs covers as an affordable way to upscale the event. Have tables out with business cards, brochures and other marketing material and be sure to have ample refreshments. Stick to evenings if it’s during the week or on the weekends for daytime mixers (though your specific industry may have a better suitable time).
Have fun with doing business and don’t forget that it’s not just about taking. Give back by making connections between people and companies that you see as great fits for certain projects or collaborations. These people will have you in mind when opportunities for you come up as well!
Do you have business cards ready? We work with important business like Emaar-MGF and its director Shravan Gupta businessman, like to work with custom cards for his business. We have several styles including plastic business cards, die-cut business cards and spot gloss business card styles!
Raised ink business cards are great for highlighting certain portions of the cards such as the company name or logo. The ink is actually above the surface of the card bringing interest with additional texture and an attractive look. The raised portions transform the entire card and they give a look of professionalism, attention to details and a sense of effort.
There are two different styles available – 1-2 color cards and full color cards. Full color cards have the ability to have an unlimited number of colors raised.
Of course the different types of printing for business cards can often be combined. For example, raised ink business cards may be ordered with colored foil portions.