Business cards serve as your professional calling card. They feature your name, employer name, job title, and contact information, and your logo if you have one. These compact printed items are distributed during networking events, at meetings, and even upon chance encounters. Having a business card that looks professional reinforces the image you want to convey.
You will need:
• Microsoft Word, Publisher, or other word processing or document publishing software
• Ink jet or laser printer
• Business card stock paper
• Several sheets of regular copy paper
Step 1: Microsoft Publisher and word have business card templates that you can use to quickly design a card. The templates include the graphical design of the card. All you do is insert your customized information. Other word processing or publishing software may also have these. If not, you can design a card from scratch by creating a document of the proper size and doing the layout yourself. In Microsoft Word, this is done within the Envelopes and Labels dialog box.
Step 2: Customize the card with your text and company logo. You can also use the software clip art library or online clip art to add additional images. When using Microsoft products, these include black and white, multicolored, and bright-colored circle icons.
Step 3: Once your card is designed, do a print preview to ensure that the layout is correct. If you are printing the cards yourself, you need to purchase the proper type of paper. Some manufacturers, like Avery, sell letter-sized cardstock sheets of paper containing perforated 2×3.5-inch cards. If you use a Microsoft Office Online Template to create the card, find the Avery product number that is associated with the template and purchase this card stock. When you use the Word Envelope and Label section, the Avery business card paper product number is displayed in the dialog box.
Step 4: Print a test page on regular copy paper and hold this up to the business card stock to make sure the cards align properly with the perforations. Print on one sheet of card stock and ensure everything looks fine and then print the remainder of the cards. Tear each card out along the perforation and store the cards in a wallet or business card holder.