Thanks to the internet, one business trend appears to be falling out of fashion. Thanks to the internet, this same trend still seems popular with marketing savvy individuals.
What am I talking about?
Business cards — those 3.75 x 2.25 card stock tools that have been long favored by business folks the world over.
Despite the fact that the internet is connecting people like never before, thereby making the exchange of business cards seem like a moot issue, there are reasons why you should still have cards of your own.
3 Reasons Why You Need A Business Card
Business cards are still useful and for the following reasons:
- When applying for a job, particularly one where a hard copy of your resume is requested, sending a business card out with your cover letter and resume is smart thinking. Lots of employers use business card scanning software and, yes, the trusty Rolodex is still used by some managers.
- If you are heading to a convention or job fair, a business card comes in handy. Certainly, handing a copy of your resume off to a potential employer is wise, but so is exchanging cards with your peers. I’ve attended conventions where I’ve handed off scores of my cards within just a few hours time — a terrific and cheap networking tool!
- Your personal contacts can also use your business card. How many times have you been out and about, meeting up with someone and found that you didn’t have a pen handy to give them your number? A business card eliminates that need, making it easier for you to share contact information with friends.
Business Card Prices Are Cheap – Online
Business card prices are very cheap, with the best deals found online. Lest you think that I’m making a plug for an affiliate site, I can assure you that I am not. Simply “google” a search for business cards and a number of companies will pop up on the search engine results pages.
I’ve used VistaPrint in the past and have visited the Overnight Print site as well. Staples, Office Max and other some other print shops offer cards too, but the best deals clearly can be found online.
Photo courtesy of Steve Woods — just make sure that your card isn’t blank!