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How to Make Business Cards

Business cards can help you look more professional and your business more legitimate. Quickly make cards that will dazzle any colleague or potential employer.


  • Step 1: Determine a budget Decide how much money to spend to make your business cards. Hiring a graphic designer to create a logo and printing cards on high-quality paper can be costly.
  • Step 2: Pick a computer program and template Pick a computer program and template from which to create your cards. Select a template that creates cards that are 3½ by 2 inches – the standard size for business cards.
  • TIP: Use standard sizes for most businesses. Non-standard sized cards might be memorable, but they can seem unprofessional and might not fit into standard card holders.
  • Step 3: Gather the information for your card Compile the information that you want to list on your card, including your name, e-mail address, phone number, and web site. Add a logo designed by you or a professional.
  • Step 4: Add additional details on the back of the card Add additional information that you wish to include on the back of the card.
  • TIP: Keep the design of the cards simple. Have only the most important details on the front, and supplemental information, like your business's mission statement, on the back.
  • Step 5: Print and cut your cards to size Print your cards using a quality cardstock or perforated business cardstock. Separate perforated cards or use a ruler and a craft knife to cut the cards to the correct size.
  • Step 6: Distribute cards to current or potential clients Distribute your cards to current and potential clients. Keep a stash of cards handy at all times – you never know when you might need them.
  • FACT: According to the Small Business Administration, just over half of all U.S. workers were employed by small businesses in 2008.

You Will Need

  • A budget
  • A computer
  • Cardstock
  • A printer
  • A ruler (optional)
  • A craft knife (optional)

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