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Free Business Cards Templates How to Print your own Business Cards

Updated on July 16, 2012

Free Business Cards

We all want to promote our writing, and of course there are various ways of doing this. One is word of mouth, or e-mail to your friends, and of course gaining followers by reading and appreciating their work. But what else can we do? Apart from taking out an ad in the local paper, everything else seems to involve paying out money. Recently I was talking to a friend who suggested that I get some business cards and promote myself that way. I thought this was a great idea, but then I realised that I actually had no idea of how to go about it. Business cards are a great way to promote your writing, and is something we should all do.

I realised that there were certain shops and printing sites that would print your business cards for you at a price, but I noticed that there were so many hidden costs involved, all depending on whether you want a certain style or colour. Of course the person who would do them for you would have to make a profit. So I started looking around the internet to see what I could come up with. And, thinking that I had nothing to lose here, I decided to add the word free. So clicking on my google search I put in free business cards. And am I glad that I did! I came across a fantastic site, there are quite a few, which allowed me to chose my own words, colours, and patterns! It was really simple, and the results were fantastic.

Good quality Free Business Cards

Of course you will have to go out and buy the cards yourself. I chose the ten to a page, but you can buy eight to a page. These are relatively cheap. I bought a set of twenty pages, eight to a page, for less than ten pounds. Approx 14 dollars. I had kept them in a drawer for a while, but I didn't have the nerve or the knowledge on how to actually make them.

 I know it sounds simple, but believe me, trying to get the words into the centre of the card, making it sound professional etc was harder than it looked. But then I found this great site called businesscardland.com. It is great. Apart from being absolutely simple to use, they explain how to do it step by step, they also have a great choice of colours and designs. Obviously if you want even more detail, there are so many other sites that will be just as useful.

How to make your Business Cards.

1. Pick your business card design.

2. Choose whether you want the colour to the edge of the card, or slightly white at the edges. You will be shown how to do this.

3. Choose whether it is American card size or international. Evidently there is a difference so be careful which one you click on.

4. Now enter the information that you want to be displayed. For example, your name, website, and Hubs which you wish to promote the most. Obviously you won't be able to add all categories so go for the ones that you think will get the readers interest. I just want to add, don't take any notice of what they say you have to write in each line. for example: By the side of 'Please add your address' I actually wrote in my article names, i.e. Psychic Phenomena, real life stories and local history. This is fine, it will still come out in the right place. The card layout is yours to design. Put whatever you want into any line. If you want your name in the middle, then fine, but you can place it in the Postcode box. Take a look, you will see what I mean.

5. Choose your colours. I tried a number of different variations. In the end I made thirty two cards, some with white backgrounds, and black writing, another with a black background and red writing, and my favourite, a white background with a red flower, and chocolate brown writing.

6. It will then ask you to choose whether you want to use cut cards or cut them yourselves. Obviously if you have bought the cut cards, you just click on there. But of course you can just buy plain card and cut it yourself afterwards. It is entirely up to you.

7. Then you click on PDF, and it will bring up a new page with your cards all in sequence. All you have to do is print. And don't forget to save. This will then appear on your Desktop for easy access.

One of the designs I used.

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I Have Made My Business Cards Now What Do I Do?

Now you have your lovely set of business cards, what on earth are you going to do with them? The idea of standing in the middle of the high street, did cross my mind! But then I thought I might get arrested for harassment, so I changed my mind! Ha!

Then I realised that the library was just around the corner. I am sure that if you take a look in your local library, you will see a desk that leaves free leaflets and college booklets for you to take home. So I asked the librarian and she was very pleased to help. I left five cards on the table, just in case nobody wanted them and I didn't want to waste them. I will go back in the week to see if anybody has taken them. I was pleased with myself at the good start! I am now making a list of all the places that I will be able to leave them. One good idea is the local tourist information. They are very friendly where I live, and I am sure they won't mind me leaving a few cards on their desk. They like to promote local authors and artists. Then of course you can be cheeky and ask your local newsagent if he wouldn't mind you putting a few in the newspapers. I don't see why it would be a problem, but it is best to ask, and not skulk around the daily newsstand, trying to slip them in discreetly!

Another good place to try is your local book store, even if you only leave a few on the counter, you never know, people may take notice, especially if you have made the cards colourful and eyecatching. I am sure that you will think of other places that will be happy to help.

I have only added my online name on the cards at the moment, to see how they do. But if you feel that people simply don't know you,  so after a quick look they put them back down, go for it, and add your real name. That will get their attention! It is entirely up to you. For the moment, I am hoping curiosity will make them take one. Or maybe two! Fingers crossed!

Good Luck with your promoting!

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    • gr82bme profile image

      gr82bme 6 years ago from USA

      I print my own cards. Great hub on how to do it.

      Rated up!

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, Tina thanks for being so quick! I have only just got the nerve up to make them! but I am putting them everywhere! lol thanks again nell

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      dracaslair 6 years ago

      good hub idea

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      Jackie Paulson 6 years ago from USA IL

      Nice hub and I went through Vista Print to get mine. Great price too.

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      Merlin Fraser 6 years ago from Cotswold Hills

      Hi Nell,

      Like so many I came on here to promote myself and my books but it doesn't seem to be making the slightest bit of difference to my book sales or even my street cred as an author.

      Is that your experience as well...?

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      Hi Nell,

      Thank you so much for this very useful hub. An up and useful for this one and I'm bookmarking it also for easy future reference.

      Take care Nell.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I don't use a business card,but i have friends who do,i'm sure they would like to have this info.Thank's for sharing.

      Cheers

      Ruby

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, dracaslair, thanks for stopping by, I really appreciate it, cheers nell

      Hi, onceuponatime, thanks for reading it, I bought mine from the town but kept them in the drawer for ages! lol thanks

      Hi, Merlin, I am sure that you will get there, it just takes time, I haven't really started putting them out yet as I have had a horrible week as you know, but when it has calmed down a bit I will certainly give it a try, don't worry about your books you will suddenly get loads of people buying them and you will be inundated! lol thanks nell

      Hi, Eiddwen, thanks as always, I hope you find it useful, you never know! lol cheers nell

      Hi, Ruby, thanks again, why not give it a try? just place a few in the newspapers in the corner shop! but do it sneakily! ha ha thanks nell

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

      That's a great idea, Nell - I printed up my own and have been passing them out like (unwanted) candy to my friends and folks I meet....your ideas are much more solid and will have to try distributing them better!

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, Audrey, I thought when I wrote it that other people have probable done this for ages! but that's me, just a bit slow on the uptake! lol I haven't tried sneaking into a shop yet and stuffing them inside magazines, but the day is coming! thanks again nell

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      Enlydia Listener 6 years ago from trailer in the country

      You have got me thinking....and you offered some great ideas.

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      Gwen Young 6 years ago from DC Metro Area

      Nell great article. How do you go about selecting the hubs you want to put on the card? Do you use individual website addresses of your posts or just your hubpages site?

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, Enlydia, thanks for coming over, It wasn't something that I would have thought of before, until I checked out the hub ideas, and decided to have a go, I thought I would take it one step further and start planting my cards around the town! cheers nell

      Hi, Suni Travel, thanks for stopping by, I added my name, hubpages, and my main profile URL. I also tried to be varied with the hubs that I mentioned, for example, I said Psychic phenomena, true life stories and local history, but of course you can add whatever you want. okay? thanks for reading it, cheers nell

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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you very much for such a good advice.

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, Hello, thanks and I am glad you liked it, cheers nell

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      Darlene Matthews 6 years ago

      Great Advice and ideas!

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, Elearn4life, thanks for reading it, I really appreciate it, cheers nell

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      pmccray 6 years ago from Utah

      You know I never thought of getting business cards for Hubpages . . what a great idea. I've used Vistaprint in the past and have been very happy with the results. Voted up, marked useful and shared.

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, pmccray, thanks for the vote, and I am so glad it was helpful, I have been slipping my cards into newspapers, etc and hoping that nobody spotted me doing it! lol thanks again nell

      p.s. sorry if I take time to answer my computer is really playing up at the moment!

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      Alan 6 years ago

      Great hub on an important topic. Everyone's got business cards!

    • Nell Rose profile image
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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, Alan thanks for reading, cheers nell

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      emmarobert77 5 years ago

      Good leaning tips of business card design, i rally like the way of your creating. Thanks

      http://www.printcentric.com/

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, emma, thanks for reading it, glad you liked it, cheers nell

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      Business card size 5 years ago

      Hi,

      Thank you for this great and useful hub. I'm bookmarking it also for easy future reference.

      BR, Tim

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, Business, thanks for reading, and I am glad you found it useful, cheers nell

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      Michael Wittmeyer 5 years ago

      Great article. Another way you can make free business cards is to design them yourself in a graphic editing program such as Adobe Photoshop or CorelDRAW. The easiest way to do this is to find free templates online for your graphic editing program, then to download the template, edit the information, and print the cards. My favorite spot for finding free templates is http://www.businesscards.org/templates/

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, Michael thanks for the great idea, and appreciate the read, cheers nell

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      Debra Allen 5 years ago from West By God

      Thanks! I am currently making...or trying to..make my own business cards. Having one heck of a time getting clipart for them though. You gave me another idea of the set up of one in your hub. More thoughts to ponder. I don't make hardly anything with my hubs.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, Lady Guinevere, it is a great idea to do it, I put my down the town and I now have people say to me, 'what are you going to write about next time?' I have only just started making money, even if its a little bit, but the best way is to just write and write until you get at least 200 hubs out there, I am on my way, but still feel miles behind everyone else! lol thanks for reading, cheers nell

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      Chetaru 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this information and resources its really help full for me with the help of this we can improve we design.

      Web Design Company India

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, Chetaru, thanks for reading it, and I am glad you found it helpful, cheers nell

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Superb hub my friend! I got my cards from Vistaprint when they offer them for free:) Thank you for the tips!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, Sunshine, I secretly placed mine around the town! lol! every time I went into a shop or library I sneaked them out of my pocket and placed them on the counter! Not sure if it worked but my score did go up for a while! maybe I should do it properly next time! lol! thanks as always, nell

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Nell we gotta do what we gotta do when it comes to pimping out our hubs! I do the same as you. When I meet someone new I give them the card which has my email address and I mention "oh you can go read my hubs also" and I point out the link on the card! :))

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, Sunshine, that sounds like a better idea! lol! maybe I should get a banner and put it up across my towns high street! ha ha!

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      Kiela Starcatcher 5 years ago from Chicago, IL

      Oh, thank you, thank you!!

      Just today I started trying to make something from scratch with a Word template. This is VERY helpful information, and those are great suggestions on where to leave the cards, too! Rated up/useful! (^_^)

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, Kiela, thanks so much, I am glad you found it helpful, it was learning experience for me too, I don't like to be beaten! lol! got there in the end with the business cards, thanks nell

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