How to Create Your Own Business Cards

by Ivy Liu; Updated July 27, 2017

Items you will need

  • Business name and contact information
  • Logo and Tagline
  • Small budget
  • Internet or business card stock, software, and printer, or access to a local print shop

If you’re a small business owner, you’ll need business cards to market your products or services. You can easily create your own business cards with a few convenient options. Follow these steps to find out how to create your own business cards in no time.

How to Create Your Own Business Cards

Step 1

Before printing your business cards, you’ll need a business name, logo, and tagline. Decide on this with the help of friends and family or qualified design professionals. There are services online that will design the concept and layout for a fee.

Step 2

If you have existing software like Publisher or Word, you can use the built-in business card making function to setup your own business card templates electronically. If you’re not sure how to do it, you can review the help files or search online. If you create and print your own business cards at home, you’ll need the software and some business card stock that you can get at your office supply store.

Step 3

Alternatively, you can go online to create your own business cards and have them shipped to you. A popular site is Vistaprint.com, which allows you to setup your business card layout online and receive your cards in a few days.

Step 4

If you prefer to see and feel the quality of your card stock, or don’t have all the tools to make your own business cards, you can go to your local print shop or Kinko’s, and bring a disk with your business card electronic file in it. You’d pick out the business card stock paper you want to use. The store employee can take your order and the store will let you know when they’re ready.

Step 5

Finally, if you know any local designer friends, family, or neighbors who are in this line of work, you can contract them for help or feedback. If you don’t know any designers, you can contact local schools or advertise on Craigslist for someone to take on the project.

Tips

  • Compare the above methods and research different vendors to determine the best way for you to create your own business cards.

Warnings

  • Choose an appropriate tone and style layout for your company image and industry. Your business card is a reflection of you and your professionalism. Avoid loud tacky colors and hard to read fonts.

About the Author

Ivy Liu graduated from New York University Stern School of Business with a Master of Business Administration in marketing and a Bachelor of Science in information systems and finance. With more than a decade of writing experience, Liu has written for hundreds of websites and publications on business, travel and many other topics.