Creating business cards is a great way to make money. If you're creative, good on a computer, and can meet deadlines, you can do this. It is a fast and easy way to make extra money. It can be your side hobby and, if it picks up, consider making it into a small business.
Things You Will Need
Business Card Paper
Business Card Software
Get a high quality printer. This is necessary for printing the business cards. If you can afford it, purchase a color laser printer. This will be the best value for your money. Don't forget to buy the proper inks and toners.
Get the necessary paper. There are different textures and weights that can be used for business cards. There are two design options to choose from, the first one is the pre-cut paper that already has the business card shapes. If you would like, you can purchase a good card stock. This will make it easier to print as you will not have certain template restrictions. The down side is that you will have to cut the cards after you print them.
Set up the business card software and get used to it. The better you know the software, the nicer the cards will look.
Create a few sample designs. In the samples, use your personal business information. This is a good source of advertising.
Begin advertising. The only way you can make money is if people know about it. Consider posting your services on websites like Craigslist. You can also place an ad in the newspaper or put business cards in local restaurants.
Get started. Create a mock-up with your client's information. Keep the business type in mind when creating the mock-ups. Be creative and have a few different options for the client to choose from. Let the client proofread the card.
Print the cards once they've been approved. Be sure to have the right amount of cards on the correct type of business card paper. It is important to inspect the business cards so that they are all aligned properly and include the correct information.
Package and deliver the business cards. If you are only doing this for local businesses, you can hand-deliver them. If not, you'll have to properly ship them to your client.
Make sure you send the bill and collect the payment. This is your money-making strategy, so you must follow through. Don't feel badly if you are forceful in the event of nonpayment.
Keep records of each transaction. Include the business name, location, business card design, amount of cards ordered, and anything else that you think you need to remember. With the different database software, you can easily put this information together in no time.
Consider giving a discount for any first time customers. Let your clients know that your services are available in the future.