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#1 PPD

Posted 03 August 2016 - 08:38 PM

I know business cards can be made very cheaply, so the thought may be 'why not?' or they can be useful for putting appointments on if that is the kind of business, but honestly I rarely use one if I am handed it. And if I take one out of interest, I usually don't follow it up and they all end up binned.

I am asking those who have business cards and asking those who take them or are given them - worth it or not?

#2 AlmondButter

Posted 03 August 2016 - 09:14 PM

I work in a professional service capacity (not in sales) and find them useful in a work context.
For example, meetings with new contacts involve exchanging business cards rather than having to awkwardly write down contact details or they come in handy if you forget someone's name later.
Or when posting documentation I will often attach a very short note & a business card rather than typing out a complete letter to save time.

#3 Not Escapin Xmas

Posted 03 August 2016 - 09:57 PM

Absolutely worth it. And make sure you get decent ones. If you have your own business or are in sales or are looking for a new job then you must have biz cards.

#4 theworldsgonemad

Posted 04 August 2016 - 11:24 AM

As a small business owner its not something that you should be without whether you feel they work or not.  You don't need expensive fancy ones as long as the look professionally made that is all you need! Theres hundreds of designers out there who can whip up nice designs without a large outlay & then you can print them from whatever company you like.

Edited by theworldsgonemad, 04 August 2016 - 11:25 AM.

#5 EmmDasher

Posted 04 August 2016 - 11:29 AM

As a customer I find them handy. If I'm at a market I'll collect cards of places I like or things I want to investigate further. When I get home it jogs my memory to look them up on social media etc.

#6 HRH Countrymel

Posted 04 August 2016 - 11:37 AM

I work in a creative industry, on my own, with no business premises.

I engaged a professional to design my business cards and there was much thought into the design and the actual physical paper used.

I get them printed at a small local printers and they do end up being slightly more expensive than one of those generic '1000 cards for $X' deals..


I get so many compliments on the cards, like ridiculous amounts, "People will say "Oh! Oh, THANK YOU!  What a lovely card!"

I've had people come up to me and show me where they have had the stupid thing stashed in their wallets for years!

And they DO work!

Being able to hand over a card instead of scrabbling your email address on a scrap of whatever, when someone asks you for a contact detail is so easy, and less tacky (IMO) when you are in a non-business setting but have been cornered into a business related conversation.

I have been asked by people who own my products if they can 'have some cards' because they want to be able to hand them over when asked about their item..

It's a small expense and for me at least it really pays off.

#7 Veritas Vinum Arte

Posted 04 August 2016 - 11:47 AM

I may have had cards with the family number address mobiles etc printed as my kids started kinder. Very easy to hand over card with details to another parent who wants to contact you while you are try ping to kid wrangle 3 to the car.

The cards were much appreciated and seem on the fridges of friends houses.

ETA I am in the process of planning extension/renovation to house.... Business cards help me keep track of companies I would like to deal with.

Edited by VeritasVinum, 04 August 2016 - 12:00 PM.

#8 hyperion

Posted 04 August 2016 - 12:10 PM

Yes they are worth it. And I've been caught short occasionally and really regretted it.

BTW I want to see a picture of your card now Countrymel.

#9 HRH Countrymel

Posted 04 August 2016 - 12:19 PM

 hyperion, on 04 August 2016 - 12:10 PM, said:

BTW I want to see a picture of your card now Countrymel.

That's the weird thing, it's very, very plain.

The typeface is nice and the cardboard is nice and 'toothy' but it isn't anything super pretty or such?

#10 hyperion

Posted 04 August 2016 - 12:38 PM

 HRH Countrymel, on 04 August 2016 - 12:19 PM, said:

That's the weird thing, it's very, very plain.

The typeface is nice and the cardboard is nice and 'toothy' but it isn't anything super pretty or such?

I was expecting rainbows and unicorns. :laugh:

Actually I think thats the way to go with business cards, I don't like very decorative ones, and because they are given in someone's hands the feel of them is pretty important.

#11 CallMeFeral

Posted 04 August 2016 - 12:50 PM

I don't particularly think they are 'worth it' in any major way, because I'm the same, I lose them straight away and even if I don't I never use them.

But that said, some situations you need to swap business cards. Even if nobody uses it it's part of the social exchange, even if you chuck them in the bin afterwards. And the awkwardness of not having one, when someone wants one, is probably more memorable (in a bad way) than just having one to give although they won't use it.

#12 YodaTheWrinkledOne

Posted 04 August 2016 - 12:56 PM

Professionally, they are very useful.  I often take a business card after I have met someone and then later, I transfer all their details into my contacts.  

I have been caught out not having a business card to hand out and I felt awkward, unprepared and a bit unprofessional, particularly when the person specifically asked me for one.  I always have a few floating around in all my bags now.

#13 Inkogneatoh

Posted 04 August 2016 - 12:58 PM

As someone who has a billion business cards currently in their diary, I love the idea. Admittedly most of them are doctors cards, and most of those contain names I can't pronounce, but I am forever losing the GP's card when ever I hand it over to a specialist and say that they want to be kept in the loop.

Some of the others are ones I want so I can remember to look something up, or have a number, address, or appointment without needing my phone.

I also pass on cards in a recommendation sort of way, as in "Oh, here's who I go to for a massage/ grooms my dog/ use for that" sort of thing, and have been known to grab them for businesses I know others would be interested in (eg, a got one for a company that transfers slides to dvd's for my Aunt as she has heaps of slides from back when they where the "in thing) of her travels).

#14 Lou-bags

Posted 04 August 2016 - 12:59 PM

I think it all depends on how you use them.

A business card thrust into the hand of someone not particularly interested is a waste, sure.

But if you're wanting to contact the person later, for example, it's a lot nicer and easier to be handed a business card than to exchange mobile numbers or rummage for a pen and scrap of paper in your bag to take down an email address.

I would go with something more personalised and not a mass 500 for the low low price of $X though. Make it more unique than that.

I don't think it looks overly professional when you hand over a card with a very obvious Vistaprint design used by three other businesses in your area, for example (there is this one design of theirs I see everywhere!).

#15 HappyTapper

Posted 04 August 2016 - 01:02 PM

It depends on how you plan to use them I suppose. I am a lawyer and for me they are indispensable.

PP, I love the idea of a family card!

#16 Paddlepop

Posted 04 August 2016 - 01:06 PM

As a customer, I love business cards. I have a few tucked into the cover of my diary. Like a PP, mine are mainly medical ones but they're important. So easy to have all the details to hand like phone, address and email, and it saves having to search on the internet for details. Some places will write appointment details on the back of them so if you need to make a cancellation you have the details ready to go.

Love them. Yes, I throw some out but others live permanently in my diary or purse.

#17 Hollycoddle

Posted 04 August 2016 - 01:10 PM


honestly I rarely use one if I am handed it. And if I take one out of interest, I usually don't follow it up and they all end up binned.

If this is in a business context then I would say that you should have a look at who you're networking with and why.  I take and keep cards in my diary and usually there's at least one occasion where I've had call to use them or pass on the details to someone else who's used them.

Edited by Mollycoddle, 04 August 2016 - 01:10 PM.

#18 Lees75

Posted 04 August 2016 - 01:27 PM

They are essential to my business. I am an OT, primarily doing aged care home visits and WorkCover work. My aged clients all want them so they can ring me when they need me. (A lot don't have internet access and wouldn't remember my name or my business name) I have business cards and fridge magnets; most of my clients want both.

My old boss kept all business cards in a folder; it came in very handy. They are a great net-working tool.

In my personal life, I just used a business card today to follow up on a extension quote that I was waiting on.

#19 HRH Countrymel

Posted 04 August 2016 - 01:30 PM

 Lees75, on 04 August 2016 - 01:27 PM, said:

I have business cards and fridge magnets; most of my clients want both.

Oh how I LOVE a fridge magnet!

Want my repeat business tradespeople?  Gimme a fridge magnet!  Oh and good service at a reasonable price...

#20 smilinggirl

Posted 04 August 2016 - 01:55 PM

My husband runs his own painting business and people are always saying to me that they need their house/business etc painted, so being able to instantly hand over a business card has worked for us many times. I keep telling him he needs to pay me commission for getting him work!

#21 Chocolate Addict

Posted 04 August 2016 - 04:26 PM

Yep, I think they are important. I have them on display at markets I do and a lot of people take them, I don't force them to do so.

I also have them on me at all times, my website is a mouthful, so my email address is a bit tricky. Shop@14lettername.com.au type. lol

I give it out to anyone that wants to get in touch with me as my personal addresses seem to be too hard for some people. ie chocolateaddict@emailprovider.this.au

I also use A6 flyers on my display and in the bags I place their products in, offering a 10% discount, very few use them but they might one day.lol

#22 teaspoon

Posted 04 August 2016 - 07:51 PM

I love these new round business cards!

Not sure if they're practical but great as coasters

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