Bad Business Cards = Bad Business

One of the biggest faux pas in the business world is forgetting your business cards or not having any at all. It is truly the one item that you should carry around with you at all times in order to promote your business. You never know when that dream client may walk around the next corner. And if you are attending a business event, PLEASE bring more than you think you may need as it could get ugly (or you could be disappointed) when you run out.

Now if you’ve placed your self into that bucket of not having any cards … shame on you! You are the sole representation of your business. You are marketing yourself to the world. It’s a simple step, so take the plunge!

If you have already taken the plunge into the world of business cards, here are some tips and tricks to watch out for during the design process …

  • Zero contact information:
    This is a must, so always include your business name, personal name, phone number and email address. If you have a website or social media accounts those are an added bonus.

  • Typos:
    Make sure to use spell check and have your layout double checked by a second (or even third) set of eyes.

  • Unreadable fonts:
    Try not to use fonts that seem fancy like Papyrus, Cosmic Sans, Lucida Handwriting, Courier, Brush Script, or Algerian. These are just a few to name and are either overused or very hard to read. Especially when on a small item such as your card.

  • Too many fonts:
    As a design rule of thumb (in all instances, not just with your business cards), limit yourself to 2, maybe 3 font choices. If you go over this amount your design will look clunky and seem confusing.

  • Information overload:
    Allow plenty of room for white space. Your business card is a face of necessity. You want them to dig further into your business so use it as a starting point.

  • Low quality printing:
    The worst thing that could happen is you are at a grand business event where everyone is handing out their business cards and you pull yours out and it’s thin, floppy and pixelated. Think super sturdy paper and choose the right finish. Finding a good printer is a tough challenge but paying the price for a good set of cards is well worth it in the end.

  • Boring syndrome:
    Make yourself stand out in this big beautiful world of business. Simple design may sound boring but they are the most interesting if you use the proper font choices and sizes.


Feeling overwhelmed? Can’t afford to hire a graphic designer?

Many online printing companies offer pre-designed templates. While these are not my first choice, if you are looking for an attractive card that has a professional look and feel, something that you can be proud of when on a tight budget, consider looking into this option. But please remember that customization is an option and I highly suggest it.

To narrow this all down … your business cards don’t have to be expensive, but they should at least look expensive. 

They have to be professional and a reflection of you and your business. You’re a professional now so show yourself off to the world!

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Crystal is an artist, a writer, an organizer, a dreamer, a doer, and down-right proud of it NERD!.

Struck with a love for #AllThings creative at a very young age, Crystal dreamed of a life fueled by her passion for creating and bringing the stories and images in her mind into reality.

As she worked toward her dreams, she earned a diploma as a Computer Applications Specialist then another in Graphic Design and from there began to develop her extensive background in multimedia and the arts. She began her worked in the magazine industry as a layout designer and had a succession of design jobs thereafter. It was her role as a graphic/web designer that gave her the first real glimpse of her future. Soon she began a side job as a freelance designer while keeping one foot in the corporate world. A spark was lit! She turned her freelance gig into a full-time business combining design work with her other passion: creating organization from virtual chaos.

Crystal is one of the most organized individuals on the planet. She is by all means a Zen master of her crafts. She excels at helping others become “untangled” and provides her clients with tools to run their businesses smoothly while she takes care of the details behind the scenes. Thus Virtually Untangled was born. A successful business where her work as a top notch creative in graphic and web — with a twist of virtual assistant — married into one amazing place where clients can come with their virtual messes and become magically untangled. Crystal can always make sense of even the most unorganized chaos and offers a virtual detox of order and peace, so her clients can get busy doing the work that they love the most.

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