Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Here's my Card

A couple of years ago, when I was preparing for the upcoming FaithWriters conference, I decided to order business cards. I was just starting to dip my toes into the freelancing business, plus I wanted to look cool and professional in front of my friends by being able to press a business card in their hand while saying, "here's my card."

So I went ahead and ordered 250 cards from VistaPrint.

The problem was, at the time, I didn't have a website. Or even my own blog. So I put my ShoutLife address on the card (talk about professional). Over the past two years, I've given away about 20 of those cards - and that includes those I handed out at the conference. The other 230 have since seen the inside of a shredder. Good thing they were free (yes, VistaPrint really does offer free printing - you just pay the shipping cost).

So...now that I DO have a website AND this blog, and have actually begun making money at this writing thing, plus will be attending the FaithWriters conference again this coming August and possibly even the ACFW conference in September, I decided it's time to look cool and professional again by getting some REAL business cards.

I posted a question to the ACFW loop about what to include on my cards and I received a few helpful responses. So, this morning, I spent about an hour agonizing over the design and I finally decided to go with the same one I had last time. Girly and colorful, yet gives a clear picture of what I do.

So, I'd love your opinion (see below). Or, better yet, I'd love to see YOUR business card. And I'd love to know why you chose your design. And what information did you include? What is the purpose or focus of your card and to whom do you typically hand them out? Oh...and are they matte or glossy? I almost went with the 100 lb. matte to be even more professional, but then I decided to save that option for when I get my first novel published. Then I'll be beyond cool.
For now, I'll just take cool.
So, without further delay...


Here's my card...



7 comments:

Joanne Sher said...

Lynda - I LOVE yours! The only card I have is the one I made up for the very same reason (LOL and I probably have about the same number left as you do!). Looking forward to getting my hands on your new one.

Tracy said...

They're beautiful, Lynda! I too went with Vista Print (mainly for my blog - I got tired of telling friends and family where to find it) and thought they did a nice job. And you're way cool no matter what cards you have! :-)

Teresa Lee Rainey . . . said...

I have to tell ya, Lynda. . . I think you are totally cool already & the card is very cool as well.

Personally, I've never even thought of having a 'card' & will most likely play around with the idea now - thanks - i think. :*)

Dara said...

I like it!!

I don't have a business card. The last ones I had were printed off on my sister's printer before the FW conference. That was also before I was married, so it still had my maiden name.

I don't know what I'd put on mine as I'm nothing but a secretary...and that has nothing to do with my writing :P Maybe someday I'll think of something.

taedonsgirl90 said...

very cute cards! :)

Hermie said...

I should have read this before I filled out, early tonight, the invitation of VistaPrint to avail of the company's free business cards. I put in the name of the company where I work. I hope I had made it my writer's business card.

Kami said...

Vista Print provides high quality graphic design services... Their colorful printing quality is pretty awesome!!