Use business cards, but, not like a crutch…

I was talking with a new small business owner who was lamenting about how long it was taking for her new business cards to arrive.  I didn’t give her comment much consideration, and, moved on with a question for her… I asked her “…how are things going, are you having any luck finding new clients?”  Well, she looked at me like I was insane, and, replied “I can’t work yet, like I said, my business cards haven’t arrived yet.” (and all said with an attitude, I may add)

Little did could this lady know, her comment has given me a great talking point over the years.  I didn’t tell her she was making excuses, I didn’t tell her she was convincing herself she couldn’t.  She was making excuses so she didn’t have to work yet.  Not quite sure why, we wont focus on that.  What I do want to provide is a couple of solutions to you new business owners…

When you are new, and, you don’t have business cards yet (or any other tool which will help you move forward), you CAN do business.  You CAN meet and talk with people, you can call people on the phone, you can do all sorts of things!  What I do when I run out of business cards is take out my business card holder (which I know is empty), open it, and, say something to the effect of “oh, I forgot, I ran out of cards – what’s your cell & email – I’ll email and text you my contact card”

Don’t let your lack of business cards be an excuse as to why you can’t be working IN your business.  Here’s an idea if ya really can’t function without cards (especially at a large networking event) – buy a package of business cards on Amazon, design and print a SIMPLE design (which will not look homemade) at Avery.com, and, use those, temporarily, until your ordered ones come in, no biggie.  It’s not nearly as important to have slick business cards as you may think, but, if ya gotta have em, think about buying these:

Avery Two-Side Printable Clean Edge Business Cards for Inkjet Printers, Matte, White, Pack of 200 (08871)

  • Clean, smooth edges for a professional presentation
  • True Print product feature creates better printer alignment of text and images for great results.
  • Two-sided printing provides greater surface area to give your clients key information
  • Extra-sturdy, matte-coated cards feel substantial in your hand
  • Convenient do-it-yourself cards mean that you can make changes to your design as often as you like
  • Design and print from your desktop in minutes

And, like I said, make some simple ones at Avery.com, print right from your printer, and, poof, problem solved.  In fact, I’ll make it easy for ya – here is the exact right template to use on Avery.com.  Click on THIS LINK then select one of the first two options in the list – to print one side or both.  And, remember – it is up to YOU to succeed, your excuses wont do it for you!

What tips do you have?  Comment below, and, let us know!

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