Getting free business cards

If you are running a small business then you may not have the resources in place to afford professionally printed business cards, but there are a number of options available for free business cards. If you have access to the Internet then there are a number of websites online that can offer you free business card templates. These are useful tools as they give you the basic layout from which you can start designing professional looking business cards. Some free business card templates can offer you with colored backgrounds, images and artwork that make it quick and easy just to add your own business details and get printing straight away, but these may not be suitable for those who are looking for very individual and eye-catching designs.

You can design business cards from free templates in a number of different formats including Photoshop, PDF, Illustrator, JPEG and Word, and some websites also provide free browser based services so that you can design online and then download the completed business cards for printing.

Freebusinesscardtemplates.com
This website can offer free printable business card templates, and it is easy to search through the different basic designs on offer as they are organized by type or industry. Templates are offered in a high quality format, CMYK JPEG, and there are plenty of useable designs that will be suitable for a wide range of business. It is easy to edit the free templates from freebusinesscardtemplates.com and with most cards you simply type your own contact information and logo into the placeholder text boxes. There is also a choice of plain basic card templates and those with background colors and artwork.

Microsoft Office Online
Microsoft Office Online can offer a number of free business card templates in a whole range of different styles and designs. Single card and multi-card page print layouts are provided, as well as options for single or double sided printing and you can choose from templates with color and artwork or just plain backgrounds. You will need to check that the templates are compatible with the Windows operating system you are using on your system.

Business Card Land
If you want to use the versatile features in Illustrator or Photoshop, then Business Card Land offers free templates compatible with these formats, with single cars and multi-card printing layouts available.

HP Business Card Templates
The HP gallery offers a dozen free business card templates for Microsoft Word. These are easily to download to your desktop, and then you can customize them and start printing out. Horizontal and vertical layouts are offered.

Google Docs Templates
Google Docs can offer several different basic business card templates and these are free and are easy to personalize with your own contact details.

BizCardTemplates.com
This website offers ten monochrome business templates, which are compatible with Microsoft Word and CorelDRAW applications. These free templates offer basic design with simple graphics.

Templates4Cards.com
Templates4Cards.com offer a number of attractive, basic free business card templates which can be easily customized in Photoshop format.

Balancing cost and quality for business printing

When you are planning your budget for your business stationary you will need to balance cost and quality carefully. Businesses of all sizes may find it difficult allocating large funds towards business stationary and so will be on the look out for cheap printing services and good deals. However it is also important that your business stationary is professional and eye-catching and so the quality of the printing is also an important issue.

Balancing cost and quality is a difficult task and you will need to do your research to ensure that you can meet the demands of both your budget and your business stationary needs.

Recommendations

Once you have submitted your design to your printers you will not really know how it will turn out until you receive the finished product. This is why it is important to request samples of previous work and ask for recommendations, as this will help you determine whether or not the finished product will be to the standard you require. Samples provide you with a way to check the quality of the finish print and help you to understand which materials and print techniques will be suitable for both your budget and your business requirements.

Capacity
You do need to check with the printer before you place your order whether they can meet the capacity of printing you are requesting. This is particularly important for large, bulk mail outs and stationary which will need ongoing re-prints. You may get some good discounts for bulk and re-print orders as this will bring a lot of work to the printer you are using.

Turnaround Time

You can save money by ordering your business stationary well in advance. You will pay more in most cases if you need your printing job turned around quickly, so it is best to allow plenty of time.

Materials

Print material can have a significant impact on the quality and costs of your order. By opting for standard print inks and papers (such as 130gsm) you can save money as the printer can include your job as part of a larger bulk print-run. If you want unusual materials or finishes then the printer may have to run your print as a bespoke order and this will cost much more.

When you are ordering your business stationary you do need to consider a number of factors which can affect the cost and quality of the job. By researching the various materials and print techniques available you can save money and still ensure that the quality of your printing is to your requirements.