Business Cards With Spunk

I feel like in today's day in age, in order to leave a lasting impression on someone (especially employers), you need something that sets you apart. As someone who was looking for a job for quite some time before working with Young and Free Maine (have you liked the page on facebook yet?) I know how important it is to make a good first impression on someone whether it's the first time you meet or the first interview. In my travels recently, I have discovered a few great ways to make sure you establish a relationship with a potential future employer. One of the greatest ways to do this is through business cards. Now it may seem like a weird thing to purchase as an 18-25 year old, especially if you don't have a job, but business cards can be a great way to make sure people have your contact information. Here are some great sites I have found that allow you to purchase relatively inexpensive cards, and ones you will be proud to pass out. You never know, it could be your ticket into getting your next job.

Vista Prints

When I started to hang up my photography in Starbucks, I decided that I would need to print some business cards in case someone was interested in buying some of my work. I had never purchased cards before, but I had heard about Vista Print and decided to check it out. The great thing about Vista Print is that you can get 250 cards for free. Yes, you heard me right. All you have to pay is shipping and handling. Now, the cards are pretty basic and while there are about 45 different color and photo schemes you can choose from, the back of the card will say something like, powered by Vista Print, or something to that effect. For a small price, you can change the back of the card so you don't have to have anything about the website included. You can also choose different kinds of card stock (glossy, matte, thicker paper, etc) for an upgraded price as well. You can also create posters, stickers, and various other products for a pretty cheap price. For me, where I only needed the cards for contact information, it worked out well for me. In the end, I got 250 cards for free, like they promised, and still have plenty left for my photography.

Moo Cards

I found out about Moo cards when I was in Indiana a few weeks back. They offer business cards as well, but they also offer mini cards for people who don't enjoy toting around normal sized cards. These are nifty, and easy to carry, as they can easily fit on a a key chain with the correct holder. There are tons of different designs to choose from, and you are even able to upload your own photos so it can have your own personal touch. They are easy to give out, and if you are someone who doesn't readily carry around a wallet or purse, you can carry these and not have to worry about them taking up much space in your pocket.

Meet-Meme

These are probably some of the coolest cards I have found in recent years. I learned about Meet-Meme, once again, in Indiana and essentially you create a trading card for yourself. The card includes your bio, super power and either a quote or your favorite hobbies. Now it seems like it is fairly simple at first, but when you turn the card over, it has a list of your contact information, but it also has a QR Code which when scanned, links all your information to a site. Essentially it means that with one click, you can follow people on Twitter, connect with them on Linkedin, and find them on Facebook. It's a great way to stay connected with people. It's also a great way to make sure that people you meet at conferences or in every day life don't forget you. Often times I'll tell people to find me on Facebook, but with a last name like Poplaski, it's hard to remember. This card allows you to go past that, and make sure the person connects with you. Many people also have a personal Facebook page and a professional Facebook page so if you give it to a potential employer, you can make sure they find the correct page.

So there you have it. Three different cards you can purchase that can help you connect with others. It may seem weird at first, but I highly recommend at least considering buying some business cards for yourself. If anything, it is a great way to make sure people know who you are and what you have to offer.

Do you have business cards?

Seth P.