Business Cards: What Do You Do?

Recently a new acquaintance asked me what I do. I said, “I’m a writer and an administrative professional.” We discussed my writing for a bit and then he asked me if I had a business card.

Oops.

Sometimes writers think that, just because we don’t have our names on the cover of a book or the byline of a magazine or website column, we can’t take ourselves seriously as writers or even introduce ourselves as writers. That’s a mistake.

Who will take me seriously if I don’t take me seriously?

So, after having to say, “Sorry, I don’t have any,” I vowed to buy a pack of business cards.

You’ve probably seen MOO business card ads. A friend of mine used the company to produce his cards, so I gave MOO a try.  The process was painless; I uploaded my photo and logo to their website and used one of their templates.

Yesterday the cards arrived and I am pleased with the result. They’re made with a silky matte laminate finish on a heavyweight paper. One side is just my name, title, and mini logo, while the other is the “Remember me” side that includes my photo, tag line, and contact info.

These cards are also an incentive for me to hurry up and finish my new website, since I listed it on the card. It’s been a slow go with the site due a variety of both technical and personal delays this year. But Afternoon Tea readers will be the first to know when www.darlamcdavid.com is up and running!

What do you do? Whether you’re a writer trying to get her work to the public or you’re a mother proud of her children, a cat rescuer, a movie watcher, a juggler — whatever you do, having a business card (personal card? calling card?) could be a great way to share your world with others. Have fun with them. You don’t have to have something to sell to be a person of busy-ness.

Do you want cards of your own? Order them through MOO and get 10% off with my referral link. http://us.moo.com/share/#n7qkw8, and I’ll get MOOla credit on my account. 😀

Darla McDavid

I'm Darla, a writer of stories about family, friends, goodness, and God. I love cats, coffee, gardening, and tall stacks of books. Click here to subscribe to my blog. You can also find me on Facebook and Instagram. In my other life, I'm an administrative professional and a Sunday School teacher for preschoolers.

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  1. After writing down my website, blog, and YouTube information many times, I finally had a “funny business card” made up, since I am retired and don’t do things anymore if they aren’t fun…if I can help it!

    It’s a great idea, costs very little, and saves time when one wants to share these particulars with people who potentially are interested in how one spends one’s time.

    Your card, incidentally, if perfect!

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    • That’s exactly it — a card to share how you spend your time. And people love them getting them when they’re as fun as I’m sure yours are. Glad you’re having fun in retirement!

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  2. perfect timing I was just thinking about business cards and how I should list myself.. You did a great job, I love the picture or yourself on it too great idea!

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    • Thanks, Patty. I got the photo idea from someone else. She talked about handing out cards at writing conferences and how agents and publishers get stacks and stacks of cards and packets. With a photo on the card, they’d have a way to remember you more easily.

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