Business card samples

A lot of small business owners don’t think about the story they are telling with their business cards, brochures, and websites. They work hard to get the information right and to get it in front of people’s eyes, but they don’t think about what the writing style, graphics, layout, and medium might be telling people.

When they do put thought into these details (or hire me to do so), even something as small as a business card can make a big impression.

Leo Vela, the “Patch Man,” needed business cards that would tell the right story about his business.

Example 1—
“Reliable Tradesman”

When Leo Vela asked if I could help him with some business cards for the patching and painting work he does, I was happy to. He gave me copies of the signs he’d been using, which had his basic details and contact information, and I turned that information into some distinctive business cards that Leo is very happy with. The story Leo’s business cards tell does not have to be the same story an investment advisor would tell, but those cards should be telling people that Leo is a solid, hard-working professional. I think the solid black background does that, as does the font used for “Patch Man.” The image on the card is distinctive, and it communicates Leo’s specialty, particularly to contractors and other tradesmen.

Dave Brown’s family has been in roofing since 1926, and this is the first business card he’s ever used.

Example 2—
“Trusted Local”

Dave Brown (who often comments on this blog, and has even been a guest blogger here) also wanted some business cards that would tell the right story about his roofing business. Dave’s family has been in roofing a long time, and word-of-mouth is his primary source of new business. But Dave realized a business card would make it easier for customers and prospects to keep his information handy. Again, the image on the card immediately communicates what business Dave is in, and the colors reinforce his name, making it easy for new customers to remember.

Ann Schenkel’s business needed a higher-quality business card than what she was able to get for free online.

Example 3— “Health and Wellness”

Ann Schenkel is an independent Shaklee distributor, and she had been using business cards that she got for free online. But the cards were flimsy, and the stock images she was using were not distinctive. Ann wanted to upgrade the story her business cards were telling her customers. We chose bright, noticeable colors to convey health, vitality, and earth-friendliness. And we chose fonts that are readable yet refreshing. We also were careful to follow the guidelines that Shaklee has in place about using their logo. The cards were printed on 15pt card stock with a gloss finish, which gave them a much more professional feeling than Ann’s previous cards. When she received them, she emailed me, “They look just great!  You do amazing work. This is so out of my comfort zone, but I’m glad it is in yours!”

Example 4— “Friendly Confidence”

One more interesting business card story: Diane Wallander is a woman with a unique set of skills that she didn’t know exactly how to communicate. She has some martial arts training, and she teaches self-defense classes for women. But in speaking with the women taking her classes, she realized they needed not just the physical defense skills, but also emotional readiness. I came up with the tagline “Physical and Emotional Confidence Skills” to summarize what Diane was offering.

Diane Wallander’s unique business card design allowed us to include a “free sample” of her training tips.

Diane also decided to use her business card as a “free sample” of the skills she conveys in her sessions. It’s hard to tell from the small image, but the card actually unfolds to reveal “7 Quick Tips for Women.” (Click on the image to open a PDF of the card that you can save to your computer.)

What’s your story?

If you are a business owner, be aware that every time your name is in front of a customer—on a business card, a flyer, a website, a coupon—it’s telling a story about you. It’s up to you to make sure the story is one you want to tell!

Let me know if I can help.

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  • David Brown September 15, 2010, 10:54 pm

    To know Melanie is to trust her ! When I asked her to design business cards for me I had some antique look in mind since my business is 84 years old .Melanie sent me something with a lot of blue, I thought, and it looked modern to me. I decided to trust Melanie`s taste over mine.I gave one of my new cards to an 80 year old customer.Her home is comfortable, which she designed for appearance ,but also functions perfectly for the entertaining she still does.She has excellent taste.
    When she looked at my card her first words were,”I love the blue and how it makes the brown stand out”. Trust Melanie`s design work and I don`t believe you will be disappointed.

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  • Jean Dewitt November 17, 2010, 5:02 am

    Wow! This is an excellent post, Melanie! It gives a great overview of what you can do with a business card, and makes me wonder what you can do with mine. Leo Velo’s card was particularly brilliant. What do you charge for this service? And do you mind if I add this blog post to one of my blogs? Thanks! ~Jean

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    • Melanie Jongsma, Wordsmith December 29, 2011, 10:45 pm

      Jean, even though I sent you an email privately about this, I thought I’d post an answer in the comments too, in case other people need the information. Though the price can vary, depending on specifics of each situation, I’ve charged $150-200 for the above samples. That price includes design, artwork, layout, two rounds of revisions, and 100 printed cards once the final design is approved. If you need reprints later of the same design, the cost is much cheaper and is based on the quantity you need printed.

      Let me know if you need additional information!

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