How to Make Business Cards at Home: The Steps to an Amazing DIY Business Card

Did you know that the average price for 500 business cards is over $20?

That's a lot of money for something you could have made with some cardstock and your home printer. Even if you end up buying a program to make the cards, the cost of that will cancel itself out after a few uses.

That's not to say you need a special program, even Microsoft Word will do. Want to get in on this business owner's money saving tip?

Check out how to make business cards at home below.

How to Make Business Cards at Home

Before you buy anything and start up the printer, you need an idea of what you're going to put on your cards. This is more important than just your name and your color scheme.

Too many business cards get automatically thrown away, they're seen as clutter. How do you get around that phenomenon?

You make your business card into something useful. For example, if you're an interior designer, you could put a guide to matching colors on the back of your card.

Some realtors equip their cards with mortgage stats or a guide on what type of home you can afford.

Be creative. You can add your hours or some frequently asked questions on the back. Make sure you're delivering value with your card, along with the card itself.

Design the Card

If you have Microsoft Office products, you can type "business cards" into the template section and a guide will come up.

If you're overwhelmed by designing your own, check into Vistaprint promos. They can give you examples of designs.

If you don't want to use that or don't have it, online free programs like Canva can help you out.
Canva has you create a free account and lets you upload things like designs and your logo into the program.

Buy the Paper

Your business cards are obviously not going to go on regular printer paper. If they did, no one would take you seriously!

You need card stock, preferably stark white card stock. You can get shiny or matte, though know shiny papers have a higher chance of smudging.

You're looking for paper between 14 and 20 points of thickness, which you'll see listed on the box. 20 points is about as thick as you'll ever need for a business card.

Check the notes on the product and make sure you buy paper for the type of printer you have, inkjet or laser. This makes a big difference in the quality of printing!

Print Your Cards

Once you have everything set, make sure you tell your printer you're using thicker paper. Then, print one set of cards and let them dry.

Make sure all is well before you start another page. Cut your cards with a paper cutter and use a ruler! You don't want sloppy lines showing your customers that you've done a bad DIY job.

There! Now you know how to make business cards at home. What are you waiting for? Get out there and make some connections.


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