Professional stationery is a must if you belong to the corporate world. It helps establish your position in the company. This goes the same for those who are starting their own business. Using professional stationery when writing to people can help you get recognized immediately. If your company does not provide you with stationery, you can make your own. It is relatively cheap and easy to create.
Here are the steps on how to make cheap professional stationery:
- Make a draft. Get a piece of paper and make a rough draft of your stationery. Decide which information you want to include. You may put your name, position, address, contact numbers, email address, business address, etc. If you work for a company or you have your own, you could also include the business logo.
- Choose the stationery paper. White linen paper is most recommended because it is cheap but elegant-looking. White linen paper is available in local book stores. Soft pastel shades of paper will do, just as long as it could still give your stationery the professional look.
- Choose the printer. If you want to print the stationery the cheapest way possible, print it yourself. All you need is an ink jet printer and you’re good to go. Another option is to have printed by a local print shop. They usually have printing packages that you may find affordable.
- Create your stationery. Open a blank MS Word document. Create your stationery according to the draft that you made. Choose the font face and size, and the positions where you will put all the information. Choose elegant font styles to keep the look professional. Add the picture of the logo if you like. Be careful of the alignments and margins.
- Print a sample. After creating your stationery, print one copy of it. It is easier to do the adjustments when you have seen the finish product. This will let you see what needs to be changed.
- Edit your stationery. If you need to do some changes, edit your stationery now. Once you are satisfied with the outcome, make one final print then save the file. Save it on your computer, or save the file on a readable disk if you’ll have the stationery printed by a print shop.
- Print your stationery. Check if you have enough ink on your printer if you are going to print the stationery yourself. Or bring the disk where you saved the file to a print shop and have your stationery printed. Show them your printed stationery so they know what it should look like after printing. Bring your own paper so you could be sure of the paper quality.
- Choose the envelope. Get the envelopes for your stationery. White linen papers usually have matching envelopes. Choose simple but elegant-looking ones to match the professional look of your stationery.
Start creating your own professional stationery. Show it to your colleagues and encourage them to make one for themselves, too.