You know what's hard? Marketing yourself. Talking about how how awesome you are and the great things you're doing without sounding braggy is tough. That's why I'm more about that slide-a-business-card-and-lets-discuss-via-email life. No, but really, I used to have non-9-to-5 sponsored business cards when I was in college and trying to land my "dream" PR job, and while I can't say they were responsible for helping land said job, I do understand their importance.
I searched a couple options for designing my "blogger" business cards and was very close to purchasing a design from Moo. But after I got to thinking about it, I realized that I'm not making enough monies from this here blogging to invest in fancy business cards. So I opted to make my own on Canva. Canva makes it easy to produce graphic designs when you're like me and don't want to continue paying for Photoshop. I have the Canva for business version, but you could totally make something great with the free version as well.
Once I designed my cards, I did some price comparing to find the cheapest printer. Staples won by a long shot. I believe I got somewhere around 250 cards for about $14. Y'all know I love me some gold, and I had the option to add a metallic foil to the cards, but I opted out and instead decided to gild the edges myself with liquid gold leaf.
I saw a DIY somewhere on Pinterest that cut out the top of a toy alligator and business cards fit perfectly inside. Can we not talk about how miserably I failed at recreating that? For starters, idk what type of knife, saw, jack hammer you need to cut through a toy alligator, but I tried as hard as I could and stopped shortly before I lost a finger. The alligator I got from Hobby Lobby was apparently real gator because I could not, for the life of me, cut through that thing. Just when I almost counted it a fail, I realized that I had the most obvious business card holder that called for no knives... the alligator's mouth, duh.
What you need:
- Business cards (design some on Canva!)
- Toy alligator (maybe this one isn't made of steal?)
- Liquid gold leaf
- Spray paint
- Paint brush
Spray paint your alligator with the color of your choice. Holding a stack of business cards irmly together, paint the edges with the liquid gold leaf. Let both dry. Place cards in alligators mouth and proudly display on your desk. Voila.