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Six inspiring business card designs for your business

Your business card may be printed on quality paper, but is it as boring as a blank wall? Get inspired to make a change!



Get motivated to update your business card

Last month, we looked at 50 business cards as motivation to update our own business cards. First impressions go a long way and handing someone the same old played out Re/Max card with a balloon, your face and your address is functional but doesn’t take the extra step to really wow a potential client.

If you want to be memorable, start with updating your business cards. Textures and typography are really in right now and costs have gone down considerably in the last several years as methods are more mainstream than experimental.

6 inspirational designs

Here are six designs to get your brain churning. Tell us in the comments which is your favorite.

All images courtesy of BusinessCardInspiration blog.

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  1. Jason Improta - Calabasas Homes for Sale

    August 22, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    really cool designs. I am a Realtor who was a graphic designer in a former life. Love them.

    • Lani Rosales

      August 22, 2010 at 9:34 pm

      I have to admit that it’s one of my obsessions, but I swear I’m not part of the cast of American Psycho… 🙂

  2. Ken Brand

    August 22, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    I’m always smile when I see “crazy imaginative”. If I had to choose, I’d choose the little jagged pull tab, because it’s interactive.


    • Lani Rosales

      August 22, 2010 at 9:35 pm

      I’m way into textures right now. In a bad way. I remember people by their business card if they’re not boring. In fact, I keep all business cards because I sometimes forget names but never forget the image of the card.

  3. Bruce Lemieux

    August 22, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    The accountant in me sees dollars flying out of my wallet (and me hopelessly grasping at them as they fly by) with these very nice – but pricey – designs.

    • Lani Rosales

      August 22, 2010 at 9:36 pm

      Bruce, I have a curse of being someone who lusts after creative designs but I’m also super cheap. A good way to get my way is to do Moo cards (or mini cards) which we have printed by our local printer at like half the price. It has taken a lot of experimentation to get high quality design at a low price.

  4. Alex Cortez

    August 22, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    Really digging that 2nd one, it’s simple yet very elegant (and screams ‘expensive’).

  5. Kristin

    August 23, 2010 at 10:06 am

    I love all of these designs. But for real estate, I’m not sure. They would be perfect for an agent that specializes in high-end, luxury homes…but for the average agent serving the majority of buyers/sellers, I’m afraid these designs may be a little intimidating to potential clients.

    • Lani Rosales

      August 23, 2010 at 1:35 pm

      I see your point but I would argue that a client sees care taken in the little details to stand out and would likely believe you to take that same care in listing their home or finding them a new home and that your marketing stands out compared to the same old same old junk this industry spews out.

      Some of these designs are too serious for some people and others too whimsical, and you’re right- it should match the business model and agent personality. What do you think?

  6. Online Printing Services

    August 23, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    Wow, thanks for sharing. Its always nice to see new card designs versus the ol’ cookie cutter bland cards.

  7. Anthony Rueda

    August 23, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    All six designs are very creative and very well done. I’d probably select the second card if I were to choose. I’m a big believer providing 1st rate marketing materials, as well as doing the little things to separate myself from the pack.

  8. Judy Peterson

    August 24, 2010 at 8:04 am

    Good reminder about moo cards. I also love good design. In my market
    market high end cards just might reinforce the 6%/Mercedes mentality.

  9. Eric Holmes

    August 24, 2010 at 1:53 pm is a gallery style blog dedicated to business card design. It’s a great place to pick up ideas and to find a solid printer.

  10. Timu@Miami

    November 30, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    Any more real estate business card samples? Thanks

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Bite-sized retail: Macy’s plans to move out of malls

(BUSINESS MARKETING) While Macy’s shares have recently climbed, the department store chain is making a change in regards to big retail shopping malls.



Macy's retail storefront, which may look different as they scale to smaller stores.

I was recently listening to a podcast on Barstool Sports, and was surprised to hear that their presenting sponsor was Macy’s. This struck me as odd considering the demographic for the show is women in their twenties to thirties, and Macy’s typically doesn’t cater to that crowd. Furthermore, department retail stores are becoming a bit antiquated as is.

The sponsorship made more sense once I learned that Macy’s is restructuring their operation, and now allowing their brand to go the way of the ghost. They feel that while malls will remain in operation, only the best (AKA the malls with the most foot traffic) will stand the test of changes in the shopping experience.

As we’ve seen a gigantic rise this year in online shopping, stores like Macy’s and JC Penney are working hard to keep themselves afloat. There is so much changing in brick and mortar retail that major shifts need to be made.

So, what is Macy’s proposing to do?

The upscale department store chain is going to be testing smaller stores in locations outside of major shopping malls. Bloomingdale’s stores will be doing the same. “We continue to believe that the best malls in the country will thrive,” CEO Jeff Gennette told CNBC analysts. “However, we also know that Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s have high potential [off]-mall and in smaller formats.”

While the pandemic assuredly plays a role in this, the need for change came even before the hit in March. Macy’s had announced in February their plans to close 125 stores in the next three years. This is in conjunction with Macy’s expansion of Macy’s Backstage, which offers more affordable options.

Gennette also stated that while those original plans are still in place, Macy’s has been closely monitoring the competition in the event that they need to adjust the store closure timeline. At the end of the second quarter, Macy’s had 771 stores, including Bloomingdale’s and Bluemercury.

Last week, Macy’s shares climbed 3 percent, after the retailer reported a more narrow loss than originally expected, along with stronger sales due to an uptick in their online business. So they’re already doing well in that regard. But will smaller stores be the change they need to survive?

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Why you must nix MLM experience from your resume

(BUSINESS MARKETING) MLMs prey on people without much choice, but once you try to switch to something more stable, don’t use the MLM as experience.



Discussing including MLM experience on a resume.

MLM experience… Is it worth keeping on your resume?

Are you or someone you know looking for a job after a stint in an MLM? Well, first off, congratulations for pursuing a real job that will provide a steady salary! But I also know that transition can be hard. The job market is already tight and if you don’t have much other work experience on your resume, is it worth trying to leverage your MLM experience?

The short answer? Heck no.

As Ask the Manager puts it, there’s a “strong stigma against [MLMs],” meaning your work experience might very well put a bad taste in the mouth of anyone looking through resumes. And looking past the sketchy products many offer, when nearly half of people in MLMs lose money and another quarter barely break even, it sure doesn’t paint you in a good light to be involved.

(Not to mention, many who do turn a profit only do so by recruiting more people, not actually by selling many products.)

“But I wouldn’t say I worked for an MLM,” you or your friend might say, “I was a small business owner!”

It’s a common selling point for MLMs, that often throw around pseudo-feminist feel good slang like “Boss Babe” or a “Momtrepreneur,” to tell women joining that they’re now business women! Except, as you might have guessed, that’s not actually the case, unless by “Boss Babe” you mean “Babe Who Goes Bankrupt or Tries to Bankrupt Her Friends.”

A more accurate title for the job you did at an MLM would be Sales Rep, because you have no stake in the creation of the product, or setting the prices, or any of the myriad of tasks that a real entrepreneur has to face.

Okay, that doesn’t sound nearly as impressive as “small business owner.” And I know it’s tempting to talk up your experience on a resume, but that can fall apart pretty quickly if you can’t actually speak to actual entrepreneur experience. It makes you look like you don’t know what you’re talking about…which is also not a good look for the job hunt.

That said… Depending on your situation, it might be difficult to leave any potential work experience off your resume. I get it. MLMs often target people who don’t have options for other work opportunities – and it’s possible you’re one of the unlucky ones who doesn’t have much else to put on paper.

In this case, you’ll want to do it carefully. Use the sales representative title (or something similar) and, if you’re like the roughly 50% of people who lose money from MLMs, highlight your soft skills. Did you do cold calls? Tailor events to the people who would be attending? Get creative, just make sure to do it within reason.

It’s not ideal to use your MLM experience on a resume, but sometimes desperate times call for desperate measures. Still, congratulations to you, or anyone you know, who has decided to pursue something that will actually help pay the bills.

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This smart card manages employee spending with ease

(BUSINESS MARKETING) Clever credit cards make it easier for companies to set spending policies and help alleviate expense problems for both them and their employees.



Spendesk showing off its company credit cards.

Company credit cards are a wonderful solution to managing business expenses. They work almost exactly like debit cards, which we all know how to use, am I right? It is the twenty-first century after all. Simply swipe, dip, or tap, and a transaction is complete.

However, keeping up with invoices and receipts is a nightmare. I know I’ve had my fair share of hunting down wrinkled pieces of paper after organizing work events. Filling out endless expense reports is tedious. Plus, the back and forth communication with the finance team to justify purchases can cause a headache on both ends.

Company credit cards make it easier for companies to keep track of who’s spending money and how much. However, they aren’t able to see final numbers until expense reports are submitted. This makes monitoring spending a challenge. Also, reviewing all the paperwork to reimburse employees is time-consuming.

But Spendesk is here to combat those downsides! This all-in-one corporate expense and spend management service provides a promising alternative to internal management. The French startup “combines spend approvals, company cards, and automated accounting into one refreshingly easy spend management solution.”

Their clever company cards are what companies and employees have all been waiting for! With increasing remote workforces, this new form of payment comes at just the right moment to help companies simplify their expenditures.

These smart cards remove limitations regular company cards have today. Spendesk’s employee debit cards offer companies options to monitor budgets, customize settings, and set specific authorizations. For instance, companies can set predefined budgets and spending category limitations on flights, hotels, restaurants, etc. Then they don’t have to worry about an employee taking advantage of their card by booking a first-class flight or eating at a high-end steakhouse.

All transactions are tracked in real time so finance and accounting can see purchases right as they happen. Increasing visibility is important, especially when your employee is working remotely.

And for employees, this new form of payment is more convenient and easier on the pocket. “These are smart employee company cards with built-in spending policies. Employees can pay for business expenses when they need to without ever having to spend their own money,” the company demonstrated in a company video.

Not having to dip into your checking account is a plus in my book! And for remote employees who just need to make a single purchase, Spendesk has single-use virtual debit cards, too.

Now, that’s a smart card!

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