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Opening your own business is an exciting time and an exhilarating process. It does not matter if it is a million-dollar retail outlet, small office, or home office business, it will still be necessary to attract clients or customers. One of the easiest and most effective forms of advertisement is the simple business card. Business cards tell a person just enough to entice them and give them plenty of information on how they can contact you or your business. Potential clients and customers are everywhere. You meet them every day. There is nothing wrong with handing them a card, even if they just shove it in their pocket and forget about it. At the end of the day, that card will be sitting on their dresser or nightstand, compelling them to future action.

Many businesses and self-employed individuals have their business cards professionally designed, and they order them from a printing service. This is perfectly acceptable if money is no object. For the rest of us, especially the home office person, this can be prohibitively expensive. However, this does not mean you have to go without a business card. There are several ways in which you can quickly and easily create a business card with utilities you probably already own.

Create a Business Card with Microsoft Word

This is one of the easiest ways to create a business card. The biggest drawback is that you have to own a copy of Microsoft Office or Word. Other materials needed for this method of creating business cards are a computer, a printer, and full-sheet blank card stock. Blank card stock can be bought pre-perforated to make separating the cards easy later on.

Method 1

The first method you can use to create business cards with Microsoft Word is to use a premade Microsoft business card template. The official business card templates can be accessed either directly through Word 2007 or through your browser by visiting Microsoft Office Online Templates. Once at the website, click on the template category for business cards on the right. Click on print business cards to display over 150 pages of design options. Be sure to note the software compatibility under each option. Download the template by following the instructions. Double-click on the download to open the template in Word.

Alternatively, you can open the template directly from Microsoft Word. Open a new document and a list of templates will be on the left side of the document choice window. Select business cards to open the template.

Once you have the template open in Word, click on the area of the first card where you need to enter your own information, instead of the default information. Once you have completed the first card, you can do the others on the sheet manually, or you can copy and paste it. Now all you have to do is put the card stock in the printer feed and print the sheet for instant business cards.

Method 2

This method is a little more demanding than Method 1, but in some older versions of Word, it is the only way to create business cards.

Open Word and, under the Tools menu, go to Letters and Mailings, then to Envelopes and Labels. Click the Labels tab and in the Print dialogue box, select the Full page of the same label option. Now click the Options… button. When the Labels Options window opens, choose Avery Standard from the Label products drop-down menu. In the Product number window, select “5371 – Business Card.”

Now a grid of business card-size areas opens up on your Word document. You can insert logos and text as you wish. This method allows for more creativity and control in your design, but it is a little more difficult than using a pre-made template.

Create a Business Card with an Online Service

If you do not have Microsoft Word, you can create a business card from any number of online printing services. Many of them, such as Zazzle and Vista Print allow you to design a card using premade templates with options for fonts and colors. The difference here is that you will have to order your cards from the online printing service, but the cost is much more agreeable than at standard printing services, and with some, all you pay for is shipping.

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