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jeromedawg

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Business cards?
« on: April 25, 2017, 05:13:53 PM »
Hey all,

Anyone have recommendations on where to create and print business cards? After going to several REI meetings realizing I probably should have *something* to trade with people, I figured it would be a good idea to get a stack. I could order a stack through my company but they'd probably make me justify it (I could argue that I need them for when I go to conferences, which is hardly ever lol). Plus, if I got them through my company it would have my day job title and info on it, which has nothing to do with real estate.... that might be a little odd to be handing out at REI meetings.

In any case, I just wanted to get some thoughts on this matter... who knows, maybe I don't need any after all since I end up pinging those who I get cards from anyway. But whenever they ask if I have a business card after handing me theirs, I get a slight look of disdain half the time when I tell them "sorry nope. I really need to print some".
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Re: Business cards?
« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2017, 06:11:31 PM »
Mine were made with Vistaprint, they're pretty sweet and affordable

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Re: Business cards?
« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2017, 06:17:48 PM »
or try moo dot com

jeromedawg

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Re: Business cards?
« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2017, 06:34:58 PM »
Don't some of these companies print their branding/logo on the back of the cards as well? I'd want to avoid that.

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Re: Business cards?
« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2017, 09:36:35 PM »
Vista print only does  their branding with the free cards.  The paid cards are still reasonable, and look like any business card, except that their cheapest ones really do look a bit cheaper than any business card I have ever seen.

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Re: Business cards?
« Reply #5 on: April 26, 2017, 08:59:14 AM »
Vista print only does  their branding with the free cards.  The paid cards are still reasonable, and look like any business card, except that their cheapest ones really do look a bit cheaper than any business card I have ever seen.

Thanks! What would the 'normal' selection be at Vista Print? Premium? It looks like Standard is their lowest-cost option (besides free) but it sounds like that's the one that looks 'cheaper' than other business cards. Even with Premium, you get 100 for $26~
With Moo it's like $20 for 50 but I'd assume the quality is better than Vista Print... though it's hard to tell what the Vista Print equivalent selection might be.

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Re: Business cards?
« Reply #6 on: April 26, 2017, 09:04:56 AM »
Business cards for networking is a great idea. You should put something on there like, "Micky Smith - looking for fixer uppers in the Elmhurst area," or "looking for long-term rentals below $100,000," - or whatever you're actually looking for. Then later when people are looking at the card they'll know exactly who you are and what you want.

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« Reply #7 on: April 26, 2017, 09:19:31 AM »
If you Google around a bit, you can get coupon codes for VistaPrint. Groupon also periodically has VistaPrint offers. Also, if you sign up for VistaPrint's newsletter, they good deals pretty often. I don't mean to sound like a shill for VistaPrint--we used them for all our wedding materials, and it was super inexpensive and reasonably good quality.

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Re: Business cards?
« Reply #8 on: April 26, 2017, 10:47:39 AM »
Business cards for networking is a great idea. You should put something on there like, "Micky Smith - looking for fixer uppers in the Elmhurst area," or "looking for long-term rentals below $100,000," - or whatever you're actually looking for. Then later when people are looking at the card they'll know exactly who you are and what you want.

Great idea. I'll probably add that to my card. I'm having trouble coming up with a "position" and "company name" though lol. I lack creativity when it comes down to stuff like this....

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« Reply #9 on: April 26, 2017, 11:04:09 AM »
Business cards for networking is a great idea. You should put something on there like, "Micky Smith - looking for fixer uppers in the Elmhurst area," or "looking for long-term rentals below $100,000," - or whatever you're actually looking for. Then later when people are looking at the card they'll know exactly who you are and what you want.

Great idea. I'll probably add that to my card. I'm having trouble coming up with a "position" and "company name" though lol. I lack creativity when it comes down to stuff like this....

The position is Real Estate Investor. The company name doesn't matter. Don't put a company name. Just your name. And some contact info, of course.

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Re: Business cards?
« Reply #10 on: April 26, 2017, 04:02:44 PM »
Vista print only does  their branding with the free cards.  The paid cards are still reasonable, and look like any business card, except that their cheapest ones really do look a bit cheaper than any business card I have ever seen.

Thanks! What would the 'normal' selection be at Vista Print? Premium? It looks like Standard is their lowest-cost option (besides free) but it sounds like that's the one that looks 'cheaper' than other business cards. Even with Premium, you get 100 for $26~
With Moo it's like $20 for 50 but I'd assume the quality is better than Vista Print... though it's hard to tell what the Vista Print equivalent selection might be.
It's a combo of card stock thickness (standard is fine) with a nicer (glossy?) print would work.  or the other way around.

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Re: Business cards?
« Reply #11 on: April 27, 2017, 11:59:49 AM »
If it's just a card to hand out, no need to put a title if you don't want to, just name and contact info. Besides vistaprint and moo, there's also zazzle. I actually just started a store there, here's a link to a minimalist design: https://www.zazzle.com/z/y28ja

You can also put a photo on the card, might be fun since it's for REI meetings to have an outdoor photo or something.

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Re: Business cards?
« Reply #12 on: April 27, 2017, 12:06:10 PM »
If it's just a card to hand out, no need to put a title if you don't want to, just name and contact info. Besides vistaprint and moo, there's also zazzle. I actually just started a store there, here's a link to a minimalist design: https://www.zazzle.com/z/y28ja

You can also put a photo on the card, might be fun since it's for REI meetings to have an outdoor photo or something.

Thanks!

LOL are you referring to REI the store? I meant REI as in "Real Estate Investing" :) But that would be pretty clever... although, they might give me strange looks and wonder if I'm confused :D

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Re: Business cards?
« Reply #13 on: April 27, 2017, 10:24:31 PM »
Thanks!

LOL are you referring to REI the store? I meant REI as in "Real Estate Investing" :) But that would be pretty clever... although, they might give me strange looks and wonder if I'm confused :D

Ha ha, sorry about that. A small part of my brain was thinking maybe you really like the outdoors to be going to all those REI store meetings. It's starting to be so nice outside. I'm going to blame it on spring fever, clearly I know nothing about real estate investing (REI). :-)