Some people think that the day you turn 18 is the day you become an adult, and others argue that it is the day you go to or graduate from college. I disagree. A huge step in becoming a real, working adult is the day you order your first business card. Having a business card that you keep in your wallet for the perfect networking moment sets you apart from the weaker, less-prepared pseudo-adults around you. Having a business card is crucial for so many, but it is important to have the best business card you can be. 

What should be on your business card?

The content of your business card will differ depending on your age or career area, but there are some basic things you should include on any business card. Your name is one of them. Your business card should ALWAYS have your name on it. If you work for a company or brand, I also recommend having your name on the card, especially if it is work specifically. For me, I have a personal business card but I also have Future Female Leader listed on it (and my discount code on the back!)

Your email and phone number is another must have for any successful business card. Your name is great, but you still need a way for people to contact you.  Use a professional email address. If it does not include some form of your name, it is not appropriate for a business card. It will also be harder to remember. Personally, I use my school email because it is my name, very professional, and shows where I go to school.

Should I put a picture on my business card?

Based on my experience, the general consensus is that a picture is not necessary. If you are a model or involved in something that revolves around your looks (theater, movies, etc), this may be different for you.

In general, students and young professionals should not need a picture on their business card, but opinions vary on this.

If you do choose to include a picture on your business card, please make it professional. A headshot is appropriate, and it should look professionally done. Nothing taken on an iPhone or in the form of a selfie is probably going to be appropriate for a professional business card.

Should I put a lot of information on my card or make it simple?

The experts recommend a simple business card. If you just put the basic information on it, no one will hold that against you. No one wants to read a cluttered business card with every inch covered.

If someone has more questions about you or what you do, they can contact you directly instead of a wordy business card.

Can I see some examples of good business cards?

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Sources

http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/5222-design-great-business-card.html

http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/71900

http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/225962

http://www.businessknowhow.com/marketing/business-card.htm