How to Make Business Cards at Home on a Budget

Business cards are a really important item to have when running a business. They are a great way to get your information out there to potential clients and give the people who are already customers an easy way to find you again. I put business cards in all my online orders, I always bring a lot to my craft fairs, and then I also just always have some with me when I’m out and about. I have bought business cards from Vista Print before and I really loved them, but when you don’t have the time to order and wait for them to be shipped, or you just don’t have a lot of extra funds at the moment, I will show you how to make some at home that still look great!

If you prefer to just buy your business cards, I do recommend Vista Print, they are easy to use and their prices are very reasonable. If you do decide to purchase them from vista print, you can use my referral code by clicking here and receive $20 off and order of $40 or more.

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This blog post contains step by step written instructions but if you prefer to watch a video you can click below to watch instead of read. 

Materials 

Ok so first things first, let’s talk about what you will need to make your business cards at home. 

You will need a computer of some type. I use an Asus laptop so my tutorial will be use Microsoft Word. I have never used a mac, so I’m sorry, I’m not sure how you would do this on a mac. 

You will also need a basic printer. Having a printer at home has made my life so much easier. I use it so much. The one that I got was only around $50. But any old printer should work. 

Next you will need some sort of card stock or business card paper. If you do not mind cutting your cards then card stock will work just fine but if you want to skip that step, the business card paper is really nice to have. It comes perforated so that all you have to do is fold and tear it a part. If you want a colored background it id best to look for the color you want in card stock so that you don’t waste a ton of ink on printing a colored background.

And other things you will need are a paper cutter or some good scissors for cutting paper. And if you don’t already have it some printer ink in color (if you want colors) and black. Make sure that the ink you buy is the correct type that is compatible with your printer. 

Step 1: To get started you will want to create your business card design on Canva. You can either choose one of their templates or just start from a blank slate but if you select the business card design then it will already be formatted correctly in the right size. You can make your business card as fancy or as basic as you want but remember that your are printing these at home so the more fancy the design the more ink you will use. I go with a basic design that you can see below. This way it does not use a whole lot of ink. You wan also either choose to do one side or both sides, I like to one side but I will show you how to make one that is two sided.

Next you click the drop down arrow by where it says print business card button and when the menu drops down just click the download button and change the file type to PNG  then download (save each page separately if you have double sided). 

Step 2: Now you will need to open a blank document on Microsoft Word. Go to Mailings, click labels, select your label type which will be Avery US Letter 28371 Business cards (if you are using card stock or the Avery Business card paper) , or if you bought a different brand of business card paper select that one. Then click new document and you will see a page with the lines on it for your business cards. 

Step 3: Next click insert picture, find where you downloaded your business card pic, and insert it into the first label. Then you will need to click on the little layout option next to that picture and click the “tight” option. The drag your picture so it lines up with the lines in the document. Then right click on the picture, hit copy, then paste it into the next label cell and click and drag it to position it no the cell perfectly. do this with the rest of your cells until the document is full. 

Step 4: Now if you are using business card paper, you can skip this next step, but if you are using regular card stock this helps so much to keep your lines straight when cutting out your cards. So first highlight the whole document, the click the borders button in your toolbar and select all borders. This makes it so your lines show up when printing. 

Step 5: Now you will want to save this so you can print more whenever you need any. I save it as Business Cards page 1. Now be sure to add your card stock or business card paper to your printer and print. (If you have a printer that will automatically print both sides for you go ahead and do step 3 and 4 as page two and print it all together). 

Step 6: If you do not have a printer that prints double sided repeat steps 2-5 with the page 2. now reload you paper that already has the front side printed. Make sure you are loading it the correct way, and then print the back side. Now you can cut your cards out and you are done. If you didn’t want a double sided card, you can just cut your cards out after step 5. 

And now you are done with your homemade business cards! Feel free to reach out if you have any questions. And I would love it if you  would pin this on Pinterest, share it with your friends, or tag me on social media with pictures of your finished business cards so I can see them. Instagram: @coze_creations Facebook: Coz-E Creations Crochet by Elyssa 

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