Looking to do some professional networking? A business card can help, but if your business doesn’t pay to print them, if you work for yourself, or want to control what’s on your card, you’ll have to print them yourself. Fortunately, there are many great sites that print high quality personalized business cards without breaking your wallet in the process. Here’s a look at five of the best, based on your nominations.
Earlier in the week we asked you which business card printing sites you thought were the best. You responded with some great nominees, all of whom offer custom design tools, quality cards, and decent prices, but we only have room for the top five:
The poll is closed and the votes are counted! To see which business card printing site you’ve declared a winner, go to our hive five follow-up post to read and discuss the champion!
Moo has earned its place with many of you for great quality cards and card stock, tons of designs (and the ability to customize or create your own), decent pricing, and plenty of it. deals with services like About.me and Facebook for free business cards. Moo offers mini cards and full size business cards, and you can design your cards through a great web app that lets you edit and personalize the front and back with virtually any text, image, or design. your choice. If you want, you can even customize your card order to include different photos or designs on each card, which is great for photographers looking to show off their work. You can even get NFC business cards if you want. It doesn’t hurt that Moo reps are always within phone range, and their printing and shipping is remarkably fast. Plus, they don’t always watermark your cards, even when you get free ones.
Another more affordable option than some of the others in the Roundup, GotPrint offers multiple card size, stock, and paper size options, but make no mistake, the service prints business cards, not photo or designer cards. . Those of you who named GotPrint have noted that this is a great option if you have access to a designer or want simple, stylish, and clean business cards with a more traditional look. If you want something fancy and special, the service offers a number of cuts, shapes and colors, all available at competitive prices. Many of you also praised GotPrint for their quick turnaround and fast shipping.
VistaPrint doesn’t offer the same customization tools as some of the other competitors, but their biggest advantage is their price. The company was one of the first to offer very affordable business card printing for people who just wanted their own cards for themselves or for their business, typically releasing 250-500 free cards at any new customer who signs up. Even now a quick google search will find deals where you can get free cards as long as you pay the postage. Alternately, other codes will reduce a considerable amount of your order or offer you free shipping. You usually have to choose from predetermined designs and layouts and have a VistaPrint watermark on the back of your card, unless you’re willing to pay, but if cost is king and free is your favorite flavor, VistaPrint is where it is.
An independent printing company with great attention to detail, JukeBox offers an incredible selection of card stock types, including traditional white textured pulp and beautiful recycled paper options. The company even offers wooden business cards, if you want something truly and completely unique. They also offer a wide variety of paper colors, fonts, and more customization and personalization options than many other printing companies. You can be sure that when you order your cards on JukeBox, they will not look like other people’s cards. JukeBox’s pricing is competitive (although they’re not a bargain – their approach is that you get what you pay for.) You will need to provide your own designs, however – no online wizards to walk you through. of the process, but the end result is you get some truly personal cards. The company is based in Canada, but ships worldwide.
Overnight Prints, like GotPrint, specializes in all kinds of mass printing, not just business cards. They give you the option to upload your own design, use their wizard, or choose from predefined templates, whichever you prefer. You can also choose your finish, cardstock, and colors – you’ll find a little less customization options here (in the wizard anyway, you can upload any design you want, or contact them for something special), but the value is in the name: OvernightPrints is committed to printing quickly, easily, and affordably, and you’ll get your order quickly without breaking the bank in the process. If you’re looking for fancy designer cards, they might not be the best option, but if you’re looking for something traditional in bulk without spending a ton of money, they’re worth checking out.
Now that you’ve seen the top five, it’s time to vote on them all to determine the winner.
No honorable mention this week – the vast majority of your nominations went to the above five. That said, if you have a candidate who wasn’t selected but you think they should have, don’t just complain below, tell us why they’re better than the rest, or share a few. examples of cards you have ordered. that you find great!
Do you have something to say about any of the suitors? Want to defend your personal favorite, even if it wasn’t on the list? Remember that the first five are based on your most popular nominations from the start of the week call for nominations feed. State your preferred or alternative point of view in the discussions below.
The Hive Five is based on reader nominations. As with most of Hive Five’s posts, if your favorite was left out, it’s not because we hate it, it’s because it didn’t get the required nominations in the call for nominations to be in the top five. We understand this is a bit of a popularity contest, but if you have a favorite we want to hear about it. Have a suggestion for the Hive Five? Email us at [email protected]!
photo by Murat Ertürk.