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The Value of Business Cards

As you continue through your academic experience at the University of Miami, you will have many opportunities to communicate your brand in a positive manner with faculty, peers, and future employers. Take advantage of and be prepared for these opportunities. Business cards are an effective way to communicate who you are and provide contacts with key information (e.g., name, phone, email address). Regardless of how you choose to print your business cards, remember to include these basic elements:

  • Your name and title (or degree, major, and graduation date)
  • Your email address and phone number
  • Your website address and portfolio address (use professional sites)
  • Optional: Your mailing address and fax number
  • Optional: You may also include specific information about yourself, such as: your career goals, top skills you offer to an employer, honors, or awards
  • Optional: A logo (either design one yourself or consider using your school's logo); customize your card and make it memorable

How to Create Business Cards*

Creating a business card doesn’t have to be overwhelming; there are many resources you can utilize to simplify this process. You can even create your business card online, but remember that cost will vary depending on the website and printing options selected. A number of websites are easy to navigate and will walk you through each step of the process. Consider the following options:


 


From Primo Print: “Business Cards make a first and lasting impression for you and your brand or organization. With primoprint.com select from many styles and finishes.”


Primo Print

  1. Go to primoprint.com/business-cards
  2. Select a desired finish (i.e., silk laminated, spot UV, Matte)
  3. On the next landing page click on the Get Started button
  4. Select a size and click next
  5. Choose single or double-sided printing and click next
  6. Select other options (dependent upon selected finish)
  7. Choose rounded or square corners and click next
  8. Select quantity and payment method
 


From MOO: “We help our customers print things like Business Cards, Postcards and MiniCards, making it easy for them to share information about themselves or their business in the real world.”


 MOO Online Printing

  1. Go to us.moo.com to get started
  2. Under the products tab near the top of the page, choose business cards
  3. On the next landing page click on the Start Making button
  4. On the next landing page choose between standard size or MOO size and choose between using a MOO design, designing your own card, or uploading a complete design (gif, png, jpeg, pdf formats)
  5. Next, specific directions will be provided to you dependent upon the design method chosen
  6. To complete your order, create an account, select a quantity, and choose a payment method
 


From Vistaprint: “Vistaprint empowers you to design and customize affordable business cards to tell your story and share your brand with others.”


 Vistaprint

  1. Go to vistaprint.com
  2. Click on the business card tab near the top of the page
  3. Create cards by choosing Shop by Paper Quality, Shop by Specialty Card or Shop by Industry
  4. Choose in the pop-up window how you would like to design  your card: Browse our designs, Start with your logo, Use complete design, Let us design one for you
  5. Next, specific directions will be provided to you dependent upon the design method chosen
  6. To complete order create an account, select a quantity, and choose a payment method

Sample Card

 

 
Toppel Career Center
 
Physical Address:
5225 Ponce De Leon Blvd.
Coral Gables, FL 33146
Phone: 305-284-5451
Fax: 305-284-3668
Mailing Address:
PO Box 249175
Coral Gables, FL 33124-5610