How Much Does a Business Card Cost?
An unforgettable, high-quality business card sets you apart from the crowd and makes a great first impression.
But how much should a business card cost? And, how do you balance the price you pay versus quality?
We answer your most important questions in our comprehensive business card pricing guide below. For pricing guides for other types of design, click the drop-down below.
Business card design costs vary widely. When you’re on a budget, it’s tempting to use a generic template from an online printer and call it a day.
But that would defeat the purpose of a well-designed business card. After all, business cards are your visual ambassadors. They’re tiny billboards that fit in your pocket and help you turn people you meet into customers, collaborators, and friends.
Take a look at the following charts for industry averages for the cost of business card design.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Fundamentally, a business card is used to easily share contact information with someone. When meeting with a potential customer, partner, or investor, you can leave a business card for that person to use in a follow-up call or email.
Having a card is much more efficient than simply writing your name, number, and company info. It also promotes your brand and creates a better connection between your target audience and your business.
In most cases, yes. Business cards aid in brand recognition, displaying your businesses purpose (call-to-action), and sharing contact information. But more than that they provide one of the only personal aspects left in the modern marketing world.
Without this personal touch, there would be a disconnect between your target audience and connecting to the brand – all of which require emotion and being personable.
Three key steps create an effective and successful business card: a concept, a design, and a message. Putting each step together creates a key business asset and leaves a lasting impression.
While we outlined tips for a successful business card above, here are the key takeaways: have a simple, easy-to-read design, include only essential information, don’t crowd the card with too much detail, carefully plan out the design (having information on the front, back, or both), don’t force a design, meaning stick to the basics if you don’t have a clear vision, and have good quality paper and choose the right paper for your design.
Take a look at 'Why are business cards important' above to help understand and break down the meaning behind these takeaways.
A business card should clearly show all the necessary information such as your name, your company, your contact information, etc. Here are the elements that should never be included in your business card design: typos or misprints, hard-to-read or small print, visual clutter or information overload, poor quality paper, no call-to-action or value proposition, outdated information.
By maintaining a clean and precise business card, you improve your brand’s quality and authenticity while presenting true professionalism.
Business cards typically contain the name, company, and contact information (address, telephone number, email, fax, website). The layout on custom designed business cards can vary and business card size varies too. Sizes vary also for different types. Corporate business cards might differ from minimalist business cards.
For example, in Canada, the United State and the Netherlands, the typical size for business cards is 89 x 51 mm (3.5 x 2 inches).
In Australia and New Zealand, the typical size for business cards is 90 x 55 mm (3.54 x 2.165 inches).
And in Italy, the United Kingdom, France, Denmark and Spain, the typical size for a business card is 85 x 55 mm (3.346 x 2.165 inches).
When business cards are designed, they are given “bleeds” if the color extends to the edge of the finished cut size. A bleed is an extension of the printed line or color beyond the line where the paper the card is printed on will be cut. This ensures that the paper will cut without white edges on any type of card stock.
Keep in mind that while previously, business cards were printed solely on matte, coated or uncoated paper, many more options are available today. Apart from paper, business cards can be made from plastic, specially frosted translucent plastic, crystal clear plastic, white or metallic plastic, metal, rubberized materials, magnets, and real wood. This gives custom business cards a unique texture not found on paper stock. And while most business cards are rectangular in size, you can get yours with rounded corners, and in abstract shapes.
Yes. Invoices, receipts, letterhead, compliments slips, business cards, envelopes, and other pieces of stationery provide an opportunity to promote your logo, company name, tagline and your contact information. Whenever you send printed materials for any reason, the look and feel of the basic components should be similar. Similarity provide a uniformity of message and image to all who see them. In this way, you create and strengthen your brand identity. That’s why you should avoid template business card designs. They’ll make your card look like thousands of other businesses. High quality business cards stand out and are unique.
Yes. As we discussed above, uniformity of message is very important in business card design, and you should strive for a similar uniformity when it comes to the design of your website or email newsletter, or your blog. This includes using identical or complementary colors, fonts, and overall typography to those used in your brand identity. If your existing business cards don't match your brand, consider new business cards and a fresh graphic design for those cards. And remember to get matching letterhead.
Usually, the paper type depends on the design. Also, most designers will suggest what the best paper is for your specific design. The most common paper types for business cards are: 14-point cardstock (thick), 16-point cardstock (thicker), and 100 lb. gloss cover (thin).
But business cards don’t have to be restricted to paper only. Other materials include plastic, stainless steel, and wood. Be careful though, as other materials can also increase production costs.
Crowdspring offers one of the world's best graphic design services - some of the best business card designers in the world work on crowdspring. Our design team can help you leverage an international community of designers and eliminate your worries about the cost of business card design.
On crowdspring, thousands of designers from 195 countries around the world compete for your graphic design business. You will get choice for your business card design that you will not get anywhere else, including from generic business card makers. In fact, we guarantee your money back. Our unique model and design process addresses and solves many of the problems typically found when buying creative business cards.
Unlike traditional marketplaces where you might look at three or four business card designers or firms, on crowdspring, business card designers from around the world, using a crowdsourced design model, create actual, custom business card designs. You don’t need to obtain quotes in advance of the work because you set your own price. And when your project ends, you choose the one you like the best - from among actual premium designs of your business cards, not from among bids and proposals and not from pre-made business card template designs from places like Envato, Canva, Vistaprint, Moo, and others.
It’s that simple! So, can our designers help you to design a great premium business card design today?
Crowdspring guarantees your satisfaction in business card design projects. There's NO fine-print. We are not happy until you are. People are so thrilled with the designs they receive on crowdspring that we are proud to stand behind the work and make you an unconditional promise.