I ordered my cards from Zazzle because they were 50% off and I can't walk away from a good sale. I figured that I wouldn't be using my cards very often, so paying only $10 was a steal. I received 100 cards, which is more than enough for my purposes.
Here's a picture of the front and back of my card. I wanted to keep the front simple and sophisticated, and I just had to use the color pink because it's my favorite! I put all of my information on the back of the card. I included my social media handle, link to my blog, and e-mail so people can easily find me and contact me. I also added my locations- Chicago (for when I'm home) and Muncie (for when I'm at school). Overall, I am impressed with the quality of the cards considering how cheap they were.
- Social events and Mixers. If you're in Greek life, this is a great example. Sororities and fraternities have many socials, where you can meet members from other organizations. This is an opportunity to build friendships and even network with people who you would have never met otherwise.
- Meetings. Join a club on campus! If someone has a similar major as you, hand them a card. For example; I am a fashion merchandise student. If I met a fashion design student, I could hand him/her my card and offer to write a fashion post about a piece that they designed. Network, network, network!!
- Photo shoots and other creative gatherings. If I model or style a shoot, I will bring a business card. Why? Because there will a photographer, a hair stylist, a makeup artist, a designer, other models and stylists. All of these people could help you in the future by informing you of job opportunities.
- Job fairs. These fairs aren't just for juniors and seniors who are looking for a job post-graduation. Bring your business card with you and these possible employers will be impressed by how prepared you are. Who knows? You could end up working for them after college!
- Friends and family. Bring your cards to the next family gathering. Your aunts and uncle love bragging about you, so hand them a few cards and let them pass your information on to their friends/co-workers! Same goes for your friends. You may not think that your college buddy can help you, but they might know someone who knows someone who can help you!It's a fact that we are only 6 people away from knowing someone of influence.
If you're serious about your hobby, then carrying some business cards won't hurt. I hope this post was helpful and maybe inspired you to get your own stack of cards! Happy networking!