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Why Business Cards Are a Thing of the Past

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Jen Glantz is the heart behind the website The Things I Learned From and guest writer on Regale. You can read this article and others on her website by clicking here.


In a time when one of your hands is always clutching your cell phone and the other is trying to meet and great the next big person in your industry so that you can score the job of your dreams, business cards have become a thing of the past. Not only is there no space for them in your wallet, pocket, or purse, but due to the increase in social media and digital space working with us to get promoted or get new jobs, the use of a square piece of stock paper has become rather old fashion.

Here are 5 things you can do instead of printing business cards:

1. Save your money.

You can get 250 business cards on Vistaprint.com for about $19.99. For that same price, you can buy a domain name on GoDaddy.com and host your own website. You’ll even have money left over to buy yourself a slice of pizza to eat as you upload your resume, post your cover letter, and add your portfolio to the site you’ll create for yourself. You don’t need to know HTML or write code to put this together. It can all be done with a couple of clicks and quick decisions using a WordPress template.

2. Do something that’s free.

If you don’t have the spare change, the time, or the patience to make a website, there’s still options. You can put up all your contact information and any online links to social media accounts or work that you’ve done on an About.me page. You can customize it in minutes and make it go live in seconds. Here’s my page: http://about.me/jenglantz

3. Keep your phone handy.

You probably bring your phone with you everywhere, even the bathroom. So, if you’re at a networking event or meet someone rad on the subway, pull out your phone and save their contact information there. That way, you’ll always have their digits or their email handy and can send them a virtual business card—aka your new personalized webpage.

4. Carry some old fashion pen and paper with you.

Girls, your purses carry everything else. And guys, if you can’t fit a mini note pad and a pen in your pocket, most places you go to will have something you can borrow. Just make sure you don’t leave a conversation or a meeting without their information. If they just take yours, you may never hear from them again.

5.Throw away your old business cards.

I’ve had 4 very different jobs since graduating from college three years ago (I’ve worked as a professional sorority girl, a magazine editor, a PR associate, and as a copywriter).

It’s happened to me before, where I was at job 3 or 4, and so eager to give someone a business card that I accidently pulled out an oldie from my wallet—with the wrong email address, wrong job title, and followed by an awkward story of why I no longer work there,

Whipping out a business card from the past feels the same as when you mistakenly bring up an ex-bf on a first date. Make sure you rid them of your wallet and your pockets.

  • Jen Glantz
    Jen Glantz
    December 30, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    It’s so wonderful to be featured on this site! Feel free to stop by my blog for more posts: http://www.thethingsilearnedfrom.com

    Best.
    Jen Glantz

  • se923
    December 30, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    I understand the intent, but I definitely have to disagree with this post. First, yes, you can get a website with that money, but if you don’t have a card you can’t exactly promote the site to people when you’re out. And at networking events, people don’t want to stand around and wait for you to write everything down or put it in your phone. Cards, especially ones that are cleverly designed, have in my experience been a crowd pleaser, especially if you’re a college student you’re not expected to have one. It shows a level of professionalism and that you’re prepared to represent yourself. People always ask me if I have a card–and vice versa–rather than asking if they could see my card to put it in their phone. I’ve even been to events where you’re supposed to pass your card around to everyone, so pulling out the phone isn’t exactly going to work there. It’s still a wise idea to have a card, whether you’re a college student, recent grad, or situated professional.

    • Jen Glantz
      Jen Glantz
      January 10, 2014 at 1:02 pm

      Thanks for your response! I agree with what you are saying. Since we live in a time and place where our jobs, contact information, and titles constantly are changing, the way we market ourselves must as well. It’s okay to have a standard card living in your wallet but it doesn’t hurt to have a social media back up plan!

  • Brett Riggio
    January 15, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    Do you copy all of your content from other articles?
    http://thoughtcatalog.com/jen-glantz/2013/11/why-business-cards-are-a-useless-thing-of-the-past-and-5-things-you-can-do-instead/

    Here’s 5 things you should do instead:

    1. Save your money.

    You can get 250 business cards on Vistaprint.com for about $19.99. For that same price, you can buy a domain name on GoDaddy.com and host your own website. You’ll even have money left over to buy yourself a slice of pizza to eat as you upload your resume, post your cover letter, and add your portfolio to the site you’ll create for yourself. You don’t need to know HTML or write code to put this together. It can all be done with a couple of clicks and quick decisions using a WordPress template.

    2. Do something that’s free.

    If you don’t have the spare change, the time, or the patience to make a website, there’s still options. You can put up all your contact information and any online links to social media accounts or work that you’ve done on an About.me page. You can customize it in minutes and make it go live in seconds. Here’s my page!

    3. Keep your phone handy.

    You probably bring your phone with you everywhere, even the bathroom. So, if you’re at a networking event or meet someone rad on the subway, pull out your phone and save their contact information there. That way, you’ll always have their digits or their email handy and can send them a virtual business card—aka your new personalized webpage.

    4. Carry some old fashion pen and paper with you.

    Girls, your purses carry everything else. And guys, if you can’t fit a mini note pad and a pen in your pocket, most places you go to will have something you can borrow. Just make sure you don’t leave a conversation or a meeting without their information. If they just take yours, you may never hear from them again.

    5. Throw away your old business cards.

    I’ve had 4 very different jobs since graduating from college three years ago (I’ve worked as a professional sorority girl, a magazine editor, a PR associate, and as a copywriter).

    It’s happened to me before, where I was at job 3 or 4, and so eager to give someone a business card that I accidently pulled out an oldie from my wallet—with the wrong email address, wrong job title, and followed by an awkward story of why I no longer work there,

    Whipping out a business card from the past feels the same as when you mistakenly bring up an ex-bf on a first date. Make sure you rid them of your wallet and your pockets.

    • Regale Magazine
      January 15, 2014 at 3:44 pm

      Hi Brett,

      We actually do not; writers come to us with their own content that we are happy to share with our readers. However, the note at the top of the article mentions that you can read this and more of Jen’s articles on her website, The Things I Learned From. We enjoy sharing her content on Regale! Our apologies if this was misleading. Hopefully this clears up your concern. 🙂