Business Card Basics: What Your Business Card Should Always Include
Before looking at some of the best business cards sample designs, it's important to make note of the elements every business card should include and why each element should be on your card. There are some exceptions to the rules as well - for example, if you work primarily online or remotely, you might not need to include your address on your business cards. What's imporant is that you know why each element should be included on your card, and why. After all, it isn't until you know the rules that you can break the rules.
Name - Naturally, you will need to include your name on your card. Even if your business card is for a small business for which you have a separate business name, you should still always include your first and last name on the card so that prospective clients and clients know how to address you when they contact you.
Business Name - Every business card will include your business or company name, should you have one. This should be the focus of the card. If you do not have a separate business name, then you will want to highlight your name on the card.
Job Title or Work Description - If you're a consultant, freelancer, or otherwise self-employed, or if your business name is not descriptive of what you do, you will need to be sure to include your job title and/or perhaps a pithy explanation of what it is you do in order to remind your contacts.
Phone, Mobile, Fax - You need to at least have either your phone number or your mobile number on your business card. Otherwise, how will people know how to contact you? Provide multiple ways for your prospective clients to contact you, if possible.
Address - If you have an office address or if you want to make your mailing address public, then you need to include it on your business card. If you have an Internet presence, you may wish to forgo the address on the business card. However, you should be aware that it is standard.
Website - If you have a website for yourself or your company, be sure it's on your business card. It will help clients who wish to check out your company's website and mission statement should they wish to do so.
Email - It's important to include your professional email on your business card.
Other Contact Information - You may wish to include your Facebook, Twitter, or Linkedin website on your business card as well.