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Designing Business Cards Online for Free: The Best Methods

written by: Daniel P. McGoldrick•edited by: Daniel P. McGoldrick•updated: 6/27/2011

If you are interested in designing business cards online for free you have a number of different options to choose from. To make it easier for you, I’ve assembled the best resources below so you can produce your own quickly, effectively, and with no cost for the design phase.

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    What to Expect

    Designing business cards online for free can be a viable and effective solution for anyone looking for a cost-free method to make their professional calling cards. Essentially you will be using online software, downloading free software for this purpose, or using a template. All of these methods mean the basic framework, the design, and the style are already formatted and all you have to do is input your personal contact information to customize whichever one you choose.

    With some of these you can upload a business logo or a picture and on others what you see is what you get. All the links provided below take you right to the source to get it done that saves you from any false claims other sites might lure you in with. Check out each site to see if it has the range of design options you are wanting and willing to put into the project. Since all these resources don’t operate exclusively to give you free stuff, they are hoping that you might change your mind and go with more bells and whistles that a premium version would cost.

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    The Best Available Methods

    HP Creative Design Studio has some free template options that will also work well for you in their small and medium sized business solutions section. This site also offers templates to make all sorts of marketing material to promote the small or home office. Since you’ll likely be using Microsoft Word or Publisher to work with free templates, check out the great selection as well as the simple directions for customizing the one you choose at Microsoft Office Online. Business Card Land is another source with an online design application along with free template offerings.

    One of the giant online printing companies is also an option. With that service you utilize their online design application and then they send you something like 250 cards free (except for shipping costs) hedging their bets that one way or another, you will buy something from them. This might be a good option for people who quickly become frustrated or irate with personal printers. Read Business Cards Printed for Only Shipping Costs to learn more about taking advantage of this process with a company like Vistaprint.

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    Free Software

    Design Pro Limited Edition 5.4 is free software that you can download here and use to make your cards. Obviously, although designing business cards online for free is what this article is all about, you will of course have to come up with the stock paper on which you will print them. That is why Avery the paper and label company provides this Design Pro software at no cost because you'll have to buy their stuff to put on your printer (but at least the compatibility factor here will save you any printing mishaps). For a complete listing of available free software for business card making read Free Business Card Software.

    So there you have it; all the best resources for designing business cards online for free right at your fingertips. Click on the links to take a gander at your design options and then pick one that you feel best suits your professional identity. And don’t forget to check our site for a host of other free resources that many small business owners can take advantage of to make DTP materials they will need.