You're at a business networking event, you're having a good conversation, it's time to part ways, and then (for me) the dreaded "let's keep in touch, do you have a business card?"
I've always had a hard time with business cards. I mean, as soon as someone give me theirs I just connect with them on instagram anyway and link to their website and email. So I've always thought cards are a bit dated, wasteful, pointless, and a prescribed "should" rather than an actual need/benefit.
However, I realize that I hold on to other people's business cards for a long time because
- It feels rude to throw it away
- I guess I never know when I'll need it?
- I also have realized that when I see them floating around in my purse and laptop cover pockets I'm reminded of that person, that's kind of the point right?
So I came around to the idea that I should probably get business cards but wanted to do something a little untraditional. I looked for inspiration and really liked some of these (I mean that divorce lawyer is hilarious and the hair stylist is so good!) I also really love a stamp and using different materials like this one. I wanted to do something similar that had "meaning" and was intentional.
Then it hit me. What if I printed stickers, placed them on the card, and then when it's time to do the "swap" I find a business card that I think would be a good fit for that person, explain for a second the business card I'm giving them and why. Then they have, my information, a potential new contact, and they will know that their card will be passed along to an exciting new connection in the future as well! Guys, I was so pleased with myself. Can you tell how pleased with myself I was? My partner was like "did you see that online or something?" and I said "No! I thought of it myself!"
Alright, so tell me tell me tell me. What are your thoughts on business cards? Love em? Leave em? Do you think they're a hassle? Do you swear by them? Think their dated? Do you think you want to do stickers now? :)