Whether for personal or business reasons, business cards are essential. They’re a surefire way of cultivating your professional image and establishing your brand, not to mention a handy way of dispensing contact details.
Unfortunately, not everyone has the budget to sit down with a designer to create their perfect card. Along with professional printing costs on top of that, getting memorable cards made can seem financially prohibitive. For those who still want to dabble, free business card templates can seem like a good, affordable option, particularly if you choose to print at home.
There is a whole host of free business card templates available online that are also printable. When it comes to these free templates, there are two main options for editing when you have little prior experience with design: templates that can be edited in Microsoft Word (or a free word processor); or templates that can be edited in a browser program.
In this article, we’ll be covering the pros and cons of both of these options, and ultimately explain why the best value option with the most professional finish is to try our new Business Card Maker.
There are many free templates available online and in the Microsoft Word software itself. For some people, creating a business card in their word processor is a perfectly fine option for the following reasons:
Free templates for Word are pretty basic in design, but if you view a business card as merely a placeholder for your contact details, then these are a perfectly valid option.
The level of control you have will obviously be dependent on how much experience you have editing in Word. Some templates are more editable than others, so if you feel comfortable tweaking text, images, colors, moving sections about, etc, you can download a template that allows you more alter the different sections. If you want something more straightforward, you can choose a template with an aesthetic that suits your industry and just replace the text with your own details.
If you already own or have access to a good printer and ink in the desired colors, you’ll have your business cards in no time at all.
There a few reasons why printing free templates at home isn’t as straightforward as you might think:
As we mentioned earlier, the amount of control you have over your business card template is dependent on your level of experience. Many word processors can be notoriously finicky, so it may take some time to get your card to look the way you want it to.
Printing your business cards at home is instant in theory. However, it will take some trial and error before you get it right. And that’s if you get it right. You can get pre-cut business card paper to make things easier, but it can be tricky to make sure what’s on your screen aligns with the layout of this paper. Plus, your cards will have perforated edges instead of smooth, professionally cut edges, which will definitely reveal your cards to be a DIY job. You can obviously try smoothing them out with scissors or a blade, but this adds more time, effort, and you run the risk of ruining them altogether. Your color options will also be limited. Vibrant color printing can be difficult, so it really is best to stick to black and white. Plus, ink can get expensive. Which brings us nicely to our next point.
Printing costs can really add up. You’ll have to pay special paper, ink, and subscriptions to your word processor of choice if you haven’t already. When you weigh up the costs of doing it yourself and printing professionally, you probably won’t be saving as much money as you think (if you’re saving any money at all).
There are a whole host of free business card templates available on the Internet. In all likelihood, you won’t be the first to opt for your template of choice. For some people, that might be okay. But if you truly want to stand out from the crowd, this might not be the best option for you.
Unless you have the skill, access to printing materials, as well as the time to put into making your business cards the best they can be, editing and printing free Word templates won’t make for the most professional business cards. In fact, shoddy, cheap-looking business cards might end up having the opposite of your intended effect.
In comparison to editing business card templates in your word processor, online business card makers with free templates can offer you a lot more control over your design without a steep learning curve.
For creating and printing professional, stylish business cards on a budget, Namecheap’s new business card maker is a great choice. It’s free to start designing – you only pay for the high-quality printing, and delivery is free. It’s a more affordable option than many online printers, and will likely even save you money over printing “free” business cards at home. We use high-quality paper and you can choose a matte or gloss finish for your cards, ensuring the results will be professional every time.
Business Card Maker’s easy-to-use interface features a range of sophisticated templates that are suitable for all industries. You can customize with a multitude of colors and fonts, upload a logo, and even edit the back. In the end, you get a watermark-free proof of your logo for free, which you can use wherever you like.
While free business card templates can seem like the most affordable and easy option, this isn’t necessarily the case. Results can be shoddy and unprofessional, and the cost of home printing will more than likely add up. Try Business Card Maker today to make and order low-cost, professional business cards in just a few simple steps.