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The Best Business Card Printing Services

The Best Business Card Printing Services
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Even in today's technological age, a simple business card can still play a big role in getting yourself and your business noticed.

Diane Gottsman, a national etiquette expert and owner of The Protocol School of Texas, said even those who think business cards are obsolete, or who don't regularly use their business cards, find themselves searching for ways to identify themselves when someone on an airplane, in a grocery line, or at an impromptu happy hour ask, "Do you have a business card?"

"It comes across as less professional to say, 'No, sorry, I don’t carry them,' or 'I left them at my office,' Gottsman told Business News Daily.

Business cards are a good way to help people remember you and point them in the right direction for more details about your business, Gottsman said.

"While business cards can be useless if you don't leave a personal and positive 'lasting impression,' they are an additional way to remember someone," she said. "We don’t carry around our iPad or laptop to hand someone a physical reminder, and a business card can direct a person to social media sites where they can find additional information."

When handing out business cards, Gottsman advises that they should be clean, such as no dog-ears, and current with no markings where information needs to be updated, like a new phone number or email address.

When designing a business card, it is important to work with a company that offers an array of design tools and print options. With professionals having such a wide variety of business card styles and features to choose from, it can be difficult to know the perfect fit.

To help design the card that will work best, Business News Daily's sister site, Top Ten Reviews, does extensive in-depth reviews of business card printing services. Here are its top three recommendations.

No. 1 Elite Flyers

Elite Flyers earned this year's Top Ten Reviews Gold Award for its large selection of design and printing options, including 3D cards and foil stamping. While any service can print traditional rectangular business cards with a company name and phone number on them, Elite Flyers steps up and provides some of the most eye-catching business card designs available. Additionally, Elite Flyer's services don't stop with business cards; it also includes brochures, postcards, banners and other marketing materials.

Printing Process & Quality: Elite Flyers has a wide range of print options available, including printing business cards in full-color with bleeding edges, printing on both sides and having either a matte or a sleek gloss finish. The service also has the ability to create UV spot finishes and has both foil printing and stamping options for an even flashier look.

Design Tools & Selection: In addition to having all of the tools needed to create custom business cards, Elite Flyers has in-house designers to help create the perfect card. The service can print 3D and plastic cards and offers the use of other material for business cards, such as magnets. When designing a card, users can create their own and upload it to the Elite Flyer website, or use the online templates and stock photos that are available. Elite Flyers also has a section with design hints and tips to help users create the best business card possible.

Customer Service: Customer service representatives are available 24/7 via email, telephone and online chat. Additionally, Elite Flyers has in-house designers who can guide users through each step of the design and printing process.

Costs: To compare costs, visit Top Ten Reviews' comparisons of  best business card printing services.

No. 2 UPrinting

UPrinting earns high marks from Top Ten Reviews for its clear, bright and definitive print quality. In addition to business cards, UPrinting can handle other business print needs, such as flyers, brochures, envelopes, address labels, banners and signs. Overall, the service's finishing options, paper selection and customer support services are all top-notch.

Printing Process & Quality: UPrinting has both a matte and gloss finish that gives a reflective look to a business card to help it stand out. They also have a number of paper options, ranging from traditional cardstock to linen to recycled paper. The service uses both digital and offset printing and has the ability to print on both sides of a card, as well as in full color or with bleeding edges.

Design Tools & Selection: UPrinting creates business cards in virtually any shape, including circles, ovals, hearts, octagons and monkey wrenches. The service has a database of pre-made templates and other design options that don't costextra, including printing from uploaded files and a simple design tool to create a business card from scratch. UPrinting also offers foil printing and stamping and UV spot finishing.

Customer Service: Help is available via email, telephone and live chat. When a design is complete, UPrinting experts will inspect files and fix technical issues, such as bleed setup, image clipping and proper text spacing. They then send users a proof free of charge.

Costs: To compare costs, visit Top Ten Reviews' comparisons of best business card printing services.

No. 3 123Print

123Print took home this year's Top Ten Reviews Bronze Award for creating professional business cards at an affordable price. Their easy-to-use service offers a large selection of pre-made design templates and do-it-yourself design tools. In addition to business cards, 123Print offers a variety of other marketing tools, including stationery, letterhead, address labels, banners, signs, door hangers and calendars.

Printing Process & Quality:123Print is able to print full-color and double-sided business cards, as well as bleeding edges to help cards stand out even more. The service has several high-quality paper options, including linen and recycled paper. Additionally, 123Print uses a digital printing process that makes it easy to print large quantities of business cards quickly.

Design Tools & Selection: 123Print offers users the ability to choose from several types of cards, like magnetic, vertical, mini or recycled business cards. They can also browse through a large selection of templates that are separated by various industries, such as architecture, travel and entertainment, as well as by style categories such as Asian, modern Web, landscapes and shapes. Each template is completely customizable with 123Print's business card printing design tools. The design tools lets users edit text color, format, size and font, as well as change the background of the card. The service also offers business card finishes like matte and glossy coating, and rounded corners.

Customer Service: 123Print does a good job of ensuring that every question is answered either on its FAQs page, or through instant chat, email or phone. In their interactive design tools, instructions are embedded in each step, explaining what each icon does.

Costs: To compare costs, visit Top Ten Reviews' comparisons of best business card printing services.

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