There’s Something About Business Cards

There’s Something About Business Cards

My new business cards came today. What a birthing process that was! It feels like a momentous shift in my business.

First getting the words just right (I had multiple smart and patient people give me feedback). Then getting the design just right (Jenn is awesome and patient too!). Then choosing a printer and forking over the cash.

I admit I forked over a little more cash than I should have because I chose “rush” so I’d have accurate cards for a big event this weekend.

And all those practical steps say nothing of the agony of expressing your true self on a tiny card! Impossible of course but my brain was a bit too determined. (I’m sure you’re detecting my back sliding into perfectionism. Arrrgh.)

There’s something about my business card that has plagued me for months. My friends can tell you. Have you experienced that business card angst? (So many of my clients struggle with that too.)

For me, this particular card symbolized the rebirthing of my business, which is no small thing!

They’re Here!

So they arrived an hour ago. I was opening the package, all ready to jump  up and down to hold one in my hand and yell “They’re here, they’re here!” Why not? I love the design and the words and now I was going to have them in my hands.

Oh nooooo, the print job is awful! Did they run out of ink? Forget to sharpen the cutting blade? What the…? Seriously, this is not just the perfectionist in me. Well, 50% perfection, 50% them.

No jumping up and down. No yelling. Shoulders slouching. Damn.

Onward. I just submitted a complaint and asked for a reprint. (They agreed.)

Nonetheless, I’m sharing my excitement to be almost done. I will not see it as a bad sign. Just a minor glitch.

What is it about business cards?

Even in a digital world, we still need that little something to hand over in real life that says “This is me.” Ack, ME. In that tiny print on that tiny little card. How can that be?

How do you feel about your business card?

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Val Nelson

I’ve been a self-employed career/business/purpose coach since 2009. I help introverts and HSPs (like me) who want to make a difference — in a way that fits our practical needs too.
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9 thoughts on “There’s Something About Business Cards”

  1. Hey Val,
    Didn’t realize I had a “first edition” card! Great meeting you yesterday at PodCamp 2 and since the third time is always a charmer I will look forward to next years session!
    Dan (@RunningRealtor)

  2. Shalini shared with me your fabulous business cards. I am also in the process of making new business cards, and mine will showcase my artwork, as well as my organic gourmet cooking,teaching, and cookbooks. Congrats!

    1. Hi Shalini, Thanks for stopping by and for the nice feedback. I was checking out your website recently and see we have a lot in common about heart-centered marketing. Val

  3. Sorry to hear the bad news, Val…the card on your page looks great! I will have my new cards to give out, and am pleased that my graphic designer/printer will be there! 🙂 We all know you’re fabulous, and it will give you an excuse to follow up on all those great contacts you meet tomorrow! See you then…

    1. Thanks Kelly and Jenn. I’m now thinking the printed cards aren’t that bad. I just need to look at them without the old cards nearby. The old ones are actually black where it’s supposed to be black, instead of grey. Who ever heard of a grey swan? Alright, getting over it now.

  4. Oh NO!! Val, I’m so sorry to hear that the printing didn’t come out well…. Ugh. Never fear…you WILL find a quality, affordable printer for those cards!

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