Ask the Readers: Do You Use Business Cards? (Special $100 Giveaway)

By Ashley Jacobs on 10 January 2012 (Updated 1 April 2014) 276 comments

Editor's Note: Congratulations to our first prize winner, Aaron L, and our second and third place winners, Guest and  Emily.

Business cards are one of the most important networking tools. Professionals, job seekers, freelancers, and even students have used business cards to advance their careers. Whether you hand them out to clients or prospective employers, a tasteful business card provides people with a great first impression. 

Do you use business cards? If yes, how do you use them? If no, why not?

Tell us if you use business cards and we'll enter you in a drawing to win a $100 Amazon Gift Card or two sets of die-cut business cards courtesy of our sponsor UPrinting.com.

Prizes: $100 Amazon Gift Card & Two Sets of Die-Cut Business Cards

This week we will be giving away thee prizes: 

  • First Place: $100 Amazon gift card
  • Second and Third Place: Each will get a set of 250 die-cut business cards courtesy of UPrinting.com. Winners of the business cards can choose among UPrinting.com's available die-cut shape and sizes and cardstock option. Standard turnaround time and shipping applies (no shipping charges). Restricted to people 18 years and above, US residents only. Check out these beautiful samples.

How to Enter: 

You can enter 3 different ways:

  1. Comment Entry. Answer this question in the comments below: "Have you used business cards? If yes, how do you use them? If no, why not?"
     
  2. Facebook Entry. Go to UPrinting.com's Facebook page, "Like" the page, and leave a separate comment on this article telling us: "I liked UPrinting.com on Facebook."
     
  3. Twitter EntryTweet your answer. You have to be a follower of @wisebread and @UPrinting. Include @wisebread@UPrinting and #WBAsk in your tweet so we'll see it and count it. Leave a link to your tweet (click the timestamp for the individual URL) in a separate comment below.

If you do all 3 things you get 3 entries into the contest. Maximum 3 entries per person. Be sure to always include your email when leaving a comment.

Giveaway Details:

  • Contest ends Monday, January 16th at 11:59 pm Pacific. Winners will be announced after January 16th on the original post. Winners will also be contacted via email.
  • You can enter all three drawings — once by leaving a comment, once by liking UPrinting.com's Facebook update, and once by tweeting.
  • This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook.
  • You must be 18 and US resident to enter. Void where prohibited.

Good Luck!

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Here's a sample of the kind of beautiful cards created using UPrinting.com:

 

 

 

 

 Good luck with the contest! Enter now by answering the question in the comments below.

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Nicole Vosburgh

"I liked UPrinting.com on Facebook." under Mama-Nikki Vosburgh

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Nicole Vosburgh

I tweeted my answer also: @BNTVosburgh
https://twitter.com/#!/BNTVosburgh/status/158612824204124160

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Diane Baum

I use business cards when I meet clients for the first time

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Marisa

I only use them occasionally, if someone needs to follow up with me about something.

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Stefanie

Yes, I used business cards when I go to professional conferences, in order to give people my contact information and to keep my name in their thoughts - if only for a bit - should a job opportunity come around that might work for me.

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Valerie Taylor Mabrey

I have used them for a gumball business we use to have

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mistysunrise

no, I seldom use business cards, because I dont need them

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Pauline M

I have a steady supply that I use from work. It's a must when meeting with clients and government contacts.

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robyn paris

i do not use business cards because i do not have a need.

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Micah

Absolutely! I love handing out business cards, they have each have a unique photo on the back so the people can get a taste of my work.

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Julie

No, I have never used business cards.

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GL

I used business cards a couple of years ago, merely for novelty's sake - giving them to new friends and so on. (I'd gotten them for free from VistaPrint lol) I don't use them at all now because, well, networking and getting contacts in the industry is kind of useless when you have a dead-end warehouse job. :(

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GL

I liked UPrinting.com on Facebook. :)

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GL

Tweeted for my third entry. :) https://twitter.com/#!/grigorylukin/status/158711907367399424

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Guest

I use them at work to hand out to prospective clients, but don't typically carry them around with me.

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Thriftysahm8

I don't because I am a stay at home mom now. I used to a lot (worked in Human Resources and attended a lot of job fairs). I always keep a handful of my husbands to enter into drawings for a free lunch.

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Kathleen Conner

Actually, it's my husband who uses business cards--I haven't used them since I stopped working.

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John Billiris

Yes, I use business cards--I'm in sales.

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Carmen

I don't network very much and my business doesn't supply business cards except for the highest level of personnel, so I don't have any :(.

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Julie Moe

I liked UPrinting.com on Facebook

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Julie Moe

I don't use them because I don't have any

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kim eddings

I don't ue business cards.

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mimi

I don't use any because I dont have any even though I need them!

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Geoff K

I use business cards for networking at conferences, seminars, and colloquia that I attend, as a way to maintain contact with other professionals and to continue to share ideas and opportunities on an ongoing basis. Thanks!

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Geoff K

I liked UPrinting.com on Faceboo: Geoff K

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Geoff K

Tweet: https://twitter.com/#!/guettel78/status/158774762724794369

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martin morin

Yes i leave them everywhere i can.

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Amy DeLong

yes i have used them,when selling at shows put them in the bags,on my table hand them to people

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I need to get some actually, since we're becoming more involved and making something of the blogs.

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Like Uprinting Sherry Conrad

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Silvia Pavia

I have used business cards when I was working, but now that I am looking for work, I am creating new ones with my contact info and some things about me that make me stand out, such as "Amateur photographer/currently building portfolio", and "Food/Nutrition Blogging Enthusiast". Not only do I tell them how to contact me, but I also give people a snippet into what I like doing/am planning on doing and they have a contact in case they are interested in similar goals. At the very least, they can contact me and ask, "Are you doing photography professionally now? If so, I am interested in looking at your portfolio."

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Sue W

We hand out business cards at the Farmer's Markets we sell at. Customers really like the magnetic ones. We are on refrigerators everywhere!
I love your samples above. We will have to think about doing something different for this summer.

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Cathie

I don't; my husband does. He is a salesman, I'm an accounting clerk/receptionist.

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NJGill

I don't currently have business cards - I'm waiting for my invitation to buy some of these: http://blog.sfgate.com/hottopics/2012/01/16/diamond-studded-business-car...

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Cathie

I liked UPrinting.com on Facebook

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Angela Cisco

Yes, I have used them in the past. When I was an Avon rep, I would include my card with their purchase then later realized it was a waste considering my information was on the booklets.

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sandy

I don't have them as of now but working on a design to use for my part time business. Could use some help with that.

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Kevin

I use business cards that are mostly blank, except for my name and email address printed (in a classy font) at the top of the card. That way I can write in info for each person I hand them to. Apparently it's more memorable for people so they are more likely to remember me.

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Therese

I occasionally use business cards at conferences, but I usually just put their information in my phone and look them up later on LinkedIn or Facebook.

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Rusty

I use business cards alot. Great to pass out at conferences and meetings.

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Yes. I have used business cards and continue to use them. I use them when I am networking and also when I meet people for the first time and the conversation become lengthy. I also use them when I need to jot down notes when I do not have a spare piece of paper. I keep a few in my wallets, several in my car and a number of them in my portfolio and my computer briefcase.

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AEKZ2

No, I don't use business cards, because I've never thought of using them. I should get some cards with my name, phone number, and email address so that I can pass them out to acquaintances.

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AEKZ2

I liked UPrinting.com on Facebook (Annette E)

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Aaron

Yes - still use em. They are great for helping to spread the word, place to jot a number down and for entering contests :)

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Lisa Garner

I use business cards for our small business. I always hand them out to potential clients and friends.

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I use business cards to connect widows with one another and to send people to my blog.

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Lisa Garner

I liked UPrinting.com on Facebook.

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Lisa Garner

I like you both on Twitter @lisalmg and Tweeted: https://twitter.com/#!/lisalmg/status/158990748723855361

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Heather S

I don't currently use business cards but when I was working I did. I have thought about getting some to hand out to Moms. (Easier than finding a piece of paper!)

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Heather S

I liked UPrinting.com on Facebook.

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Heather S

My tweet. https://twitter.com/#!/HSlater351/status/159000632471203840

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Robin

Yes I've used business cards. I mostly use them for marketing events and networking.

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Business Cards are a great way to make a first impression, and most people will hold onto them for a while.

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MelissaO

I definitely use business cards...I have worked in community developmen for years and am always meeting people.

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jules mcnubbin

I liked UPrinting.com on Facebook

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Annette D

I have used business cards years ago when I was working for an insurance company.

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Annette D

tweet https://twitter.com/#!/annedoggett/status/159026602230038530

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Michelle Tucker

I liked UPrinting.com on Facebook.

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Laura

No I dont because I've always felt it was a waste of paper. Even at work I turn down company business cards for myself.

Although I do like the sample designs above.

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brian e.

Thanks for the giveaway...I liked UPrinting.com on Facebook: bryan eason

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brian e.

I don't use business cards as often as I did a decade ago, but they are always good to have nonetheless !

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Jessica

I used them when I worked as a Makeup Artist. CUrrently I do not use them.

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Miss Mary

Have you used business cards? Very rarely. Most of my work is virtual, so my email signature is my business card.

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Jessica

I liked UPrinting.com on Facebook!

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Jaque R.

I have used business cards to facilitate future communications. :-) Thank you.

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Justine

I don't use business cards cause I don't need them where I work unfortunately!

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Julie

No, I haven't used business cards. I probably could use them for networking at times. The examples are nice!

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Julie

**I liked UPrinting.com on FB**

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Justine

I liked UPrinting.com on Facebook

justine pierson

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Justine

I'm following both of you via twitter and I tweeted!

https://twitter.com/#!/ShesAnAngel417/status/159127525602230274

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Julie

https://twitter.com/#!/julesann/status/159127938439192577

Tweeted~

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Sand

No, not currently because of finances.

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Auriette

I have business cards from my workplace, which I use at professional networking events or occasionally when I need to provide contact information at a business for getting personal information about a product. For example, we selected a printer at the local Staples this week and asked them to hold it until the next morning. Rather than writing down my name and phone number, I gave the salesman a card.

Also, my husband and I share a social networking business card; he has one side and I have the other. It lists the URLs for websites and blogs, along with our email addresses. We ordered them through uPrinting.

Occasionally I will use one card or the other when a local restaurant has a fishbowl for a chance to win a free lunch.

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Rosanne Morrison

I've not used business cards but my husband does

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Rosanne Morrison

I liked UPrinting.com on Facebook-Rosanne M

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Rosanne Morrison

Tweeted: https://twitter.com/#!/rosannepm/status/159150944163074048