A business card is one of the most important tools you can use to promote both yourself and your business to potential customers and clients. With a business card, you will always have some thing that you can hand out to people when an opportunity strikes, and you never know where these opportunities will lead. But even though a business card can be a great tool, it can also be completely pointless if you do not know how to design your business card effectively. Your business card should do more than just list a name and a phone number; it should also create an urge to call! Even if you have a conversation with someone before giving your business card to them, they might not remember late where each business card they have came from. In fact, it is not uncommon for people to end up with a pocket full of business cards every day! In addition to clearly stating who you are and how you can be reached, your business card should also clearly state what you do. You might have a company whose name does not make it clear what it does; if this is the case, make sure the card itself makes it perfectly clear! Another thing you should add to your card is your logo, but you should be aware of its placement; do not allow it to take over the card! The logo should be noticeable, but it should not be the focal point; after all, the logo is an important element, but it is still only one element. It is worth spending a little bit of extra money to make sure your card looks professional, as a professional-looking card will inspire confidence. For instance: someone looking through a stack of business cards they have for plumbers is most likely to call the person whose card inspires the most confidence. Your business card can do a lot to help your business, or it can do very little; in fact, it can even be a detriment! Make sure that your card is effectively designed, and make sure that you spend a bit of extra money to have a card that looks great!