How to Make Your Own Business Cards

By Diane Dilov-Schultheis

  • Overview

    If you are a business owner, you should always have business cards on hand. You never know when you'll run into a possible future client. A business card is a compact means to provide all of your vital business details in one place. Practically anyone can easily make one with a desktop publishing program like Microsoft Publisher. All that is required is the business information, a logo or picture, if you want to include it, and a little time.
    How to Make Your Own Business Cards
    • Step 1

      Open Microsoft Publisher to access its Design Wizard tool. The Publisher Catalog should automatically open when you start the program. If not, select "File" from the menu bar and "New."
    • Step 2

      Click on "Business Cards" from the list to view the existing designs. Notice the cards on the right viewing pane of the wizard and use the scroll bar to view each one. Pick one to begin working with. You can adjust it afterward. Click the button "Start Wizard." This will open the business card you chosen (revealed to the right) with the wizard shown on the left. To go on, click on "Next."


    • Step 3

      Customize your business card color. The color scheme used on your business card can be altered, so for now simply pick one shown to see how it modifies the layout. After you are content with a color scheme, click "Next". Leave "Landscape" orientation checked off and click on "Next" one more time. If you would like to add a logo, pick "Yes" or else, mark "No" and then "Next." Put a mark by "Several tiled on the page" and then, click "Next".
    • Step 4

      Add business details to your card. If your data (name, address or business information) is already in Microsoft Publisher, it will be shown on the business card and you can modify it. If you have not put your details in, you can insert it now through selecting one (Primary or Secondary business, Other or Home/Family) and click "Update" and after that "Finish." You will observe your business card with the details you incorporated.
    • Step 5

      Put the final touches on the business card. Move any sections of the card by clicking and then moving with the mouse. Select any partsyou do not like and delete. You can highlight text and edit the wording or appearance. Accomplish this via right clicking and picking the modification you would like from the options.
    • Step 6

      Add text or graphics to your business card. Click the Text Frame Tool and put the box where you want your graphic. Click "Insert" and after that "Picture" as well as the file format, you need to insert to add a picture. Get the graphic and click "Insert" to see and put it on the business card. Make any additional revisions to your card. Once you are done, you should save the card by naming it.
    • Step 7

      Print your business cards. Follow the directions provided with the sheets of card stock to load your printer. Print a test sheet first to verify the placement and make any changes needed. See Resources for places to buy ready-made paper for cards.
    • Skill: Moderately Easy
    • Ingredients:
    • Microsoft Publisher
    • Photo, Graphic or Drawing (Optional)

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