Business Card Do’s and Don’ts

Do you remember when your parents taught you manners? Remembering where to lay your napkin and which fork is a salad fork was difficult enough but did you know there are etiquette rules when it comes to your business cards as well? Most people aren’t taught these rules, so here are a few tips about what you can and can’t do to promote your business.

Your business can create unique business cards that make your company stand out. They should be very professional, unique, and eye-catching with a personal touch added to them. You may even consider having embossed business cards or other unique designs. You should keep several of your cards available at all times to give to potential customers. The best time to offer your card to a client, or potential client, is when you are ending the conversation. Always follow with a handshake and a sincere thank you. Be sure your business card stands out to the consumer and makes them want to come back.

To avoid making a bad impression there are several things you need to remember when handing out your business card. Don’t interrupt anyone having a conversation with someone else to give them your card and never give away bent or torn cards. You don’t want your business to have a reputation of being rude and careless. Ensure a personal relationship with your clients and always hand out your cards in person; don’t leave stacks of cards at a restaurant or other public place. Handing out your cards in person allows you to make a connection with the person and ensure they will remember your business. Along with this, don’t give your card to everyone who you come in contact with. Most often, these cards will just be thrown away. Only give your cards to people who are interested in the services you offer.

Not having proper business etiquette could potentially harm your company but proper etiquette will help ensure your company’s growth and prosperity.