- Display only important information
- Use readable, clear font
- Incorporate visuals/logos
A business card is vital to advertise your business. It is provides information about your business and contact details. Business cards are not only essential for entrepreneurs or businessmen, but can also be useful for employees who wish to convey their designation and job profile.
At official business meetings or unofficial gatherings, the first thing that any interested individual may ask is your business card. If you have started your own venture or have been in it for a while, it is vital that you have a business cards. Design one or download readymade, blank, free business card templates, like the ones given in this Buzzle article below.
OpenOffice Business Card Templates
* Click on any card template to begin free download.
- There are plenty of software available online to create business cards, and you can use them; however, there are simpler options available as well.
- Using the OpenOffice software is relatively easier, you can learn it fast and create your own cards.
- The following templates are created using OpenOffice.
- When you download and open them, you will see a dialog box that says, 'Update all links?'. Please choose the 'No' option.
- The reason being, the templates in this document are created this way: there are 10 templates, 9 of them blank, and the 1st one is a sample that depicts what needs to be typed on the card.
- If you click 'Yes', the sample information will get copied on all of them, and you will have to edit all of them to insert your information.
- This isn't exactly a tough job, but it can be time-consuming and tedious.
- Once you change the data on the sample card, click on 'Synchronize labels', and the information will get copied on all the other cards.
- You can change all the information―the company name, your name, even add the logo and design and color, if you find them unsatisfactory.
- After that, you can print this page on the standard business card printing paper.
Business Card Essentials
- A regular business card should contain your name, company name, title, phone/fax, company logo/slogan, website/email, and address.
- Of course, all the options are not necessary, you can add/omit some, according to your need.
- The mandatory information is your name, company name, designation, and contact details.
- Using visuals and logos enhances your card, though they are not mandatory.
- Many business cards contain information in the front as well as the back, but there is no harm if the back is left blank; the information can be accommodated on one side itself.
- Using bright colors will certainly make your card stand out; however, do not go overboard, a simple design can work wonders too.
- Moreover, the colors should be in accordance with your business; for instance, you can use sober colors for a software enterprise, while bright, funky colors would be great for an event management company.
Sample Business Card Templates
- A few sample templates are given below to give you a fair idea of the design of a card.
- Remember that wherever you have 'Phone', 'Fax', 'Address', and 'Email', you can have multiple entries as per your requirement.
- For instance, you can have your office phone number as well as your personal mobile number.
- Or, you can have multiple office addresses, as well as your personal email, or the website of your company.
How to Create Templates With OpenOffice?
- The OpenOffice suite consists of great options to create business card templates.
- Under the 'File' option, click on 'New', then go down to either 'Business Cards' or 'Labels'.
- Using the former option is a tad bit complicated, and hence, many prefer using the 'Labels' format.
- When you click on 'Labels', you will find a dialog box with three tabs―'Labels', 'Format', and 'Options'.
- Click on 'Labels' and choose the 'Sheet' option.
- Under 'Brand' and 'Type', you can choose whatever you want (if you are familiar with OpenOffice, of course), and if you are a new user, choose 'Avery A4' under 'Brand', and either 'L7413 Business Card' or 'L7414 Business Card' or 'L7415 Business Card' under 'Type'.
- Now, click on the 'Format' tab.
- You will not have to do much here, since you have selected the 'Type' in the previous section.
- If, however, you select 'User' under 'Type' instead of any of the three options mentioned above, you will have to enter the dimensions yourself in the 'Format' section.
- Next, click on the 'Options' tab. Here, check the 'Synchronize contents' option.
- This enables the data on one template to be carefully and accurately mapped on to the others.
- After that, click on 'New Document', and you will be directed to your page, which has 10 card templates.
- The required dimensions will have divided your page into 10 available cards, on which you will have to start your graphic designing.
- Remember, you can work only on the 1st template, the others will be in a 'read only' mode. Therefore, any changes, any designing, typing, etc., will be done on the 1st template.
- The graphics can be of your choice, you have a neveending list of options for this one.
- You can use symbols and 'Clipart' features to add logos.
- Click on 'Area' in the 'Format' section to add color.
- Use text-boxes and other tools to make your card as attractive as possible, yet, make sure you maintain the subtlety; it is after all a business card, you don't want to scare people away.
- After completing the designing, click on 'Synchronize Labels'. It is a small dialog box that floats in one corner of the screen; clicking on it will duplicate your data in the blink of an eye.
- Print the cards and start using them.
The above templates are a rough example, you can use your own creativity and ideas to design them. Also, you can use other software beside OpenOffice, but it is a good place to begin if you are a newbie, and it certainly helps you create attractive and professional ones, right?