When you own a business, stay with your budget as much as possible, especially if your business is new and you're working hard to develop a base of repeat customers. Business cards can be a real asset when you have a limited amount of money to work with, and they not only can be an asset to your business, but to the commercial printer who designs and prints the cards for your business. Commercial printers often provide a promotion that offers free cards, but some restrictions may apply.
Why ordering free business cards from a commercial printer, you can still get the personalized service that you'd expect if you were paying for your professionally designed cards. The printing company wants your business, but also wants you as a repeat customer. The printer will work with you to design unique cards that will attract the attention of your customers, with the information you need. The printing company will assist you with each step of designing your cards so that the finished product is exactly what you want.
Using a commercial printer to design your free business cards, the stipulation is usually that the cards are available only for a limited time. Most often, the printing company stipulates that the cards may be printed only on one side. One of the conditions is usually that the design on the business cards is print ready artwork, which means that you choose from a variety of designs that the printing company has available. The finish will usually be a semi gloss finish, but may vary by company. The printing company usually will offer a set number of cards per order for each customer.
The free business cards you order from a printing company will usually be limited to 100 cards at a time. Most companies also state that you may order every few months. When you get your cards, you're only charged for the shipping, which is a relatively small fee. Ordering cards this way is a good way to see the quality of the printing and decide if you want to use the commercial printer on a regular basis.
It's a good situation for both parties because if you're happy with the cards that you initially order from the company, you're more likely to order additional products from them, including catalogs, promotional items, flyers, brochures, and custom stickers.