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7 Tips for Networking with Business Cards

Business cards create connections. Think of them as portable, powerful ambassadors for your brand. And if they're sitting in your desk drawer, they're not doing their job. So what's the best way to hand out your business cards and get them in front of the right people? These networking tips will make sure you get the most mileage out of your cards.

  1. Never Leave Home Without Them
    It pays to be prepared and carry a few business cards on you at all times. You can either stash them in your wallet or purse, or invest in a business card holder to keep them in pristine condition prior to handing them out. Either way, it's important to know how many business cards to order so you never find yourself empty handed.
  2. Take Advantage of Chance Meetings
    Whether you're out walking the dog or attending your grandparents' 50th wedding anniversary, there's always the chance you run into someone who can help you grow your business. Don't hesitate to hand them a business card.
  3. Strategically Sell Yourself
    Business cards are one of the most powerful tools in your marketing arsenal. Treat them as such. Don't just hand them out willy-nilly to anyone you meet. Think strategically. If you talk to someone who seems interested in your business or who could provide a connection, then it makes sense to give them a card — or even two (more on that below).
  4. Always Return the Favor
    Remember, connections are a two-way street and many companies will refer customers back and forth with one another. So always ask for a business card in return. It could be the start of a profitable partnership.
  5. One for Now, One for Later
    When you see a good networking opportunity, seize it. Don't just hand out one business card to potential key contacts — give them two. This way, they can keep one and give the other as a referral.
  6. The Friends & Family Plan
    From mom to your best friend Millie, let your friends and family be your biggest advocates. They may know someone who can help you find the perfect opportunity. Give a few business cards to loved ones to help you in your endeavors.
  7. Consider a QR Code
    Get creative and try something new with business card QR (Quick Response) codes. These square, black & white codes can be printed on cards, then your contacts can use a QR code-reader app on their smartphone to scan your business card. These codes can link to your website or even allow people to instantly program your contact details into their phone.

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