Your business card is represents your company’s brand. It provides contact information like your name, email, website, and phone number.
Your business card not only needs to explain what you do and convey a sense of trust, it also has to contain the important information people need to learn more about your brand and get in touch.
If you’re still bootstrapping your ecommerce business, or if cash flow is tight, you don’t need a pro designer to make custom cards. There are tons of free business card makers and templates you can use to DIY.
10 business card makers
If you don’t yet have a professional business card, don’t worry. There are many available tools to create and/or print off a stunning design so potential clients and customers remember your business.
We’ll walk you through 10 of the most popular business card makers below.
- Shopify’s free business card maker
- Elite Flyers
1. Shopify’s free business card maker
Best for ecommerce brands.
Shopify’s free business card maker is extremely quick and easy to use. Simply enter the information you want to appear on your business card, upload your logo, and click the Create button.
From there, your business card mockup is emailed to you for downloading and printing. Easy peasy, right? The only downsides are that your business card design is not very customizable and you have to find your own printing.
However, if what you need is a quick (and free) business card design, Shopify makes sure you still look professional. Then you can consider getting a more customizable design as your business grows.
And if you’re really on a budget—like most brand-new ecommerce brands are—you can easily pick up cardstock from the store and print the cards yourself!
Price: Completely free to use.
Best for all-in-one design and online printing.
Vistaprint has three options for making your business cards:
- Browsing its templates to create your own design
- Uploading an already-made design (to have your free Shopify business card printed)
- Utilizing its design services to have one of its designers create a business card for you
If you decide to design a card inside Vistaprint, you can search through its templates until you find one you like. Then customize the text, change the colors to match your brand, and even add shapes or a QR code if you wish.
Once you’re done with your design—or if you already had a design and just needed to get cards printed—it’s time to select your materials.
Choose your paper thickness, card finish, and corner design of your business cards. For example, do you want square or rounded corners? (Keep in mind that this may change the cost of your cards.)
Then add to cart, check out, and you’re in business!
Price: Starting at $17/100 business cards.
Best for creative business card designs.
With MOO, you can create a design from a template or from scratch, or you can upload an existing design you simply need printed.
MOO’s offers a variety of card design options, but they can also get a little pricey. With options like square cards, mini cards, gold foil accents, and more, you can get creative with your business card design.
With MOO, you can also create a variety of “backs” to your business card, so you have different designs to choose from when handing out your cards. While not necessary, it’s a fun way to ensure your cards stand out.
Once you’ve finalized your design, add the cards to your cart to check out. Soon, you’ll have your brand-new business cards shipped right to your door.
Price: Starting at $20/50 business cards.
Best for businesses with a local Staples.
Staples is more than an office supply store. You can head over to its website to design—and print—your very own business card. Create the design from scratch or browse its template selection to get started.
Update the text, upload your logo, access Shutterstock photos for just $1.99 each for a single-time use, add a QR code, and even search for icons to use in your design.
Once you’ve finished, Staples requires you to check a box confirming you’ve proofread your card. After all, you don’t want any typos on your printed business cards. Then you can check out and get them printed.
If you have a local Staples store, you can even select same-day pickup if you’re in a hurry.
Price: Starting at $14.99/250 cards.
Best for same-day business card printing.
If you already have a business card design and you just need to get them printed (for example, if you’ve created your design with Shopify’s free business card maker), Jukebox is a great place to start.
With a number of card materials to choose from—and even specialty card options like foil, painted edges, and sparkle—you can upload your designs and work with Jukebox’s printing team to ensure the cards end up exactly how you envision.
During checkout, you can choose to have someone on Jukebox’s printing team review your uploaded PDF to make sure everything accurately lines up on the card.
And if you’ve put off ordering cards until the day before—or day of—an event, you can select same-day or next-day printing at checkout to ensure a quick turnaround.
Price: Starting at $45/250 cards.
Best for die-cut business cards.
PsPrint is another online design tool that allows you to either upload your existing business card design or browse its templates to create one from scratch. Choose from a number of templates to create a standard, full color, thick, or even folded business card.
One of PsPrint’s more special offerings is the ability to create a die-cut business card. These are uniquely shaped with cutouts that tell your business’s story.
For example, a dentist’s office might have a business card shaped like a tooth, while a restaurant or food truck might have a bite taken out of their cards.
One downside to PsPrint is it has no templates for designing a card. For this technique, you’ll need to get a special business card design created beforehand.
Price: Starting at $14.44/50 cards. Die-cut business cards start at $139/500 cards.
Best for business cards on a budget.
On top of being incredibly affordable for brands, GotPrint also has one of the more user-friendly design interfaces. Similar to many well-known online graphic design software, GotPrint has an easy-to-use design tool so you can quickly customize your business card design.
Choose from a number of shapes, backgrounds, and design elements to elevate your business card design.
Remember to keep your card design relevant to your industry and your branding so your small business becomes more recognizable. Then, when you’re happy with your design, you can proceed to order however many business cards you need.
Price: Starting at $7.70/100 cards.
8. Elite Flyers
Best for brands that need a card designed for them.
Elite Flyers doesn’t have an online tool for creating your own card, but if you don’t already have a design to upload, its designers can create a custom card design for an additional $35.
This is useful if you want a more customized design than you can create with a free business card maker but don’t feel like you have the skills to design one yourself.
And while you can order a smaller amount of business cards if you choose, its standard business cards start around $35 for a batch of 1,000. With the additional $35 for a business card design, you can get 1,000 new business cards for less than $100.
Price: Starting at $20/100 cards or $35/1,000 cards.
Best for brands that want a lot of choices.
If you have no idea what you’re looking for in a business card and want a ton of template options to choose from, Zazzle is the tool to check out.
Keep in mind that while its cheapest, most basic template (pictured above) starts at $5.25 for each pack of 25 cards, more complex designs cost more. But if you’re looking for a high-quality business card, you might want to utilize one of the better designs.
Then you can personalize the design with your information and send it off to be printed and shipped.
Price: Starting at $5.25/25 cards.
Canva, which is often used to create social media images, can also make business cards. Choose from one of the suggested layouts or build your own from scratch. Business cards take longer to make with this tool, but they can be completely customized.
How to choose the best business card printing service
We’ve covered 10 of the most popular business card makers, but how do you know which is going to be the best option for printing your cards?
There are a number of factors that determine the best business card printing service. We cover them more in-depth below, so you can make the most informed decision.
How many business cards do you need? If you’re just starting your business, you might not want to initially order thousands of cards. Instead—especially if you’re testing the waters with a new design—try ordering just 100 or so cards, start distributing them, and see how they perform.
While the cost per card tends to go down the more you order, you don’t want to be left with boxes on boxes of business cards with a design that doesn’t convert.
When searching for the right business card printing service, make sure they don’t require you to start out with a higher quantity than you’re comfortable with. Some printing options we listed let you order as few as 25 to 50, while others prefer you start at 1,000.
Think about how quickly you need your business cards. If you’ve put this off until the last minute and now you need them for a networking event, you might want to use a local printer or a service with same-day delivery (like Staples or Jukebox, both of which we mentioned above).
If you don’t need them quickly, then you’ll want to pay attention to the standard turnaround time and shipping costs. Some sites offer free shipping, so if cost will be a factor in your decision making, keep an eye out for lower shipping fees.
The fancier the paper stock you choose, the more expensive your business cards will be. However, if you have a bit of wiggle room in your budget, unique business cards will stand out more than standard ones.
Standard business card material is likely matte or semi-gloss, but you could choose premium business card materials like:
- Kraft paper
You can also opt for ultra-thick cards or sleek thin cards for something different. If you want something special, look at each of the card materials the above business card makers offer to see what resonates with you.
Some business card makers allow you to customize every aspect of a template, while others only let you insert personalized information instead of the placeholder content.
For a unique design, you’ll want to choose a tool with more customization. If your goal is a basic business card you can start handing out as soon as possible—and as cheaply as possible—go ahead with Shopify’s free business card tool and print them off yourself.
Size and shape
While the standard size and shape is a horizontal 3.5 inches by 2 inches, there are special business card sizes you can choose as well. Some card makers offer square cards, mini business cards, and vertical cards to make you stand out more. And don’t forget PsPrint’s die-cut cards for a unique card shape.
Vertical cards likely won’t cost more, but the other shapes can have an added cost. Make sure they fit in your budget—just because other shapes and sizes look cool doesn’t mean you want to overspend.
How to make a business card template
When creating your design, you can turn it into a free business card template for future use. When you need to order more, make a change, or make cards for your staff, it’s easier and more cost effective to return to your original template instead of starting over.
To create your template, save it in the program you’re working in and export it to your computer. Extract the vector graphic from the file so you can open it in a design program for future edits.
Business card design template
Templates are especially helpful when you’re in a bind and need to whip up a design on a tight deadline. Here are some options to check out:
- Printable business card templates by Canva
- Business card templates by Adobe
- Templates for business cards by Avery
No matter which business card maker you choose, consistency is key. Your brand needs to be cohesive, and that includes the look and feel of your business card.
Business card design best practices
Keep the design simple
A business card has one purpose: to help people contact you. If your design is too complex, it will be harder for the person holding your card to find the information they need. They should be able to quickly glance at your card and learn everything they need to know to contact you.
Use a single image
In most cases, a simple design means sticking to one image, typically your logo. The image you choose should quickly and clearly convey your brand. Anything else is just a distraction.
Remember important information
Your business card needs to have a clear design, but the content it contains is just as important. Make sure any important information, such as your name and contact details, is included and easy to find.
Choose an easy-to-read font
In the name of clear communication, your font choice should be simple. While you can use a more elaborate font for your logo, information like your name, phone number, and email address should be easy to read—even for people with slight vision problems.
Invest in high quality
Finally, your business card is like a mini version of your business. If your business card is low print quality, people will assume your business is low quality, too. No matter what, make sure you work with a good printer and use a high-resolution version of your logo. And opt for the best card stock you can afford!
Design your custom business card today
If you need business cards but haven’t gotten around to making any yet, now’s the time. There are many free templates and business card makers available to help custom design your own. Choose one and get started today!