I remember my mother sitting at the kitchen table clipping coupons for hours when I was a kid. I’d be in the living room half-watching one of my favorite shows like Three’s Company or Punky Brewster while I agonized over my math homework. I hated math and always saved it for the end of the night. I still tend to save my least favorite tasks for the end of the day despite the advice from I’ve gotten from business coaches and experts who say do your least favorite/hardest/thing that requires the most creative thought first when you’re not tired and your mind is fresh.
So there I’d be, cursing whoever invented fractions, while my mom turned the pages of the weekly coupon mailer, cut out coupons and filed them away in her tabbed box that we never entered a grocery store without. Back then, it was just the two of us and every penny counted. My mom loved a good bargain but she also didn’t mind paying a little more for something special that she knew would last.
I hunt for bargains and splurge when it makes sense just like my mom did. Buying organic produce at my local farmers market costs a little more but it’s worth it to know I’m eating something pesticide-free and supporting farmers in my area. I love finding a great deal on something but I also think it’s important to put some thought into what I’m buying. I don’t just think about where it comes from but I also think about the quality of what I’m buying.
In the past, when I’ve searched for a place to print my business cards, I always put low prices ahead of everything else. My main concern was the cost per card not the quality of the card. A business card is just a business card, right? That’s what I thought until I received some cards I ordered from our friends at Oubly. Oubly is an online platform that offers stylish personalized stationery cards as well as printed goods for your business.
Oubly is sweetly offering five of our readers a chance to win 100 edge business cards. Of course, I wanted to test out Oubly’s printing and quality so I designed a business card for my friend Kari Chapin (Craftcation Conference presenter, business consultant and best-selling author of The Handmade Marketplace, 2nd Edition: How to Sell Your Crafts Locally, Globally, and Online, Grow Your Handmade Business: How to Envision, Develop, and Sustain a Successful Creative Business and co-author of Feltlicious: Needle-Felted Treats to Make & Give) who I’ve been doing some freelance illustration work with my design business, Show + Tell Design Studio. Kari sent me an image of her old business card and I took a drawing I did of her then combined the two ideas and added some color and viola! I had a design ready to print that Kari and I both loved.
I’ve designed and ordered business cards for myself and my clients for years and I always get really excited when the cards arrive. Receiving the finished cards I ordered for Kari from Oubly was no exception. Once I opened the box I realized the difference between other printers and Oubly. My box from Oubly didn’t just contain business cards but held the most lovely thick professional business cards I’ve ever had printed, along with stickers, a thank you note and a card letting me know that my business cards were printed on paper manufactured with wind power and eco-friendly inks. Plus Oubly included two boxes to hold the business cards: one large box that closes with a magnet and a small box perfect to slip in my purse or have on a table at a craft show.
It’s easy to get caught up on price instead of quality when ordering business cards but just like buying local organic produce but it’s important to consider what you’re getting for what you’re paying. Although the cards I ordered from Oubly were a little pricier than what I was used to, they are SOOOO worth it! Your business card is a reflection of you, your business and your branding and it’s key to be sure that it embodies all of those things.
Think about the business cards you’ve been given and then think about the ones you’ve held onto. I always keep the ones that are a little bit different. Don’t have a business card design ready to go? No worries, Oubly also offers cool templates that you can plug your contact info into. I’m so excited to send Kari’s cards to her. I know she’ll love not only the design but the cards themselves. Plus I can’t wait to design some new cards for my mom’s jewelry business and have Oubly print them. I know she’ll appreciate the awesome quality of Oubly’s cards.
Want to win 100 edge painted Oubly cards of your very own? Just leave a comment on this post by September 10th telling us about your favorite thing you’ve purchased or been given recently. Make sure to include your email address so we can hook you up with some fancy new business cards. We’ll randomly choose five winners.
The contest is now closed. Congrats to our five winners:
Heather, Sage, Esta, Laura, and Spinfoolish!