I was just having this very conversation with my graphic designer this morning. I said I never call back people with the vistaprint free business cards or cards printed from their lazer printer...makes me feel they are definitely starting out and unstable with their finances(the exception here is obviously the teens I work with hence exactly why I work with them).
Even if you are the poorest, brokest, down to your last few pennies person in the world and you only have 100 dollars to start your business...much of your success going forward comes down to whether you are perceived as a credible person and people judge that not only by dialogue but also by packaging and design (what type of business you will attract). And again, if you only have a little bit of money to spend on your biz start up expenses I would say skip the website design (and save quite a bit there), skip the brochures (seldom do people call from those things anyway) and order the domain name and get an email address with the domain name, but definitely invest in professionally designed cards.
vistaprint.com like others have stated is a good source for inexpensive good quality cards and if you order the premium cards (around $29 bucks I think) they will do the design services for you for free. So make sure you have someone professionally lay them out. It is much better in the short and long term.
girlwiredin10/1/2008 11:23 AM