Reasons to Keep Old Business Cards

How Tos
By: SweetDreams    
09-Feb-2012

Introduction:If you have established your own business or work for any corporation a business card is a great communication tool to have on hand. The card has the necessary contact information the client needs to be able to reach you by various means. (Company name, your name, address, phone number(s), email address and website information) By handing them to friends or acquaintances they also have a method of keeping in touch. There are many other uses for these cards. Specifically the cards that are now considered outdated because of promotions or career changes. Being able to reuse and repurpose old business cards will also give you satisfaction that the money spent was not entirely wasted.

Don't throw those old business cards out. Don't send them to the recycle bin right away. There are plenty of ways they can still be used before they head out in another direction. Let's get creative and see how many ideas we all can come up with.

Here are some ideas to get your creative juices flowing:

  • 01

    Scrap Paper

    . Place a few in your billfold or purse to use as scrap paper. There are times when we're out and about and want to jot down a name, number, address or even a price of an item to compare at another store. There is never a piece of paper handy when you need it. So be prepared and use a few cards for that very purpose.

  • 02

    Magnets Galore

    . Purchase business card magnets and place the adhesive side over the old information. Use stencils or rubber stamps on the blank side to create special keepsake notes for loved ones. Write on the blank sides and use the magnet against the refrigerator for emergency phone numbers. Attach them to a filing cabinet to identify the contents of each drawer. (If tax papers are filed, write the years down on the card and when you need to go back you'll know which drawer to gather that information from.) If the filing cabinet has a slot for a card place the business card in backwards without using the magnet, it will keep its place and still provide the necessary information contained in that drawer.

  • 03

    Gift Tags and More

    . Glue two together. Then again, use stencils, rubber stamps, your own artistic designs or have a child color a picture on one side. Then punch a hole in one corner and attach a thin ribbon. Now you have homemade gift tags for any holiday or occasion. Two cards glued together on 3 sides can be envelopes to hold small items that may otherwise become lost such as broken jewelry clasps until can be taken to a jeweler for repair. Just glue or tape the open side to seal the contents in.

  • 04

    Gardening

    . If you are a gardener, take a card and write the name of the vegetables on the blank side. Or even cut and paste part of the seed packet to the card. Laminate it so it will be water proof. Place stakes in front of each garden row. (Examples: Tomato, peppers, zucchini, cabbage and so on!) Use a staple gun to attach the name of each vegetable planted so you know where eat one is planted. This will help children identify the word with the food item. They can even draw the vegetables on the cards too and feel more involved in the family garden. Glue 2 cards together on 3 sides and you have an envelope to place small seeds to save for the next planting season. Either glue the opening or tape it to hold the seeds within.

  • 05

    Storage and Organizing

    . How many plastic tubs do you have being utilized for storage? Winter clothes, summer clothes, old photos albums, memory boxes for the children and don't forget all those craft items and the yarn supply. We either guess what is inside if they are not made of clear plastic or we attach a label on the front of the container. Heat and humidity as well as cold will dry the adhesive out and eventually they will fall off leaving the boxes unidentifiable once again. Use some strapping tape to tape on a business card labeled with the contents of the box. If you every need to use that container for other materials the card can be removed easily without harming the box.




Final Thoughts

Be creative as you re-purpose!

Remember that a business card tells a person something about you. It isn't only contact information that people look at. Be creative when choosing the right design. Make that card a reflection of yourself and show off your personality. Don't take them for granted, create one so others will remember you and associate that card with the person handing it out. It will make a world of difference.


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