Are Business Cards Old Hat?

Hello folks,

At the end of last year, aka the year we won’t mention, I finally took the plunge after weeks of procrastination, indecision and worry, to purchase some business cards. It took me another 3 weeks to research a suitable company, create what I thought was a good design, and get them made.  I erred on the side of caution, and economics, and had 100 cards made.

Arriving early February, I promptly stuffed my new business card holder with as many cards as possible and placed them in my bag.  I have been to several events since and so far have given out a grand total of … 4.

Why only 4?  Because of a little invention called the mobile phone. Naturally, the contemporary blogger, reaches for their mobile devices to swap contact details. It’s quick, simple and socially acceptable as being a modern way to do such things, whilst not looking like a 90s Wall Street Banker.

So I started to think, maybe I should ditch the whole business card thing. Attending the #YouCanSitWithUsLdn event last Sunday changed my mind.

Armed with a handful of business cards, I headed to the Camden Collective building on Hampstead Road, determined to off-load as many of my cards as possible.

I didn’t hand out any cards. Not 1.

Instead, I swapped contact details using my mobile, having taken advantage of the free wifi connection. My phone now full of new contacts, but my business card holder was also still bursting at the seams.

At the end of the event, I popped into the local supermarket in search of flowers for a photo shoot and milk, as you do. I left empty handed as the flowers looked a bit sad and thanks to Valentine’s Day, were over priced. All the 4 pint bottles had sold out, so that was a no-go too.

As I left, I spotted 2 fellow event attendees and waved hello.  We didn’t have a chance before to swap details, so we attempted to do so there and then. Of course away from the wifi service our mobiles were still adjusting. Then, I remembered my business cards.

I suppose this is a reminder that we should never be completely reliant on our tech devices, because lets face it, how many times have the batteries died, or the network service started playing up?  Then there’s the awkward scramble for the pen languishing at the bottom of our bag, and looking for a scrappy bit of paper … yikes.

I simply (and admittedly uncharacteristically added to my coolness points) pulled out my card holder and handed out a couple of cards.  Quick, simple, no awkwardness, no fuss.

At the moment as you may know, my website is currently going through a transition phrase. So I didn’t want to do an ‘American Psycho‘, and order gold embossed cards with a fancy script font. I suppose the movie also helped put me off the idea of using business cards, as I’ve unintentionally linked them as being one step away from chainsaws, and who wants to be associated with that? If you haven’t watched the movie American Psycho, I warn you now, don’t watch at night or alone. Or with people who know how to use chainsaws.

But, neither did I want to leave it until my website is perfect, because that will take a while and it’s not worth the risk on losing out on positive opportunities.

Plus, it makes me feel, and I hope look, organised and prepared.  Even if my website is under a little scaffolding, it’s still open for business. If I can get this small detail right, just think what I can achieve when it comes to bigger projects?  Heck, I organised my first photography exhibition last year, I can do anything!

What do you think about business cards? Do you use them? Please comment below.

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6 things to do now to prepare for next Christmas

Hello,

Tonight is 12th night and tomorrow Christmas will officially be over for another year. The mince pies have been devoured, the tree de-blinged of it’s baubles and the bottle of Cointreau returned to it’s usual place at the back of the cupboard. Boo hoo.

Now, it’s time to prepare for next Christmas.

Yes, you read that right, today is the day to start planning for next Yuletide.

6 things to do now to prepare for next Christmas.

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  1. Pack away your Christmas lights.

    Did you struggle with the Christmas tree lights? Before you throw away your boxes from all your Christmas gifts, cut out a large piece of cardboard. Tape the edges so that they don’t snag your lights. Then carefully wrap the lights around the cardboard. You could use masking tape to tape the end of the light cable, for easy removal. This saves you hours of boring untangling. Cover with some bubble wrap to ensure that they are protected. Don’t forget to remove all batteries from your battery operated lights. Treat your Christmas tinsel in the same way as the lights.

  2. Go shopping.

    Now is the time to stock up on bargain Christmas wrapping, cards, ribbon, tableware and anything you know you will need for your Christmas celebrations 2017.  Why go to all that trouble in December when you can do it now in relative peace, for less money? Don’t forget batteries, sticky tape, baubles, tree decorations, cutlery, crockery and even long life Christmas food, such as Christmas puddings and mulled wine. Ensure you check the use by date and storage instructions.

  3. Reuse packaging and Christmas cards.

    Use strong boxes, decorate with Christmas paper and use to store any remaining Christmas decorations. Create a Christmas box, to store sticky tape, scissors, gift tags etc.  Recycle your Christmas cards to decorate next year’s Christmas gifts – even use for creative gift tags.

  4. Create a Christmas memory box.

    Add photos of your Christmas festivities with family and friends. Decorate with pretty wrapping paper and save your favourite cards and email messages from your loved ones.

  5. Create a Christmas file.

    Decorate an old ring binder with paper, old cards etc, and use to jot down all your vital things-to-do lists.  Include emergency numbers for services, such as local pharmacies, local police station etc. Update your contacts list, to ensure your mail doesn’t go to your loved ones previous address! You can also add your favourite seasonal recipes and drink concoctions.

    Include an itemised list of things you have already purchased for next year, so you don’t repeat buy. Add a small box to hold plasters and other non-perishable items suitable for a first aid kit, a mini sewing kit, safety pins, candles, safety matches, a torch (preferably a hand wind up as opposed to a battery operated one), a small radio, pens and pencils and notepaper, because you can never find these when you need them in an emergency.

  6. Start saving.

    If needs be, open a savings account and set aside some money each week or month for Christmas.  For instance, if you save £20 a month, by December you will have £240 to help ease the cost of Christmas.  £240 would go a long way towards the cost of the festive meal, gifts or even as an extra treat for yourself. Perhaps you could gift the money to your favourite charity, or use it towards unexpected bills or emergencies. Whatever the reason, that money could come in handy and in these uncertain times, it’s always a good idea to have some form of safety net.

These simple 6 steps will give you 6 less things to worry about, so you can start enjoying Christmas all the sooner. Call it an early Christmas gift to yourself 🙂

Do you have any more tips to add to this list? Comment below, I would love to read them. Thanks for reading and don’t forget to ‘like’ and subscribe for more.