that freelance life: making business cards with basic invite
Freelancing and hustling are basically interchangeable words. When you lack the safety net of working for a company and are therefore responsible for bringing in all your own business, becoming a boss at networking is mandatory. Every lunch meeting or press dinner is another opportunity to meet a colleague you could collaborate with or an editor who may be looking for new writers. Obviously, I can’t attend as many media events as I used to now that I have a toddler, but I do try and carve out time to meet as many people in my industry as my schedule allows.
I have found that business cards, though they are small in size, are hugely important for networking. Being able to disseminate my info to a large group of people at an event has gotten me more gigs and new friendships than I can remember. And, as someone who is a stickler for design, I take a lot of pride in creating a card that conveys a little bit of who I am (they are generally pink, yes).
In the past, I have had a bit of trouble finding cards that weren’t too cheesy, too professional, or simply, too boring. So I was pumped to find Basic Invite, which, yes, has invites, but also has a huge collection of design-forward business cards (some of which are seen above!). The feature that truly sets them apart, however, is that you can order samples of specific cards before committing to buying, like a thousand (I still haven’t decided on my latest design, so do let me know which of the three pictured strikes your fancy). They also have over 180 color options for each card, so customizing is super fun (if you’re like me and like getting into the weeds with that sort of thing). Also, clear business cards! Who knew?
They’re running a 15% off promotion right now, so go get yourself some pretty new networking swag, guys. Use 15FF51 at checkout for the best business cards.
Thanks to Basic Invite for reaching out and sponsoring (!) this post!