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Even in the digital age, some traditional marketing materials are still needed.  One such item is business cards. Business cards are often the “piece you leave behind” that represents your company, your work, and your brand.  You need to make sure your cards make a statement and allows the recipient a way to connect with you later.

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Today’s contest is sponsored by Color Inc Pro Lab, an advertiser on the MCP Blog. They printed my business cards and sent me samples using a few different finishes: gloss, pearl and watercolor.  They are all really nice, but for my particular cards, I am in LOVE with the pearl finish.  It gives the cards an almost metallic look and they are just beautiful in person.

business-card Contest: Enter to Win Business Cards & Marketing Materials for Photographers Business Tips Contests

Do you need new business cards? Color Inc. is giving 4 lucky winners 250 double sided business cards in the finish of their choice.

To enter (you may do entry 1 or 1, 2, and 3 for more chances to win) -winners will be picked at random on Sunday, February 28th.

1. Leave a comment on the blog for this post (not on Facebook) – and answer the following for your 1st entry:

  • What information do you feel is important to have on a business card for a photographer?
  • Do you think photographers should have photographs on their card? Why do you feel this way?

2. Post one of the following to Twitter and/or Facebook (and come back and comment to let us know you did for your 2nd entry):

  • What information should be on a business card? Win 2-sided business cards by commenting here:
  • Do you think photographers should have pictures on business cards? Win 2-sided business cards by commenting here:

3. Ask your blog readers what they think business cards should have on them, by doing a quick summary of this post and its questions; then link them here so they can comment. Come back here and leave a comment with a link to your blog post for your third entry.

And for those of you who want to order business cards now, Color Inc is doing a promo for 10% off through Sunday the 28th of February by using the code: biz10.


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  1. Regina on May 14, 2010 at 10:02 am

    Jessica, when would you say you make the leap from hobbyist to actually having a business, so that you have to do all the tax stuff? I’ve started operating as a business, but really don’t have many clients yet (I have a few, but I’m still working at getting my name out) though I’m keeping records of everything… so I hate to make the plunge, such as telling the IRS that I’m an actual business when what if it doesn’t take off? If you get a chance, I’d appreciate knowing what you think 🙂

  2. Natasha on May 14, 2010 at 11:13 am

    Regina, I know I am not Jessica but I wanted to say that in my state, if you are charging anything or even acting as a business without a large customer base you are suppose to have a biz licence and tax id number and be operating legitimately. I don’t know the rules in every state but I would say they are likely similar. The IRS doesn’t expect every business to take off but they do expect you to report properly if you are taking money for a service. Hope that helps a bit.

  3. Lindsay on May 14, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    Regina, If you get caught, you would definitely wish you had done it from the get-go. There’s really not that much to it, depending on your state, so I would highly recommend starting now. I think it also lends credibiltiy to you as a business if you are doing things like collecting sales tax.

  4. Andree on May 15, 2010 at 12:25 am

    Even though I’m not close to setting up a photography business, I found this post helpful by providing a guide for a bare-bones structure, applicable to almost any small business type. Thanks. Bookmarked for reference!

  5. Nanette on May 15, 2010 at 11:51 am

    Thanks for all the great info. I am curious as to what labs folks are happy with for printing pictures and printing canvases. Seems like there are so many out there, it is difficult to know how to choose high quality/fair pricing/good customer service. Any suggestions would be appreciated!

  6. Regina on May 15, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    Thanks Natasha and Lindsay! I’m gonna get on this.

  7. patricia on May 16, 2010 at 11:38 am

    My biggest price problem is my location. I live in a small town and feel people are not use to prices photographers get in larger cities. My session time is 90 mins at the clients location of choice. I only do maternity, newborn, children and families. After the session, I select the best(20-30 pics), edit and burn CD. The client gets the CD with full print release. So what is a fair price for my time and my client in a county of 30,000 people that is 1 hr and 45 mins away from a larger city. Oh, I am not the only photographer in the country, we each have our own style.

  8. Julie on May 16, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    Everything!!!!! Thank you!

  9. Shawnee on May 18, 2010 at 8:44 am

    I am just starting to PB- I actually have been “preparing” for business for several years. I worry about if there are going to be enough people who will see that quality is worth paying for. Will I shine brightly enough to pull customers from those who give all their images away for two hundred dollars?

  10. Jonathan on May 28, 2010 at 11:47 am

    This was a great series; one of the best blog series I’ve ever followed. It’s crazy (slash embarrassing) how many of the items on this list have been “overlooked” in my business. Thank you for sharing!

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