Search thousands of topics on CostHelper.com

BROWSE ALL TOPICS >> appliances babies & children  cars  consumer electronics health & personal care home & garden personal finance  pets  schools small business weddings
CostHelper > Small Business  > Business Cards

Business Cards Cost


How Much Do Business Cards Cost?

 
low costLow: Sometimes Freeaverage costMedium: $0.05-$0.20 Per Cardhigh costGraphic Designer: $500-$2,000+
post E-mail post Post  

Business cards can vary from a simple black-and-white layout with basic details (name, phone number, etc.) to a custom-designed, multi-colored card.

Typical costs:

  • Some online printing companies offer a small batch (10-250) of free business cards to first-time customers, although these are usually on extremely inexpensive paper with the printing company's name across the back, and shipping costs are extra. For example, VistaPrint offers 250 free business cards with a limited selection of standard layouts, but standard shipping to California (14 business days) costs $7 or about $14 for priority (three business days). Eliminating the VistaPrint logo text on the back of the free business cards costs $2-$5 extra.
  • Create do-it-yourself business cards with a computer by using blank business card forms designed to be used in standard printers, at a cost (for the paper) of about $0.05-$0.10 per card. For example, the Avery[1] company sells packs of 100-400 blank business cards (usually 8-10 cards on an 8-1/2x11-inch sheet) for $6-$35, depending on the type of printer (inkjet or laser) used and the color and quality of the blank paper. BelightSoft.com provides an overview[2] for choosing ready-made business card blanks.
  • Plugging the text information into a standard online layout or customizing a design through an online printing service starts at about $10-$60 for 250-500 cards, or about $0.04-$0.20 per card; shipping adds $5-$20 or more to the total cost. Extras like premium paper, foil accent, printing both sides or adding an existing company logo can bring the total cost to $50-$100 or more. For example, PrintsMadeEasy.com[3] charges $2.99 for matte finish and $3.99 for glossy for 20 single-sided business cards (about $0.15-$0.20 per card); and $52.99 for a matte front and $56.99 for a glossy front for 500 double-sided cards (about $0.11-$0.12 each). At VistaPrint.com[4] , premium business cards vary from $14.99 for 250 matte-finish cards on standard paper to $66.48 for 2,000 cards on upgraded glossy stock (about $0.04-$0.06 each); with additional charges of $3.75-$5 to upload a logo or photo, or $7.50-$15 for a foil accent.
  • Copy stores or quick print companies often offer standardized fill-in-the-details business cards or the customer can provide a business card in a computer file; costs run $20-$75 or more for 250-500 cards, with the higher costs for options such as additional ink colors, specialized or premium papers. For a more custom card from scratch, most stores provide basic business card layout and design for $25-$120 or more depending on location, the complexity of the project and the number of revisions. For example, FedEx Office[5] offers color business cards starting at $20-$30 for 250.
  • Hiring a graphic designer to create a company logo including business card design can cost $500-$2,000 for just the design. Cards with custom colors , unusual cut edges, foil accents, full-color or special colors, or premium paper at a high-end print shop starts around $100-$300 for 250-500 cards, but can go quite a bit higher depending on the complexity of the design and printing process, and the quality of materials.
Related articles: Signage, Graphic Designer

What should be included:
  • A typical business card should include an individual and company name, address, website, email address and phone number(s); they can also include a slogan or tagline.
  • Dimensions vary elsewhere, but in the United States standard business card dimensions are 3-1/2x2-inches. Although some business experts suggest varying the size to make a business card stand out, others caution that an unusual size or shape might make a card not fit in a standard Rolodex or other storage system. BusinessKnowHow.com lists common business card blunders[6] .
Shopping for business cards:
  • Watch for business cards that look good and present the right look for the company and industry; ask the people with those cards where they got them printed.
  • Printing companies like VistaPrint[7] or FedEx Office[8] have online systems that lead customers step-by-step through the process of creating and ordering business cards, either by adapting a standard layout or submitting the customer's own design file.
post E-mail post Post  
CostHelper News


Top 7 Ways to Trim Pet Expenses
Pets, for many, are part of the family; another member that needs love, feeding and treatment, just like anyone else in the household. || Posted September 18 2013


Forgotten Expenses In a Home Addition Budget
Items like construction costs, permit fees or debris removal aren't the only expenses to consider when calculating the total costs of a home remodeling project. || Posted August 5 2013

‣ All CostHelper Blog Posts


What People Are Paying - Recent Comments


 

Comment On Your Experience With Business Cards
 
Subject:  *
Amount Spent:  *
Number: Printer: 
Comments: 
Purchased:  Year: 
City:  * State:  *
 
Information about you:
Email:  * Email addresses are not displayed.
Name:  This is the name we'll display with your post.
me on this computer
*=required field.
 



External Resources:
  1.  www.avery.com/avery/en_us/Products/Cards/Business-Cards/_/Ns=Rank%7C1%7C%7CProduct%20Nu...
  2.  www.belightsoft.com/products/companion/paper/cards.php
  3.  www.printsmadeeasy.com/pricing.php
  4.  www.vistaprint.com/business-cards.aspx?txi=15627&xnid=TopNav_Premium+Business+Cards+(li...
  5.  www.fedex.com/us/office/designprint/index.html?lid=fo_dpc
  6.  www.businessknowhow.com/marketing/business-card.htm
  7.  www.vistaprint.com/category/business-cards.aspx?txi=15626&xnid=TopNav_Business+Cards&xn...
  8.  www.fedex.com/us/office/designprint/index.html?lid=fo_dpc
More Small Business Topics
Check Out All Costs for Small Business How Much Does a Point of Sale System Cost? How Much Does a Bookkeeper Cost? How Much Does a Fax Machine Cost?

Search Thousands of Topics on CostHelper.com

 
Today's Featured Cost Articles

About CostHelper
CostHelper is based in Silicon Valley and provides consumers with unbiased price information about thousands of goods and services. Our writers are experienced journalists who adhere to our strict editorial ethics policy.

CostHelper Community
Ventolin/Albuterol inhaler
Paid: 67.53
If purchased at WalMart on March 24th, 2017, the co-pay would have been 67.53; if ordered from the Humana Mail Order Pharmacy, the cost would have been $50.I could not afford it... [more]
-vineyridge
Albuterol Inhaler Cost
Lizard
Paid: 150.00
The beardie was adopted for $20.00 at a local repticon. Tank was over 30 inch long, cost less than $70-80 at Petsmart during Xmas sale. Everything else were bought online from Dr. Foster, Amazon and Chewy... [more]
-Gaga
Pet Lizard Cost
My Entertainment Company Went Above & Beyond The Call Of Duty
Paid: 2100.00
All I can say is WOW. When I hired Evan Nine Entertainment, I had no idea I was going to get so much extra for my money. His company handled The DJ/MC, Photography, Uplighting, and Wedding Officiant... [more]
-Linda Grayson
Wedding DJ Cost
TTE 93306
Paid: 1208.00
Went for echo at cardiologist's office. Hadn't met deductible and my BCBS estimate online was $408 done in doctor's office. Well, the cardiology office had been acquired by Mission Hospital so they charged their rate which was ~$1980... [more]
-C. V. Wynne, M.D.
Echocardiogram Cost
Broken drain line replacment
Paid: 7600.00
After Roto-Rooter inspected the drain line which could not get passed 35 feet from the cleanout, serviceman suggested for a new cleanout to be installed near the area where the camera could not pass, this at a cost of $1,450... [more]
-#IFEELTAKEN
Sewer Line Replacement Cost
Cost should be capped
Paid: 4550.00
In August of 2014, my husband need to be transported to the helicopter pad at the hospital and we received a bill for $4,550 and when we questioned why so much no one could provide a valid answer. The helicopter pad is less than ... [more]
-dkoz
Ambulance Cost