If you’re like me, you meet people when you travel. Whether it is aboard a plane, on a group tour or just in a café, I love to network. I find people who travel very interesting. My curiosity spans from where they have been to where they are going. I have gotten great travel advice from my seatmates on airplanes and recommendations for where to dine from someone I met on a city tour in Quito.
I used to do the whole “paper and pen” approach. Basically, this would entail me digging into my backpack or purse, ripping the corner of a paper off and scribbling down my name and email. After I co-founded Do It While You’re Young, I found myself talking about my website more and more and people were always asking me for card. The only card I had? My business card for my Human Resources job. It seemed funny giving that out so I finally decided to make my own card.
Revision one with a printer who “gives you free cards” produced a less than desirable product. They were flimsy and not very professional looking. A few months after, I met a girl in a writing class who gave me her card; and it was beautiful. I asked her where she got it from and she said a site called moo.com. I immediately checked it out and produced my own cards for a very affordable price. The quality is unmatched and I get compliments all the time from people young and old. Often times, my cards are nicer than cards issued by an actual company. That definitely makes you feel good!
So, what are you waiting for? Visit moo.com today and start printing. But, what should you include?
1) Your name is an obvious one. I put my first and last name.
2) Email is another key element. If you are reluctant to put your actual email, consider setting up a secondary account via Yahoo, Google or Hotmail, and then have that account forward to your primary mailbox.
3) Phone number is optional. I list my mobile since I use my card for business transactions too. You can always opt out of this one and then write it on the card if you choose. A good alternative is listing your Skype username.
4) Your social networking sites. These days, social media is key. I not only list my website but also links to my Facebook and Twitter pages. I know some people that keep two Facebooks accounts – one for family and friends and a second more public profile for these type of encounters.
5) Personalization. Definitely do something to make your card memorable. I have included both the DIWYY logo on my contact side but photos from my travels on the reverse. Moo.com allowed me to add up to 10 images and then my cards printed in that sequence. So now, when I pass out my cards, I ask people if they’d like a Great Wall, a Taj Mahal or a Nepalese elephant.
Written by DIWYY co-founder, Kristina Wegscheider, who is a huge fan of moo.com products.