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Best Business Card Printing

by Andreas RiveraLast Modified: June 29, 2018

Business Card Printing Review: Make a Lasting Impression

Compare the best online business card printing services and learn how your business can stand out with an innovative design and an impressive finish.

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Why Use Online Business Card Printing?

While everything is going digital these days, a good business card is still a viable way to get your business noticed. The more flashy, innovative and creative your card, the less likely it is to be tossed into the proverbial pile of business cards and forgotten. While there are many business card printing services to choose from, the companies we reviewed stand out with their large selection of design tools, superior quality, and various printing and finishing options that help you create a custom business card that stands out from the rest.

While both offset printing and digital printing create quality products, a good rule of thumb to remember is that offset printing is preferable for specialty colors and for applying certain finishes, such as gloss and ultraviolet (UV) varnishes. Digital printing is a good option for small projects.

Using an online design tool, you can either create your own business card designs, use a pre-designed business card template or choose from a variety of themed business cards to use as your own. After you have created a card that represents your business, you can view a proof of what the finalized cards will look like and then order them from the printer. Each service offers a variety of paper types, finishes and printing options.

Business Card Printing: What We Evaluated, What We Found

When choosing an online business card printing service, consider the service's printing process, design tools and selection. These features greatly influence the quality of both the service and the product you will receive.

Print Quality
For our evaluation, we compared sample business cards from each of the services on our lineup, noting the quality of the ink, paper strength, finish and selection available from each company.

All of the companies sent a variety of business cards, ranging in paper type, weight and finish. Some even sent samples of other print materials. We evaluated a standard cardstock business card with a high-gloss finish. We assessed the ink quality of those cards, awarding business cards with deep and vivid colors a higher score.

The best business cards have finishes that make them stand out, such as gloss, UV spot finishing and foil stamping. We looked at a standard business card printed on 14-point cardstock with gloss coating and awarded the services that offered the most durable, shiny and high-quality images a higher print-quality score.

While our top-rated business card services offered the best quality, the difference in the quality of the ink, paper or finish from one company to the next was minimal.

Quality of Service
To determine our overall quality of service score, we evaluated how easy it was to navigate the company's website, the online design tools it offers as well as customer service before, during and after our cards were shipped.

Most of the websites are easy to navigate and offer several business card designs you can browse through. However, we found that some services do not display any designs on their website. Instead, you have to open the design tool and browse through stock images or designs to see what types of business cards you can create. These services also typically charge an additional fee to use those designs and stock images.

Each service has an online design tool you can use to either design your own business card or personalize a pre-existing one. However, our top-rated business card services, such as GotPrint, offer superior design tools with advanced features that help you make high-quality business cards.

If you prefer using your own design program, each of the business card services on our lineup give you the option of uploading your finished project for printing. Each service has its own file formats it accepts. These requirements can be found on our matrix, on the service's website or by contacting its support personnel.

When reviewing online business card companies, we considered the turnaround time, or how long it takes for your cards to arrive after you place your order. Most companies offer a 24-hour turnaround time for rush orders. However, orders generally take a few days to ensure every detail of your card is perfect before it goes to press.

We awarded companies that sent confirmation emails about our order and shipping details a higher score, since this was not standard. There were several companies we had to contact for updates about our order since they did not send out confirmation or shipping emails. Some orders took several weeks to arrive.

Our hands-on testing is designed to simulate typical, real-world experiences with business card printing services. For our tests, we evaluated the sample business cards each company offers and used the design tool to customize others. The companies had no input on our testing methodology, and our rankings are not shared with them prior to publication.

What Else Is Important in Selecting a Business Card Printing Service?

In addition to the quality of the service, the final product and the turnaround time, you should consider the selection of cards each service offers. While some companies offer cards with vivid colors, it's not enough to compensate if they do not offer a variety of paper types, shapes, finishes or card features.

Selection
We looked at the selection each service offers, including paper type, finishes, shapes, paper weight and whether the service offers specialty cards. With most services, you can choose from a variety of materials – linen, cardstock, magnet and plastic. Some online business card companies, specifically MOO, have custom services to print on specialty materials, such as metal and even food items.

Finishing Options
While the type of material you print your business card onto makes a big difference in distinguishing your card from the mundane, each service also offers finishes you can apply to your card to help it stand out. We found that spot UV coating helped emphasize logos and made the business cards pop. Our award-winning services, as well as MOO and Vistaprint, offer several finishing options to bring your designs to life.

Paper Weight
Business cards need to hold up to everyday wear and tear. Lighter-weight cardstocks can be flimsy and fall apart easily. Using a heavier cardstock not only makes your business cards more durable, it sets them apart from the standard card. The best business card services give you several weights you can choose from. In addition, they offer specialty shapes so you can create round, square and oval business cards.

Our Verdict & Recommendations

We found minimal differences between the quality of the business cards we reviewed. However, there was a significant disparity in the usability of the design tools, card selection and customer service between the best business card printing services and average services.

Elite Flyers exceeds other printing services both in the quality of business cards it offers and its customer service. It offers a wide selection of paper types and finishes to make your business card stand out. It has an easy-to-use design tool so you can either create your own design or customize a pre-designed template. We found the service not only processed and shipped our order quickly, but they were helpful with any questions we had.

Jukebox Print and 4Over4 offer a large selection of high-quality business cards. You can select from a variety of paper types, finishes and even specialty shapes to help you create a unique business card. Both services' design tools are easy to use and allow for advanced customization.

GotPrint serves as an affordable option. Not only is this service more affordable than all of the other printing services, it offers a good selection of paper types, finishes and shapes. We found the service offers high-quality prints and helpful customer service.

Common Business Card Printing Questions & Answers

Have a business card printing question of your own?

When I was starting up my business I invested a bit of money with a graphic designer to create my logo and some graphics elements that I used for both my business cards and website. Then, for my business cards, I printed them using Vista Print but with my custom graphics (cost is reasonable and I was able to create the business card myself quite easily, even though I'm not a designer). I'd say it depends on your what your business is, but for me, as a marketing and PR agency, the investment in...

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Definitely not due to limited space and the fact the flavor of the month in social media is subject to change very quickly. Notwithstanding their business is not in the business of promoting social media icons or brands either. Have all the necessary links on their website, which should be more than enough, unless there isn't a website and they just have a FB business page for example.

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I look for relationship, reliability, flexibility, and timeliness to delivery - long before price. Cheapest price does not always mean business. What are your core values, what is important to you to provide to your customers, etc...I ask this because, for example...as a consultant, coach - with tons of us out there, I could deliver on my core values and go inexpensive..but that is devaluing my work, and customers will see that - therefore it works against me - it certainly doesn't work for...

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In my opinion, I don't think it's necessary to change your headshot unless people are no longer able to recognize you from the photo. I would consider a professional photo - that aligns with your brand image. And, as always, continue to update your social media posts with valuable and interesting content. This is another way to introduce additional and more creative professional images - as time goes by. Including presentations, videos and webinars to your posts and newsletters are other...

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Business cards are not noticed, they are presented. A business card is not a business generation device. It can provide the ability to remind someone about you and your product or service but it will not in and of itself bring you business. If yo could find a way to get your business card into the hands of a large number of your ideal clients and the had to make a decision on services like you offer it is still probable that they would want to know more about you. So build a web site that...

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Map

Elite Flyers
407 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, FL
Elite Flyers
123Print
12750 Merit Drive
Dallas, TX
123Print
MOO
14 Blackstone Valley Place
Lincoln, RI
MOO
48Hour Print
8000 Haskell Ave
Van Nuys, CA
48Hour Print
4Over4
19-41 46thStreet
Long Island City, NY
4Over4
GotPrint
1001 S Nolen Drive
Grapevine, TX
GotPrint
Jukebox Print
150 W 28thStreet
New York, NY
Jukebox Print
PrintRunner
8000 Haskell Ave
Van Nuys, CA
PrintRunner
UPrinting
8000 Haskell Ave
Van Nuys, CA
UPrinting
Vistaprint
95 Hayden Ave
Lexington, MA
Vistaprint

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Andreas Rivera
Andreas Rivera graduated from the University of Utah with a B.A. in Mass Communication and is now a staff writer for Business.com and Business News Daily. His background in journalism brings a critical eye to his reviews and features, helping business leaders make the best decisions for their companies.

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