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Yes, you still need great business cards

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Business cards are still an important networking accessory, so you’ll want to make sure yours stand out. A business card could lead to a great new job, a great business partnership or help your business make money.

Lifehacker’s Patrick Allan offers tips for building a strong business card.

• Keep it simple. Cramming a bunch of information on your business card makes it hard to use. Your name, job title, company name and a contact (email or phone) is all you really need.

• Stick to one side. People rarely look at the back of a business card, and most storage options make it difficult to see the back.

• Don’t get fancy with colors. Basic white is best since it makes it easier for people to write notes on it.

• Don’t make it an unusual size. That will make your card stand out, but it also makes it hard for people to store. Impress people with your skills and personality and let your card serve as a way to contact you later.

— Adapted from “Why Business Cards Still Matter (and How to Effectively Use Yours),” Patrick Allan, Lifehacker.

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