Business Cards

Business cards are business documents that identify your personality as an individual or a representative of a company. They contain basic information about you and transfer it to partners and customers. Usually business cards are exchanged during business meetings and negations to make communication process easier.

There are over 250 business cards templates, styles and types, sizes, materials, ways to create custom business cards and printing methods. As MakeBadge business card maker helps design all sorts of business cards for you, we’ve collected recommendations to obtain best free business cards.

Business Cards Types

Business card is one of the most common business instruments which design and content have clear standards and specifications. Traditionally business cards include the following information about its owner: a name, an address, a job title, a phone number, an email address, a website, a photo or a company logo.

Besides, business card may bear data on the back side; these business cards are called double-sided business cards. At the moment our online business card creator enables to print only one side business cards.

As a rule, businessman print full-color business cards on a high quality paper using either digital copiers or offset printing presses. However, both methods are quite expensive. Thanks to MakeBadge free business card maker anyone affords to print unlimited number of full-color custom business cards on own home or business printer.

Business Card Specifications and Sizes

Business cards vary by:

  • purpose;
  • design;
  • material;
  • level of personalization;
  • functionality;

Depending on purpose, business cards may have different designs even if they belong to one holder. For example, a businessman may share various cards with partners and customers. Or he/she may design special business cards for an important event such as a convention, an exhibition or an international meeting. These personalized cards may include more details, unique design, an extended company/ services description or dedicated contact info.

As for design, there are more 1000 free business cards templates on the web. MakeBadge has all popular business cards templates for your convenience. Most common business cards are rectangular full color business cards or black and white business cards. Business cards sizes differ from country to country.

The table below shows most popular business card sizes worldwide:

Country/Standard Sizes (mm) Sizes (in) Aspect ratio
Canada, United States 88.9 × 50.8 3.5 × 2 1.75
Ireland, Italy, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Austria, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, Belgium, Slovenia 85 × 55 3.346 × 2.165 1.545
Sri Lanka, Argentina, Brazil, Czech Republic, Croatia, Finland, Hungary, Israel, Kazakhstan, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Montenegro, Slovakia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Bulgaria, Latvia, Mexico and South Africa 90 × 50 3.543 × 1.968 1.8
Australia, Denmark, New Zealand, Norway, Taiwan, Sweden,Vietnam,India,Colombia 90 × 55 3.54 × 2.165 1.636
Hong Kong, China, Singapore 90 × 54 3.543 × 2.125 1.667
Japan 91 × 55 3.582 × 2.165 1.655
ISO 216, A8 sized 74 × 52 2.913 × 2.047 1.423
ISO/IEC 7810 ID-1, credit card sized 85.60 × 53.98 3.370 × 2.125 1.586

In MakeBadge business card creator select a business card template in the upper toolbar, so you can see a drop-down menu with common business card sizes. Plus, you can always fine-tune your business card size stretching or enlarging it with the help of your mouse.

In spite of common paper-printed business cards, the cards are sometimes printed on metal, plastic, leather and other materials. If a business card is printed on paper, it may be laminated or placed in a folder.

Among other business insignia like name badges, button badges, name tags that MakeBadge enables you to create, business cards rarely stands by the high level of personalization. Each business card template may be customized. But employees’ business cards seek to have unified look and style so each card displays his/her membership of a company. However, if a business card belongs to the head of a small business, a freelancer, an artist or an independent worker, here we can see samples of creative business cards. MakeBadge is suitable business card software for both purposes: free standard business cards and creative business cards design and printing according to your needs.

Are you ready to create your personal business cards? Look at our guide on how to make business cards and try MakeBadge business card creator!

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Business Cards updated: November 12, 2015 by: anna