Printing Business Cards Online

Posted by: Matt Geer on Jul. 6th, 2011
Printing Online

A popular option for having business cards printed is to have it done by an online printing press. The printing press will print the cards for you according to your instructions and mail them to you within 8-12 days. This is a popular option due to the convenience, reasonable prices and professional, final outcome.

In this article I will explain the pros and cons of having your business cards printed online, as well as some tips to help you quickly find the best online print shop.

Benefits to Printing Your Cards Online

I think that printing your business cards online is the best all around option. Here are a few reasons why:

  • Convenience: You don’t have to leave your house to order custom business cards. Depending on the complexity of your order you can have your business card uploaded and in the system in as little as 5 minutes. Mike shows you how to do this in each of our print shop reviews.
  • Quality: These are high quality business cards, especially when compared to other options such as printing the cards off at home. The best online print shops offer a selection of thick card stocks, can consistently match the colors of your original design, the print is properly aligned and the cards are shipped without damage. It’s a shock that this isn’t “standard.”
  • Custom options: Online printing offers the most custom options, such as metal or plastic cards, raised print, die-cuts, rounded corners, etc. The reason why you’ll find more options online is that these businesses don’t need a shop front. Brick and mortar businesses do, and they can only fit so many tools in their building. This can limit what they offer to the public.
  • Price: For the quality the price is very reasonable, especially if you compare the costs to printing the cards yourself. You can get a pack of 160 blank cards for $18, but then you need to add in your time and ink. You can get 50 cards online for $25, and as mentioned above, they’re higher quality.

Downside to Printing Your Cards Online

There are a few downsides to printing your cards online:

  • No test runs: You don’t get to test print your card to see how it’ll turn out. You just have to submit your design and hope for the best. This can be frustrating when you wait for 7-12 days, only to find that the cards aren’t up to your standards.
  • Uploading files: If it’s your first time, or if you’re business card illiterate, uploading your own files can be a pain without having to deal with support.

Tips for Finding the Best Online Print Shop

Finding the best online print shop to work with doesn’t need to be an overwhelming process. Follow these tips and find a shop fast.

  • Look at the card stock. We recommend using a 12pt or higher card stock. You can automatically discard any site that doesn’t offer a 12pt or thicker, if that’s what you prefer.
  • Read testimonials and reviews. We’ve already reviewed the major online print shops – but don’t only take our word for it. Thousands of others have also used these services and left feedback. Read a handful of reviews (negative and positive) on each shop and use that to pinpoint the best site to print cards.
  • Compare prices. What you’ll quickly find is that there is no ‘standard’ for pricing. You can find 250 cards for $30 and then you’ll look somewhere else and see 200 cards for $80. So be sure to do your homework. You might be surprised at how much you can avoid spending with a little due diligence.

Summary: Should You Print Your Business Cards Online?

Definitely; I would go this route 9/10 times. While having to deal with customer support, uploading files or long delivery times sucks, you can’t beat the convenience of being able to order your cards in 5 to 10 minutes, at this quality level and price.