Because we lived an hour away from each other, she kept a box at her house with notes, patterns, and scraps of fabric. Going through it, I found she had kept my very first business card. I looked at it and it made me think about how much things have changed through the years. Back when I first started, you had to pay a small fortune to have anything printed in color. Ink, graphics, and paper choices were limited. I would have been over the moon to have the options available today to the small (micro, in my case) business owner. Now not only do we have the option of color, but we can have our own designs, various fonts, and multiple photos - on both sides of a business card if we so choose.
This was my first business card sometime in the mid to late 80’s. Colored and textured paper was a luxury, but I could only afford black ink.
This next one was before I had an email address or a website – probably sometime in the early 90’s. A nice card but still using only black ink.
I started my website in 1996 so this card has that listed. This is a relatively recent card I printed at home. Technology allowed me to use some color and only print what I needed rather than committing to hundreds of cards that I might need to change.
2009 – Now look at the options: small runs, two-sided printing, multiple photos and beautiful color. I would have loved to have had these choices available to me twenty-five years ago!
This is the front side, or maybe it's the back, of these most recent business cards.