February 23, 2012
What does your business card say about you? Hopefully it reflects your brand, communicates the quality of your company and makes a lasting impression.
The old adage, “You’ll never get a second chance to make a great first impression,” is accurate — especially when you’re an entrepreneur. So it’s essential to present your contact information to industry influencers and potential customers in a manner that’s consistent with your marketing message.
Small Business Product Review: This review is brought to you by UPrinting.com a California-based online printing company dedicated to helping businesses, freelance professionals and startup entrepreneurs grow by offering more customizable offset printing, digital printing and large format printing options than other online printers — making it your all in one online printer.
Affordable Custom Business Cards
The best and most affordable way to improve your business image and make a great impression is to invest in professional business cards.
A business card not only serves as a point of reference for future contact but as an advertisement also. If you’ve invested time and money into logo design make sure that the quality of your brand is carried over into your brochures, letterhead, website design, ads, social networks and your business cards.
High-quality and affordable die cut business cards can positively contribute to a client’s perception of your company. Their unique shape instantly stands out from a stack of “standard rectangle cards.”
Therefore, when you’re ready to refresh your brand image, get creative and invest in attractive and effective business cards that clients will actually love to keep and collect.
Are you looking for a reputable online printing company to help you get started? California-based UPrinting.com is a socially responsible online printing company that aims to help businesses, freelance professionals and startup entrepreneurs grow. They offer a wide variety of products including business cards and large format prints such as wall graphics, poster signs and canvas prints. Their die cut business cards are available in glossy, UV, matte or uncoated paper — with thick 14pt cardstock and seven specialty shapes to choose from including rounded corner, circular, leaf shape and more.
Can UPrinting.com’s online printing services actually help your small business? The company claims to help you easily create unique die cut business cards and deliver consistent print quality, attractive shapes and prices a budding entrepreneur or independent designer can afford.
We wanted to know — does their product live up to its claim? Is the website user-friendly? Are their online tools headache-free? And would we receive an error-free final product?
Did UPrinting.com live up to our high expectations? Absolutely. They definitely take the guesswork out of ordering unique and custom business cards.
We evaluated their claims alongside three important considerations when ordering business cards online — the complete product offering, ease of use and the level of support.
Here’s what we found:
1. Die cut Business Cards
UPrinting.com boasts a fresh selection of business card designs, an affordable design service ($30 USD) and a free easy design tool. They offer a great selection of modern business card templates, in contrast to the unattractive and generic looking templates you’ll generally find online. Their die cut business cards were just as we expected – exceptional quality and print design.
2. Ease of Use
The UPrinting.com website is aesthetically pleasing and clutter-free. Their selection is vast and the user interface is flawless – especially the easy design tool which is actually “easy to use!” The predefined layouts, stock image availability and ‘Email to a Friend,’ sharing button (for a second opinion) complete the experience. We fell in love with their 3D preview that lets you view your design from different angles.
And if you have completed artwork, we recommend their Free Project Review. This service gives you on-demand access to have your files checked, fixed and proofed, before you pay. It’s a hassle-free must-have when ordering business cards online.
3. Help and Support
Once you review order specs and complete their quick and painless registration you can select affordable shipping options and complete the transaction with ease. Their live chat support is also available for last minute questions – even at 1a in the morning when we had questions regarding our order.
Notably, the email order confirmation proactively answers frequently asked questions that we had regarding next steps. And six days later we received our new YFS Magazine die cut business cards as promised — no surprises.
The only real downside is that we didn’t find out about UPrinting.com sooner.
UPrinting.com’s base die cut business card package includes 250 cards and a broad selection of sizes and shapes starting at $46.53 USD. If you require a sleek and modern business card they offer it and much more at an attractive price.
Take UPrinting.com for a test drive and let us know what you think. Was this review helpful? Have you used web-based printing companies before to create business cards online? Let us know what you think about UPrinting.com and other online printing services you’re familiar with.