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Business cards for translators
Thread poster: Anna Strowe
Anna Strowe
Local time: 00:55
Italian to English
Feb 20, 2007

Hi everyone. I have two questions, because I'm thinking of making up some business cards.

Do you have business cards? What information have you included on them?

Thanks!


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Andrea Lorca  Identity Verified
Chile
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Member (2004)
English to Spanish
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business card Feb 20, 2007

Hello Anna
I don't have a business card because I depend mostly on internet and email contact, but I am thinking to have one in the near future. However, other translators I know do have business card and they usually include the languages they translate, phone, email and website (if they have one) and maybe a short promotion line.

Best regards

Andrea


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Juan Jacob  Identity Verified
Mexico
Local time: 23:55
French to Spanish
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Cards Feb 20, 2007

1.- Yes.
2.- My logo (some kind of piece of a 35 mm. movie)

JuanJacob
Translation/Subtitling

Juan Jacob Vilalta
Gerente General

Sócrates 109
Col. Polanco
México, D.F.

Office: (005255) 53 95 47 14
Cel.: (044 55) 19 10 75 67
juja56@hotmail.com
jjts2005@yahoo.com

That's it.


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Herminia Herrándiz Espuny  Identity Verified
Spain
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English to Spanish
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Mine Feb 20, 2007

Here is mine:

http://sp7.fotologs.net/photo/55/16/121/kiradenea/1156598470_f.jpg

It includes:

Name, address, telephone, mobile telephone, languages, email and, most important of all, my website, since my name is not an easy one I thought it would be easier to remember an easy website name, so that's the focus of my business card, the website Besides, people can find more detailed information on the website, so even if they do not remember my name, they do remember the website Ah! Marketing issue: the bussiness card matches the website color.

regards,

Herminia


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biankonera  Identity Verified
Latvia
Local time: 07:55
Italian to Latvian
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business cards Feb 20, 2007

In my business cards Ive included my name, that Im a translator, my languages, phone number, email address and a small design element to show off my creative side (originality in this element also helps to catch the attention and be remembered).:)

It also helps if you are able to create the design yourself - saves money for having to pay other people do it for you and trouble explaining them what is it that you really want.

Stella


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Liliana Roman-Hamilton  Identity Verified
Local time: 21:55
English to Italian
A couple of hints Feb 20, 2007

Hi Anna,
If you are thinking of getting some business cards try Vistaprint. You can get a set of about 250 for free (you pay s&h) and there are some neat templates to use. My colleague gave it a try and they look really nice (I'm actually thinking of getting some myself). www.vistaprint.com

I also like Colorful Images even if their templates are a bit too informal. www.colorfulimages.com

Note: FYI, I am in no way associated to any of the 2 companies above.


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nordiste  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 06:55
English to French
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give it a try ! Feb 20, 2007

Liliana Roman-Hamilton wrote:

Hi Anna,
If you are thinking of getting some business cards try Vistaprint. You can get a set of about 250 for free (you pay s&h) and there are some neat templates to use. My colleague gave it a try and they look really nice (I'm actually thinking of getting some myself). www.vistaprint.com

I also like Colorful Images even if their templates are a bit too informal. www.colorfulimages.com

Note: FYI, I am in no way associated to any of the 2 companies above.


I am a fan of vistaprint ; you can also upload your own template with pictures & logo & whatever you like, for extra 4.99 euros , which is really cheap. The result is brillant !


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Nicholas Ferreira  Identity Verified
Canada
Local time: 00:55
Spanish to English
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Ditto on VistaPrint Feb 20, 2007

Liliana Roman-Hamilton wrote:

Hi Anna,
If you are thinking of getting some business cards try Vistaprint. You can get a set of about 250 for free (you pay s&h) and there are some neat templates to use. My colleague gave it a try and they look really nice (I'm actually thinking of getting some myself). www.vistaprint.com


I was wary when I got the offer from VistaPrint for 250 business cards free (just $9 S&H), and was looking for the gimmick, but there was none. All-in-all a good deal, and the cards look nice and are easy to design with the templates.

In addition to my languages (English, Spanish, French, Latin) I put Translator & Interpreter. Then I have my contact info, including the URL of my ProZ.com profile.

Since direct contacts are often found by word-of-mouth, business cards are a great tool to open new doors.


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solange trad
Portuguese
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vistaprint not necessarily a good choice Feb 20, 2007

My two cents.

If you google the words 'vistaprint' and 'scam' there are some interesting things to read.

Whether or not the company and forms of payment are legitimate or not, you should analyse whether Vistaprint cards are right for your needs - Do you want a thin kind of card with 'get free cards from vistaprint' printed on the back of a card you use to try to get clients for professional services?

Using vistaprint for design and printing is the equivalent of someone who doesn't know about translation ordering from a cheap translation agency found on the internet, based on the thought that 'it must be good cos it's cheap and oh so fast, and they have a zillion languages listed, so they must know what they are doing.'

Better to pay a freelance professional designer and printer to portray exactly the image you want for your business.

In answer to your question about what info should be on cards:

name, contact details, website.


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William [Bill] Gray  Identity Verified
Norway
Local time: 06:55
Member (2006)
English
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Vistaprint.com has Kudos... ;-) Feb 20, 2007

nordiste wrote:

Liliana Roman-Hamilton wrote:

Hi Anna,
If you are thinking of getting some business cards try Vistaprint. You can get a set of about 250 for free (you pay s&h) and there are some neat templates to use. My colleague gave it a try and they look really nice (I'm actually thinking of getting some myself). www.vistaprint.com

I also like Colorful Images even if their templates are a bit too informal. www.colorfulimages.com

Note: FYI, I am in no way associated to any of the 2 companies above.


I am a fan of vistaprint ; you can also upload your own template with pictures & logo & whatever you like, for extra 4.99 euros , which is really cheap. The result is brillant !


I too am a great fan of Vistaprint, and I have just recently begun to use their fairly inexpensive, but very nice, calendars as small gifts for more regular and preferred clients. You can't go wrong with 250 free cards (pay postage and handling), even if you do make a mistake in what you include the first time round!! Go for it, give them away, give them to friends and family. On day your boat will come home.

I believe ProZ.com and Vistaprint.com are a perfect match. Here's to the continuing success of both!!

Bill


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Natasha Dupuy  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 06:55
French to English
Double-sided Feb 20, 2007

I have a double-sided business card, so one side is printed in French and the other in English. Each side has the same design but uses a different colour scheme and the colours are the same as those used on my website.
Info included: my name, the main services I provide, a tagline, website address, phone number and email address.

Something worth noting about the free Vistaprint cards: they have a line of advertising on the back. Something like "Business cards are free on www.vistaprint.com".


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Steven Sidore  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 06:55
Member (2003)
German to English
'free' Vistaprint has a catch Feb 20, 2007

Not so fast... the free vistaprint cards have an important drawback, namely they are printed with an ad for vistaprint on the back. Perhaps that's fine for you, but I found it created anything but a professional atmosphere.

You can get vistaprint to leave the back blank, but it'll cost you (10 euros, I think). For my 'real' business cards I just went to a local print shop and paid to get cards made, they look better than the Vistaprint ones in the end anyway.

I did use Vistaprint for holiday cards, though, they did a fine job on those. And return address labels, come to think of it. Just the business cards weren't up to snuff.

[Edited at 2007-02-20 20:28]


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Maciek Drobka  Identity Verified
Poland
Local time: 06:55
Member (2006)
English to Polish
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Double-sided, but in a different way Feb 20, 2007

Hi,

I also have a double-sided BC, but it's not along the bilingual lines mentioned above.

The front side includes my logo, tagline, name, language pair, and contact data.

The back side has two columns, one listing my specialisations, and the other listing main text types I can do.

Maciek


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Adam Burman  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 05:55
Spanish to English
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Vista Print Feb 20, 2007

Like many others here, I chose Vistaprint. My cards are double-sided and do not have any Vistaprint advertising on the back (I vaguely remember having to pay slightly more for this but unsure). Instead, I have the title repeated from the front and my ProZ profile link. I must admit, it took me a couple of failed attempts to get them to look just how I wanted.

I wasn't that sure about using Vistaprint at first - nowadays I am so skeptical about internet sites offering special offers, freebies etc. Overall, however, I am pleased with their service and the quality of the cards.

I received a package from Amazon (UK) today which included flyers for Vista. This was a good reminder that I need to order some more - no problem with the old business cards, I have just recently changed address. Apparently, if I act quick I can get a rubber stamp with my address on it!!! Little things I suppose!


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Liliana Roman-Hamilton  Identity Verified
Local time: 21:55
English to Italian
Vista Print Feb 20, 2007

I agree with Steven: if you use the free-250-card option they put their website on the back of your cards, so it's up to you to decide if you're willing to have that line showing on the back of your cards. Yet if you choose the regular option (you pay an X amount for an X quanity of cards), their link shouldn't be added.
I must say the card doesn't look cheap at all, the only thing that I might say looks different is that it's a tad smaller than normal business cards, but just a bit.

Another alternative: try www.thermo-craft.com and www.gotprint.com
I received a sample pack from them and the cards are really cute, lots of templates and fonts.




[Edited at 2007-02-20 23:33

[Edited at 2007-02-20 23:38]


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