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  • Business card advice please.

    I have a small part time business with tree lopping as a core activity. I have taken a couple of photos of mate's Chug-a-Saw with a view to using the image on a business card. I thought it was a novelty fun idea but Mrs GT thinks it's un-professional and not a good look for what I do. She also thinks a card should be single sided, whereas I thought I'd have my name, contact details and an image on one side and a list of services offered on the other side. So here I am seeking wisdom and wit from the net. If you like the old saw which photo would you choose?


    What do you think?





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  • #2
    Single sided to me is very high end corporate.

    IMO the best for businesses like yours that rely on a homeowner etc, are fridge magnets.

    Give them to people and they will stay on the fridge for years, holding up bills/wedding invites, until one day they need a tree gone or whatever, and your details are right in front of them.

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    • #3
      Single or double sided comes down to how much you want to spend, and how much your business name is associated with the services you offer. If your business name has no tangible link to the services you offer, then a list of services is required. I'd suggest if you are going to list your services, then a double sided card is easier, rather than packing it all together on a single side.
      In terms of whether that is a suitable photo/image, that is entirely up to how you want to portray the business. Of the two offered, I think the bottom one is better.
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      • #4
        The old saw doesn't tell me anything about your business. It also looks kinda gristly and dirty, and unless that's how you want to be portrayed, maybe take to it with several sea containers of degreaser and steel wool first.

        Double or single sided doesn't really matter (it's usually down to wank), unless you've got too much stuff to fit on one side (in which case you've put too much on your business card).

        One side will fit:
        1. the service you provide
        2. your business name
        3. your name
        4. your contact details.

        That is all you need.

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        • #5
          Single sided with the right cardboard is good for writing notes on.
          The crux of the biscuit is the apostrophe.

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          • #6
            Were you going to use that exact photo? Stock photo might be nicer. A picture of a tree might be nicer than that.

            It looks a little bit like something out of a horror movie. Sorry (trying to be helpful)..

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            • #7
              On a side note - change "Tree Lopping" to "Tree Maintenance" or "Tree Services". In the horticulture industry, lopping is what unprofessional people do with no regard to the long term health of a tree. It looks better when written down too, and people will still know the services you provide.
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              • #8
                I prefer one-sided to look professional. The only two-sided ones I've seen are for a second language. Maybe a 2D barcode to the website on the back?

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                There are some very dodgy tree services around, make sure yours doesn't look like one. ABN doesn't mean much, insurance does and professional membership.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Ryanoceros View Post
                  On a side note - change "Tree Lopping" to "Tree Maintenance" or "Tree Services". In the horticulture industry, lopping is what unprofessional people do with no regard to the long term health of a tree. It looks better when written down too, and people will still know the services you provide.

                  Following on from this, be sure to refer to yourself as a 'tree surgeon'.

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                  • #10
                    How about 'rocket tree surgeon'?
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                    • #11
                      Make sure your title is "Branch Manager".

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                      • #12
                        I agree with others, the general public won't appreciate the oldness factor of the chainsaw, and it does kind of look a bit freaky (Think Texas chainsaw massacre).

                        It depends how you want to be portrayed, but I'd go with a modern stock image along these lines:
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                        • #13
                          As above, just about perfect IMHO!

                          Our tree guy is a specialist climber, therefor he uses a pic of himself up a tree, actually out on a limb (tethered of course), but you can see from his card that he's up for some pretty radical tree work!! He doesn't need anymore than his business name and contact number on his card with his pic!!

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                          • #14
                            I like one sided so when the customer asks for a "ballpark" figure that "I will not keep you to" written on the card I can write "Under $1,000,000" on the back.
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                            • #15
                              +1 for room to write on the reverse.

                              All manner of notes fit there.

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