Business cards are easy to overlook in the digital age, but they're still an incredibly useful way to convey information when the situation arises. Unfortunately, many small business owners can't afford to hire a designer and pay a professional to print them.
As a result, today we're going to show you how to make your own business cards in Word so that you can print them at home for minimal cost.
The truth is that with social media and websites available, your business cards don't need to be anything flashy. A simple piece of card with your website, social media, and phone number is enough to get your foot in the door.
Make your own business cards in Word!
As a result, you don't really need expensive software like Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator to make your own business cards. There are various Word business card templates built straight into Microsoft's software. You can even build one from scratch pretty easily, so we'll be showing you both methods today:
How to Use a Microsoft Word Business Card Template
Business card templates for Word are available right inside the application from Microsoft's searchable online library. With a quick search you can access over 30 Microsoft Word business card templates, free of charge. Here's how:
- Open Word and click the “More templates” button on the home screen
- Type “Business Card” in the search box
- Click on a template you like in the list
We chose the “Flower personal business card” template because its succinct and easy to customize. This Microsoft Word business card template has 10 per page, which is the perfect amount for us.
- Press “Create” on the template flyout screen
- Remove the image by clicking on it and pressing your “Delete” key
- Open the “Insert” tab in your ribbon and click “Pictures > This Device…”
- Browse to your logo image and press “Insert”
- Adjust the image dimensions to fit by dragging its bounding box
- Drag over “Your Name” to highlight it and type your name
As you type, “Your Name” will be automatically replaced.
- Click and drag over your name to highlight it
- Press the font color icon in the “Home” tab and choose a shade that suits you
- Highlight the rest of the text in the template and customize it with your information
- Highlight your name text again and press the font dropdown in the home tab to modify its font
- Print and cut out your customized Word business card template
Don't forget to save the file too so that you can print more later if needed.
How to Make Business Cards in Word From Scratch
If you'd rather make a completely custom business card in Word, you can make use of the table function and some creative formatting to do so. One bonus of this method is that you'll have a well-defined border to cut around after you print them.
Here's how to do it:
- Open Word and create a new, blank document
- Open the “Layout” tab in your ribbon and press “Margins > Custom Margins…”
You'll find the “Margins” button on the far left of your ribbon.
- In the Page Setup window, click the “Margins” tab and adjust your top and bottom margins to 0.25″
Press “OK” when you're done.
- Open the “Insert” tab in your ribbon and click “Table” on the left-hand side
In the table selector, create a 2×5 grid. Click on the second square across in the fifth row down to do so.
- Highlight your new table, right-click, and modify its formatting
First, press the Center icon, underneath your font selector, then click “Table Properties..” in the context menu.
- Open the “Table” tab and click the “Center” alignment button
- Open the “Cell” tab and tick “Preferred width”, then set it to 3.25″
- Open the the “Row” tab, tick “Specify height”, and type 2″
Press “OK” when you're done adjusting the table's formatting.
- Insert a picture to your first table cell
To do so, open the “Insert” tab in your ribbon, then click “Pictures > This Device..”
- Navigate to your logo image and press “Insert”
- Click the image, then press the layout icon in its top right and select “Top and bottom”
You should also resize your image so that it fits nicely in your table's cell.
- Type your name, address, and other details underneath the logo and highlight your name
- In the “Home” ribbon tab, click the font dropdown and choose a font for your name
- Adjust the font size to 16 points
You'll find the size selector next to the font dropdown.
- Optional: change your font color
The font color button is located just underneath and look like an “A” with a line underneath.
- Highlight and edit the information under the name
- Select everything in the cell and press “Ctrl + C” on your keyboard
- Press “Ctrl + V” to paste it into the next cell
- Repeat the process for each cell
Extra: How to Merge and Split Tables and Cells
That closes this tutorial on how to make a your own business cards in Word, but you may be interested to learn what else you can do with Microsoft's processing software. Our existing tutorial will show you how to merge and split tables, which could come in handy when creating business cards.
Extra: How to Merge Word Documents
If you have some existing business cards that you'd like to merge into the same document, you can do that too. Just follow our merge Word documents guide.