20 Inspired Business-Card Designs to Better Market Your Startup

They may seem like relics or leftovers from past generations that didn't give two figs about the environment or modern business practices. But business cards are not only still used, they're also useful.

They can serve as a new contact or client's first look at your company, as well as a reminder that stays with them long after you’ve left the building. Yet amid the rush to brand a business in more sophisticated ways, entrepreneurs often neglect this elemental tool.

If you're nervous about harming the environment, you can use recycled paper. Or, you can be like Scott Hamlin, the founder of the innovative Portland, Ore., upcycling company Looptworks, who reuses old cards by stamping his company's logo and contact information on the back.

Either way, don't forego this inexpensive opportunity to brand both your business and yourself. For business-card design ideas, we pulled together 20 cards that stood out among the fray, along with reasons why they work or not.

What have you done to jazz up your business cards? Let us know in the comments section below.

20 Inspired Business-Card Designs to Better Market Your Startup

1. 1. Mark Zuckerberg


While this technique might be effective and considered funny for a famous young billionaire, such brashness isn't recommended for the entrepreneur that hasn't made it yet.

20 Inspired Business-Card Designs to Better Market Your Startup

2. 2. Warren Buffet


You don't need to say very much when your company's stock price is well-north of $100,000 per share.

20 Inspired Business-Card Designs to Better Market Your Startup

3. 3. Richard Nixon


If you're famous, or like to think you are, try an autograph. The personal touch goes a long way.

20 Inspired Business-Card Designs to Better Market Your Startup

4. 4. Clark & Kent Advertising


When you have a Super (Man) name, why not have fun with it? This card pops up into a phone booth. It is perfect for changing into your game face.

20 Inspired Business-Card Designs to Better Market Your Startup

5. 5. Victoria Vaughan


This card is bloody memorable. The designer is passionate about her work and has obviously poured blood, sweat and tears into making it great.

20 Inspired Business-Card Designs to Better Market Your Startup

6. 6. Divorce Attorney James A.W. McMahon


Divorce isn't necessarily a laughing matter but this card is. Both sides provide all the contact information in case it's Splitsville.

20 Inspired Business-Card Designs to Better Market Your Startup

7. 7. Broke Bike Alley


Informative and practical. This card does it all.

20 Inspired Business-Card Designs to Better Market Your Startup

8. 8. Google Me


This clever take on Google's search functions will have people searching you out. However, we aren't sure how Google feels about other businesses cashing in on their brand identity.

20 Inspired Business-Card Designs to Better Market Your Startup

9. 9. Mogloo


Who doesn't like a funny guy with a beard that turns into a box? It's easy to display.

20 Inspired Business-Card Designs to Better Market Your Startup

10. 10. The Stylist


The comb says almost all you need to know about this business.

20 Inspired Business-Card Designs to Better Market Your Startup

11. Cafe Java


Show, don't tell.

20 Inspired Business-Card Designs to Better Market Your Startup

12. 12. Stand at Attention


Make yourself standout and up.

20 Inspired Business-Card Designs to Better Market Your Startup

13. 13. Blankedy Blank


When you have an interesting name, flaunt it.

20 Inspired Business-Card Designs to Better Market Your Startup

14. 14. Pop Up Guy


Some entrepreneurs just know how to get people's attention.

20 Inspired Business-Card Designs to Better Market Your Startup

15. 15. Dog Tags


Whether they wear them or put them on a desk, dog tags work on several levels.

20 Inspired Business-Card Designs to Better Market Your Startup

16. 16. Software Wizard


Too often, entrepreneurs get hung-up on titles. Have fun with your organization's titles and its business cards.

20 Inspired Business-Card Designs to Better Market Your Startup

17. 17. Let Them Hear It


A great card is a reflection of your business and you. If your thing is music, let it be heard.

20 Inspired Business-Card Designs to Better Market Your Startup

18. 18. Mind and Body Spirit


Mais Pilates wants to "wake up your body" as well as your mind with this original business card.

20 Inspired Business-Card Designs to Better Market Your Startup

19. 19. Get Credit


The Credit Counseling Society aims to cut your credit debt in half.

20 Inspired Business-Card Designs to Better Market Your Startup

20. 20. Full House


Getting playful with some playing cards is a fun way to introduce yourself.

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