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Do you have the problem I have? Keeping all those business cards in some kind of order?  Here is my solution. First put the information in your data base/phone directory or whatever. Next take the first 12, set them on the glass of your printer with space at the bottom of each. There is room for more than 12, but 12 will allow for space at the bottom of each. Next make a copy of those on one sheet of paper. Take that sheet and put a page number on it and insert it into a plastic page protector.  Insert that page into your 'business card' notebook.  Take the business cards and 1) put them into a drawer, or 2) dispose of them!  Now in you data base, make a column that indicates the page that the business card is on. You might even put the 'business' related to that person in your data base, phone number, or whatever you wish to make it useable.

What have you gained?  Well, first of all, you don't have to shuffle business cards anymore looking for 'that one'.

Second, you can alphabetically list by name all those business cards and you can even group by business.

Third, you have room below the picture to make notes for future reference.

Fouth, in many cased, you have a picture of that person, in case you do call and need to refresh your memory.

Fifth, you don't need to buy those expensive business card holder plastice sleeves, that still you would have to search through to find 'that one'!

By putting the page number on, you don't have to alphabetize your stack each time you get a new card.


Best of all???  You are more organized, and as I am a 'z' personality,  I need all the help I can get.


Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

great idea...less clutter more organizzzzzzzzzzzzzzzation...way to go !

Jun 27, 2010 01:59 AM
Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News

You could also scan them right into your database with a number of small personal business card scanners.  Then they are on line for you to see instantly and you don't need to keep a paper file.

Jun 27, 2010 02:04 AM
Bill Travis
Captain Bill Realty, LLC - Gilbert, AZ

James I like your suggestions. My collection goes into a stack in my drawer and I sift through them when trying to locate someone. I like Cindy's suggestion of scanning the cards. I believe they will also sort them for you now.

Jun 27, 2010 02:09 AM
Charles Edwards Bentonville
Coldwell Banker Harris McHaney & Faucette 479-253-3796 - Bentonville, AR
AR REALTOR, Bentonville Real Estate Agent and Broker

James, Good idea. I have a app on my smart phone called cam card. You just take a pic with the phone and the app files the info. I can input up to 1000 cards. The app costs $9.99

Jun 27, 2010 02:12 AM
Fernando Herboso - Associate Broker MD, & VA
Maxus Realty Group of Samson Properties - Clarksburg, MD
301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA

There is a machine that actually does this for you, (I saw a demonstration). . you put the card in and it puts it in your computer neatly organized in a program..  . . google it

Jun 27, 2010 02:26 AM
Ryan Smith
Keller Williams Energy Real Estate Brokerage - Pickering, ON

Good Idea. I like to keep them around though in case I need to pass on their card to a client.

Jun 27, 2010 03:25 AM