Where to scatter business cards

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Some examples of where I distribute my business cards to get non-loan work.

I keep a dozen business cards on me at all times. You never know who you will encounter.

I received a call from an accountant's office yesterday. The secretary asked if I would send her a stack of business cards. This gal heard about me from one of their clients who was happy to have found me. I mailed 50 cards to the office today. (I had given my client several cards and they passed one along to the accountant.)

An intern at a law office called me today for advice in handling a tricky situation for a distant client in Seattle. She needed a notary in Seattle (2 hours away from me) but I helped her by telling her how to handle her paperwork and found the names and phone numbers of 2 notaries for her. She was grateful for the help. That law office is north of me and I am north of Seattle. I asked if I could mail some business cards to her. Those cards go out in tomorrow's mail.

I have been referring clients to the local Mom and Pop stationery store downtown for years via phone and via my website.  They sell legal forms quite cheap that are compliant with my state's laws and regulations.  This stationery store is happy to provide my business cards on top of the file cabinet that holds their forms.

A few days ago I dropped off 50 cards to a UPS store in town that sends me lots of work. Their notary is not in on the weekends. Plus she hates long appointments (like Wills) and doesn't know how to handle more than the simplest of notary tasks.

I also routinely drop off cards to FedEx and the banks downtown. Banks in my town no longer provide notary services for documents not created by them. The notaries in the banks hate saying "no" to a customer without handing them one of my cards. Sweet.

Good luck to you,
Laura Vestanen



Sean Allen
International Financing Solutions - Fort Myers, FL
International Financing Solutions

Any opportunity to hand out a business card is a good opportunity.

Sean Allen

Feb 22, 2008 09:13 AM
Rick Callaham
Team Quintana Real Estate - Spokane, WA
Spokane Realtor
Yes it's key to create an outlet vs. handing out a card.
Feb 22, 2008 09:16 AM
Rian Muleback
Encore Realty - Gresham, OR
Gresham Oregon Real Estate
Glad to hear things are going so well for you.  Business cards are a great way to get your name out there.  I try to hand them out at any opportunity I get.  Enjoy your day.
Feb 22, 2008 09:28 AM
Joan Bergstrom
Joan Bergstrom Mobile Notary - Riverside, CA
Mobile Notary, Riverside CA

A very good website to learn about business cards:

This website has great free tutorials on passing out business cards, what you want to accomplish with your business cards and bunch of other helpful hints.

I completely changed my business card after viewing their website and my marketing plans.

However I buy my cards from because they cost less.


Feb 24, 2008 02:50 PM
Duane Hosek
Coldwell Banker - Lewis-Kirkeby-Hall - Rapid City, SD

Great ideas..........Thanks.

Duane Hosek in the Black Hills of South Dakota and Ellsworth AFB.

Mar 02, 2008 01:14 PM
Joan Bergstrom
Joan Bergstrom Mobile Notary - Riverside, CA
Mobile Notary, Riverside CA

This website always has great offers. Anyone have some other good business cards/or advertising and promotional websites?

Mar 18, 2008 04:32 PM
Pamela Knight
Urban Knight Enterprises, Inc. - Phoenixville, PA
Thanks for sharing....great advice!
Mar 25, 2008 07:26 AM