When you hand a potential client your business card, you want them to remember you in a good way. A new survey asked people what they like and hate to see on business cards.

In general, you should have a card that is unique and memorable without going overboard. Here are the biggest mistakes people make when designing their business cards:

  1. Using a goofy font. Sure it makes your card look different, but it also tends to look unprofessional.
  2. Choosing a non-standard size or shape. Smaller than standard cards are too easy to lose and bigger cards won't fit in wallets.
  3. Missing key contact details. You should at least include your phone number and email, and a website if you have one.
  4. Using cheap, flimsy card stock, or printing them at home. It tends to look a little amateurish. If you can afford to do it, order them online or in a store.
  5. Using too many colors. A little flair is okay, but keep it simple. Don't fill the whole card up with text either.