One-tenth of a second is all you have to make a good impression, according to psychology professors Janine Willis and Alexander Todorov from Princeton University. Nothing can be more embarrassing than handing a future client a dirty or soiled business card. Having a clean business card handy can make or break your next business deal. Your calling card is a direct reflection of the way you do business — protect your business cards from stains and dirt and you’ll never have to give an excuse why you don’t have a card on you.
Business Card Case
A wide array of carrying cases for business cards makes selecting just one a difficult choice. Business card cases are slightly larger than the card itself and usually have a set of brackets into which the cards fit. Cases generally are the most convenient way to protect your business cards from getting dirty. Additionally, you can easily slip a business card case into your pocket or purse. You can then quickly retrieve your case when you need to give a new acquaintance your contact information.
Many multifunctional portfolios have a section where you can store several business cards, along with a notepad, pen or pencil and a calendar or brochures for your company. Typically, a portfolio has perforated slots for business cards that make it easy to carry everything you might need for a business meeting. The number of business cards you can store in a portfolio may vary, however. Storing too many cards in your portfolio could increase the thickness of the binder, rendering it difficult to close.
Briefcase or Messenger Bag
A number of briefcases and messenger bags have compartments for you to carry your business cards to keep them from getting dirty, bent or otherwise soiled. Generally, briefcases have storage spaces for your pens, pencils, notepads, as well as a slot for your business cards. If carrying your business cards is high on your priority list, ensure the briefcase you select has adequate space for your cards. Messenger bags typically have a more casual feel than briefcases. Named “messenger bags” because of the way they can be slung across your torso — like a courier or messenger cyclist would wear — they usually contain an inside pocket where you can put your business cards that keeps them away from other items in your bag that might damage your cards.
Suit Coat Pocket
Menswear and some women’s tailored business attire feature inside breast pockets. These are small pockets sewn into the lining of more expensive suit coats worn by men and women. The pockets are small enough to slide your business cards into very snugly. Provided you don’t carry coins, pens, candy or gum in these pockets, you can put business cards there so you can easily reach them.