When you think of business cards, do you picture a salesperson, repairman, or dentist? While people from all types of businesses use business cards to promote themselves, their primary purpose is as a reference card—to make their contact information easy to share and easy for you to store.
As a mom, you don’t have a need to promote your skills as a mother unless you are trying to convince other people to let you mother their kids. Most moms I know have their hands full with their own children and they aren’t trying to pull in more of THAT business. They do, however, share contact information with a LOT of other people and business cards (aka “mommy cards”) make that much easier.
Mommy Card Uses
Think of the number of times you need to give someone your phone number and/or e-mail address. Here are just a few of the ways you could use a mommy card:
- Set up a play date with child’s classmate
- Provide to parents of your child’s friends so they have multiple ways to reach you
- Leave with the babysitter so she has your home information to give emergency personnel, if needed and so she knows how to reach you
- Give to new neighbors when you welcome them to the neighborhood
- Easily exchange information with the old friend you run into at the grocery store
- Conveniently share your contact information with the new friend you make in your yoga class
- Skip filling in the personal contact info section of some forms (many times they can just staple your card to the form in lieu of you writing in the information)
- Hand it to the clerk who has to type all of your information into their system—reduces the odds of typos and transposed numbers since 65% of the population are visual learners and only 30% are auditory learners
- Attach to items that you would want returned to you if lost (e.g. in lieu of a luggage tag)
Mommy Card Information
Once you’ve acknowledged the value of having a mommy card, you might be wondering what type of information you should include on it. Really, this is entirely up to you. Before you decide what to include, be clear on how you will use the cards. If it’s primarily to give to other moms and you want them to have ALL of your contact information you will clearly add more than if you will use them to get out of filling in forms. You don’t want to be constantly crossing information out that you don’t want to share, or conversely, writing in information that isn’t on the card. Once you have an idea of how you will use the cards, here are the things you might consider including on your mommy card:
- Spouse and/or Chiildren’s Names
- Home Phone
- Cell Phone
- E-mail Address
- Facebook URL
- Twitter Handle
- Pinterest and/or Instagram User Name
- Favorite Quote
- Important Medical Information (e.g. life-threatening allergies) if you are going to use for playdates and babysitters
Where To Get Mommy Cards
Several reputable companies will print mommy cards for you. Here are my favorites:
- The Mommy Card – If you want to find a design that matches your personality perfectly, this is the place to shop. They literally have hundreds of designs including picture cards and two sided cards. Their prices are higher than the other companies on this list (most styles run $40 for 200, $60 for 500), but they deliver high-quality card stock and color printing. For those looking to make a big impression with their mommy card, this is your go-to site. I have never splurged for these so I can’t personally vouch for their quality, but their reputation is superb and they have plenty of customer testimonials to back up their products and customer service.
- Staples – Staples has a large variety of business cards, many of which would work for mommy cards. This isn’t your least expensive option ($30 for 250, $40 for 500), but one big bonus is that you can pick up your cards at your local Staples, usually within 24 hours. So, if you’re an instant gratification type of person, this is the option for you. I have ordered my own mommy cards from Staples a couple of times (both times because I was too impatient to wait for an order to arrive) and I was really happy with them.
- Build A Sign — Based on the name, this might not be the first place you would think of for mommy cards. That’s too bad because they are a great source for them. I recently received a free set of Wondermom Wannabe business cards from Build-A-Sign for the purpose of evaluating the product. I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the cards compared to the mommy cards I have purchased from other companies in the past. The smooth finish and heavier card stock made these seem very elegant and professional. At $14 for 250 and $24 for 500, these cards are a bargain for the quality you get. They don’t offer as broad a variety of designs as the other sites, but if you are easily overwhelmed by too many options (like me!), this might be a bonus.
- Vistaprint – If you want to get a great deal on mommy cards, this is where you want to place your order. They offer over 60 mommy card designs and you can get 500 for under $10. I ordered my last set of mommy cards from Vistaprint and they turned out fine. They looked just like the image I created online. For affordability, you won’t beat Vistaprint.
Do you already have your own mommy cards? If so, please let us know in the comments how you use yours and what you recommend.