Personal contact cards, the non-business version of business cards, are a great way to promote yourself and leave a lasting impression. For people unemployed, or employed non-traditionally, they can be a fine way to get your name across, exchange contact information with other people, enter sweepstakes and join mailing lists. They also provide an opportunity to be creative and present yourself in a memorable way.
For a truly memorable contact card, consider adding a photograph. Whether you are promoting a photography business, pet sitting (add a photo of a family pet), childcare (image of smiling babies) or hair salon (image of a cool style), photos catch the eye when you are handing out your card. Many online card-printing websites will allow you to upload a personal image, and then print it on the card.
Along with your contact details, consider adding an inspirational phrase. The sentiment does not have to be religious. It can relate to your business (such as "An apple a day" for dentists) or hobbies ("I collect old PEZ dispensers"). Choose a bold, bright and attractive font for the phrase to catch attention when you exchange cards.
Add a way for card recipients to view your online portfolio, where applicable. If you have spent time building up an online repository of written articles, drawings, songs, photos of professional cakes or anything else, include the website address on your personal contact card. Even if you're not necessarily recruiting new business, the portfolio serves as a way to show off your accomplishments.