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Business Cards

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

I got my business cards done through Manitoba’s only London Drugs. It was apparently Clint — the photo-station manager — who printed them up, and he did a good job. The quality is very fine, the margins are where they should be, and they’re all very straight-edged. There’s a bit of a colour bleed, or something, but it’s so small I had to turn the card around just to make sure it wasn’t my eyes doing it. Someone with sharp eyes and a feel for colour will get the distinct impression that the lower left edge of each letter is blue, but it’s not distinct enough to actually see it. In other words, only ninjas would have a problem with this card.

The card itself isn’t printed on card stock; rather, the set was printed as if I got a whole bunch of 2″ x 3.5″ prints. I could probably make 4″ x 6″ business cards, too, but I’m not sure I’m really crazy enough to do that.
So if you flip the card over, it says “FUJIFILM” and “Fujicolour Crystal Archive Paper.”
What does it mean to have them printed as photos? None of those CMYK circles all over the place. The set of 50 cards was $10 ($0.20 each), but cheaper business card retailers can be incredibly hit-or-miss. Also, the first thing I notice is how tremendously black the black is — it really does stand out. I chose a matte surface, so it’s all textured and shiny. The contrast is absolutely perfect.

I love them.

Cozy Cabbage Web Design&Development

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

It’s a bit of a mouthful, but I’ve finally got my business site up and running! I’ve got to professionalize the language a bit more and add an information form that a customer would fill out, but it’s it’s basically done. I’ll have to check it in IE, again, and maybe end up tweaking a couple styles.

As it is, it took me these past six hours to get it up. The writing actually took a great deal of time — much longer than I thought it would take.
I’m going tomorrow to pick up my business cards, and then I’m going to my old highschool, where I hope a certain teacher there — who taught classes on how to be an entrepreneur — keeps in touch with students starting their small businesses. It would be the perfect opportunity to grow my skills while contributing to the community of small businesses.

I’m starting at the insanely low value of $50/week, with the expectation that I’ll only actually do an hour or two of hard work a day (plus about six hours of random fiddling, plus about eight hours of blogging and socializing, plus about eight hours of sleeping).
From there, once I’ve got a couple clients — enough to keep my fed, — I’ll increase it to $100/week. That should last me for the next couple months, until I’ve learned a good deal more. I can slowly find people who need the bigger jobs, and work with them for a larger sum. I’ll probably need more than a year before I can feel comfortable designing for larger companies.

I spent the last few days reading backlogs of some other blogs. I’m learning more and more, and retaining new ideas. I’ve also realized that a social network is incredibly important. I was reading about whuffie and the soup metric and what companies do and what they should do. I’ve read about marketing, ROI, and just plain love.

So there it all is, layed out:
Mid February, I became a web developer. Tomorrow, that path leads out of the forest and into the wide, wide countryside, and I become a working professional throwing himself into the world.
I had better get to sleep. I’ll need it.

(Crap, do I need a business license? Do I have to charge GST? I do have a lot to research, suddenly.)