Five Current Business Card Trends

Business cards have broken out of their traditional corporate pigeon hole and become a whole lot more creative in recent years. While there is still a place for the traditional engraved card, those in creative industries are finding new ways of expressing their individuality through their cards. Here are some of the current trends we’ve noticed.Rounded corners
Giving a softer edge to your cards, rounded corners are a great option when you want a friendly, approachable feel to your brand. Cutting the corners adds slightly to the cost of the card as it is an additional process.Folded cards
Folded cards are great when you need more space for text or pictures, but still want to keep to regular business card sizes. There are plenty of cleverly designed folds where the front flap is only partial, leaving the contact information uncovered but opening to reveal additional photos or graphics to make your card more memorable. Folding cards can also have a longer life as useful bookmarks.Matte finish
Glossy cards are hard to write on, which makes them inconvenient for that networking tip of jotting notes or numbers onto your cards before handing them over. A matte finish allows for writing on, with a subtle and attractive sheen and gives a good protection to the card so that it lasts longer.Pictures on cards
They always say that a picture is worth a thousand words and, on a business card where space is limited, pictures can make all the difference in making your brand memorable. The trend is moving away from headshots and towards more creative uses of photography integrated into the design of the whole card, so for example a landscape photograph takes up the whole card with the contact details superimposed over a light background area of the photo.QR codes
Love them or loathe them, they are making their presence felt on business cards everywhere now. The trick is to use them creatively, both in the design and in where they lead to – a url taking visitors to a newsletter sign-up page is one functional use for them.Of course there are plenty more creative business card ideas out there: die cut shapes, unusual materials, funky fonts. Let your creativity flow, but do make sure that the basics of a business card still are functional, that the contact information is clear and easy to read, that the card will fit in a wallet and of course that it really does represent your brand.

Tips on How to Make Your Real Estate Business Blog Be Effective

We cannot deny the fact that blogs nowadays are one of the most effective and inexpensive real estate internet marketing tools that brokers, agents and real estate professionals are preferred to use. Over the past few years the use of blogs in promoting a real estate business have been growing in an extremely rapid rate.Start a blog now for your business by first choosing the right blogging platform that you think will best work for you. Then, start right away by providing such high quality information regarding real estate in your blog. Starting a blog is easy, but you should first to know some of these basic tips to make your blog be more effective, competitive and successful.Time and quality content – having a blog really requires a lot of time to spend in writing and posting a content regularly. Search engines like with the Google always like a blog site with fresh content and having a constant blog post a day will help your blog rank higher. With that you will be receiving a sufficient amount of traffic that will help your business grows in the form of leads.Inter act with your site visitors – respond to each of the email that you receive and each of the comment posted by a prospect clients and let them know that you are an expert in this field. Just keep on continue answering and giving them with valuable information for them to build a trust with you.Connect with your local community – involve yourself in your local community by attending in the neighborhood meetings, activities and events. Joining this kind of network will really help and benefit your blog.Be as what you are in your post – in writing a blog post just think that you are having just a casual conversation with others. Just use words that you are using in your daily conversation for the readers to relate and understand the whole idea of your post. This is how you can capture the eyes and mind of the readers.

Home Business Tips – Are You the Leader They’re Lookin’ For in MLM?

Creating relationships is key to becoming the leader people are looking for in order to build a home based MLM business.  What events you attend and who you hang out with will be reflected in the type of leader you are.  If you are associating with people who are going nowhere, then you will go nowhere too!Key attributes of a leaderLeaders keep their eyes on the future – great leaders see reality and the future possibilities. Giving your team hope is what keeps them doing what they know needs to be done to build the MLM team.Dream big dreams – Refuse to believe that something is impossible. When you dream big dreams it will elevate the entire team because when the small success come, and they will, people will be encouraged to do even more. It is no fun to watch someone do something that you said couldn’t be done.  When you dream big dreams you must be willing to make mistakes or you will accomplish nothing worthwhile, be willing to fail. Taking the risks is what will bring the great rewards.Push for high standards and, keep the bar high. Are you the leader who is holding yourself to a higher standard and also holding your team to a higher standard? Winners will stretch to the challenge, whiners will whine all the way out the door. Your team will need to stretch and keep take the risks.   “Excellence is not an exception it is an attitude.” John Maxwell  Short cuts don’t pay off in the long run, you cannot develop the prevailing attitude if you are always looking for a short cut.  The battle that we have all the time is just stopping short, stopping when you get to the point of “getting by”  when you do that little bit extra it will set you above everyone else.  That is where you want to be, set above everyone else because 95% of people will be dead or dead broke by the age of 65, you want to be part of the 5%, Right?!Take care of your team! Bad leaders take care of themselves first, when you address the needs and concerns of your team you will be addressing your own needs as well. An MLM team will not grow and create residual income with a selfish leader.  Be the leader people are looking for.