How I Organize My Own Business Cards

  As I’ve mentioned before, people always ask me about the state of my own office.  I have two of these Container Store business card boxes.  This week I added 3 cards and threw out 23.  This, my friends, is the only way to keep the cards under control.  There is no way around it.

Some of my categories are Clients, Wellness, Design & Furniture, and Friends.  I’ve loosely designated the other two unmarked spaces for people I’ve personally met and people I haven’t met.  The second box holds business cards from various networking events I regularly attend, sorted by organization.  One of my clients now uses two of these boxes: one for sales contacts organized by country, and the other box is for all other contacts.

Yes, its’ true that I’ll likely never EVER refer to and of these business cards.  Anyone of immediate importance or who needs to be tagged for a follow-up is of course entered into my CRM system.  For all of those other folks of random interest that I just can’t part with, they go here.

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You’re just $7 away from upgrading those wadded stashes of business cards to a system that begs to be used.  Run, do not walk, to your nearest Container Store and get your lil’ box this week!

What Do Cigarettes & Business Cards Have In Common?

  Every time I go to a networking event, I always cause a stir with my business card holder.  Gotta stand out at these things, right?  Folks must think it’s tacky for me to have my pack of smokes sitting on the table, but wait, those aren’t cigarettes in there! What do cigarettes and business cards have in common?

They both can be stylishly toted from place to place in exactly the same sized case.

The good news is that I’ve discovered a beautiful, practical way to carry a stack of business cards with me at all times.  The bad news is that you can’t just click and order it.

This is a wooden cigarette case that has been reincarnated as the official carrier of The Inspired Office’s business cards.  I bought it at a yard sale more than six years ago for $1.   It is big enough to hold over 40 biz cards.  I always leave room in the back to hold the cards I receive at events.  When I get home, all the cards I’ve collected are in one place.  (The best systems start at the source, remember?) The best part is that it can take a lot of abuse in the bottom of the bag and the cards emerge unscathed.

Good luck finding one just like mine.  The best advice I can give is to search for “cigarette case” or “wooden cigarette case” on eBay.  As with anything on eBay, you have to dig, but I’ve seen some nice ones.