The Cheap & Easy Way to Always Have Business Cards on You

Easy way to always have business cards on you

If you're like me you never have your business cards when you really need them. You might have a card case, but how often do you carry that with you when you're not headed to a business function? Carrying them in your wallet doesn't work; it doesn't take long before they're mangled from the heat and weight of being below you all the time.

But, there's an easy solution. You always have your phone on you, so stash a few on the inside of your phone case. The phone keeps them flat, and the ink doesn't wear. You could buy a special phone case like this one that has a built-in storage area, but why spend more money? I've been testing this for a couple of months, and it not only maintains the condition of the cards, it's saved me a few times already.

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20 Comments

  • Reply March 27, 2013

    will

    great idea, never thought of that

  • Reply March 28, 2013

    Joseph Newman

    That only works with a flat phone. My HTC One S curves the cards.

  • Reply March 28, 2013

    David X L

    Good idea. I personally use a clear TPU case that has a QR code glued to it. The embedded info contains all my contact info and can usually be directly stored into a directory. It’s useful for sharing info and in case my phone gets lost.

  • Reply March 28, 2013

    jcard21

    • Reply March 28, 2013

      Andrew

      I mentioned in the article that I have one of those, but I don’t carry it around all the time when I’m not expecting to need it.

  • Reply March 28, 2013

    Michael

    Great idea, thanks!

    Still, do you have any recommendations for a stylish, affordable card case? My job requires a high degree of networking, and I feel like it looks sloppy to have loose cards or bend them out of my too-tight saddleback

  • Reply March 28, 2013

    Matt

    there’s an iOS app called CamCard that lets you snap a picture of a business card. less clutter.

    • Reply March 28, 2013

      Ryan N

      And when you need to give a physical card to a client?

      • Reply April 1, 2013

        Matt

        valid point. hadn’t thought of it from a card-giving angle.

  • Reply March 28, 2013

    ronjnail

    It also provide contact info if your phone is lost.

  • Reply March 28, 2013

    Colt Henrie

    I already have the Incipio case that you have linked above. I absolutely love it! It has decluttered my pockets; I haven’t carried a wallet in months; and if I ever loose my “wallet,” I use the “Find My Iphone” app to make my “wallet” play a sound or locate it by GPS. For those business cards I collect, I use CardMunch. I take a photo of the business card and it will save the contact info, look them up on LinkedIn, and then I can add them as a connection with a press of a button. I use Scan.me to create a QR code for my business cards so they can connect with me through different channels easily. I hope those tips will help any one of you.

  • Reply March 28, 2013

    Jessy

    My S III case is a pain in the ass to remove. Anyway, I don’t really need business cards.

    However, my sister use this trick to carry arround her debit card.

  • Reply March 28, 2013

    Giovanni

    Good Idead, I will try

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  • Reply April 5, 2013

    Cam

    Great idea, done. Thanks!

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  • Reply February 18, 2015

    Tyler Williams

    This is a good piece of advice. I’ve been doing similar things since I first got my iPhone a few years back. It’s also great for storing a small number of bills (for bus fare if I forget my student ID card, etc.). Also, if you’re going out, you can use it as a slim wallet to store your driver’s license and a debit card.

  • Reply February 10, 2017

    Cristina Garcia

    I love this idea, but dirt gets in between my phone and my phone case. I don’t know how since my phone is rarely ever parted from the case, but it is what it is.

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