When I taught, I had business cards–actually a second printing was made after we got email addresses back in the 90s. Handed them out at conferences, after presentations, to visitors who came to watch me actually work with kids, to parents, any time someone wanted my info. The cards were handy.
When the teaching career ended, I tossed out the remaining 50 or so cards. By that time the email address needed to be updated. And, of course, the title of teacher no longer applied to me.
With no job, no title, no workplace, I saw no need for a business card. But, people still asked for my card. At meetings, at social events, even at places where I did business and they needed information so as to notify me when a part, piece, or whatever had arrived. I had to apologize and found myself saying, “Oh, I’m retired, so I’m not anything any more.” Then I would tear off a scrap of paper and scribble my name, number, email, etc. My former students would be rolling their eyes about now.
“How unprofessional, Mrs. Zody.”
I can hear them reprimanding me, just as I did them when they didn’t quite measure up to my strict standards of business etiquette, and, they would be right. I needed a business card, but what would I put on one? I have no job or title, beyond my volunteer, grandma, and caretaking duties.
I opened up my word processing application and immediately found a card template I liked. It spoke to me. I take pictures, so why not put my photo on my card? As for a title, I write stories and take pictures so I made my title just that–stories & photos, then I added my address, phone, email, Twitter, and blog.
So far, I’ve only printed one page’s worth of cards, and given out only one card, but now when someone asks for my card, I will be ready. No more unprofessional scraps of paper.