You have them, don't you- a box or stack of old business cards that sits wastefully in your desk or perhaps they are in the box in the attic along with your old work files. Perhaps you resigned and boxed them up along with your other desk items, maybe you were laid off and took everything you possibly could as a way of getting back at your employer, or maybe your title changed or your company revamped its logo, leaving you with leftover out of date cards.
I never knew what to do with the cards, until I had a conversation the other night with Kate. So it got me thinking, what can we do with old business cards?
- Carry them in your purse/wallet to balance teetering tables at coffee joints or restaurants
- Use them to jot down short shopping lists
- Line the cat litter box with them
- Keep them by the fireplace to use as kindling
- Put them in the kids craft closet, kids are truly creative
- Write recipes on them for a mini recipe box
- Use them for daily to-do lists
- Scrap paper by the phone
- Wallpaper your office
- Use them to label frozen food
Let's be "green" and recycle this expensive printed material…what have you done with your old business cards?
Hannah Morgan speaks and writes about job search and career strategies. She founded CareerSherpa.net to educate professionals on how to maneuver through today’s job search process. Hannah was nominated as a LinkedIn Top Voice in Job Search and Careers and is a regular contributor to US News & World Report. She has been quoted by media outlets, including Forbes, USA Today, Money Magazine, Huffington Post, as well as many other publications. She is also author of The Infographic Resume and co-author of Social Networking for Business Success.