Mommy Business Cards: Cute Idea or Waste of Money?
Friday, September 14th, 2012
I was flipping through one of my magazines yesterday and happened to glance down at an ad in the back. I usually skip over these, but one of the ads caught my ad: Business Cards for Mom!
At first I rolled my eyes and shook my head and muttered something about, “Oh wow, what will they think of next?”
Then I caught one of the samples. A business card like any other business card, only this one was slightly different: On it were a mom’s name, her kids’ names, their address and phone number and a line that said something like, “Let’s play!”
And they were cute!
It’s been a while since my kids were little, but that ad shot me back in time to a brand new Mommy and Me class I took with my youngest. I was a new mom. My hair was matted against my head, I reeked of breast milk, and my daughter had thrown up on my shoulder just minutes before we entered the building. I was nervous as you-know-what going in, but when I got into the room and looked around, I made an amazing discovery: twenty other women in the exact same situation as me!
To say we bonded quickly would be an understatement. Before my daughter was even unstrapped from her car seat we were chatting about no sleep and colic.
At the end of that first class, I had gotten the names and numbers of four or five women that wanted to get together for play dates. Problem was, I put those numbers in various spots and when I got home I had to spend half an hour digging around in my pockets, diaper bag, and various other spots to find them; and when I did, I had no idea whose kid belonged to which name and number.
Now, granted this was before the prolific use of cell phones that will track this data for you. (We’re talking eight years here, after all.) But even today I don’t use my phone much to keep track of information, only numbers. The cards not only list name and number but include kids and their ages.
So I visited the website touting these mommy business cards and I fell in love! I immediately wanted to have ANOTHER baby just so I could purchase some of these cards and hand them out at a play date! (Okay, I didn’t go that far, but you get my drift!)
After perusing that site, I did a search and found numerous websites that sell these cards. Who knew?! Well, maybe for some of you these are nothing new. After all, like I said before, it has been four years since my youngest was so small that we did playdates in the middle of the day. But for me, this was genius. Most companies that create these mommy business cards keep the cost at a reasonable level, and some of the cards (like the ones I found on etsy) were so stinking cute I might order them just to have a few on hand.
What do you think? Are business cards for moms to use when meeting other moms a cute idea or a waste of money? If you found a design you liked, do you think you would buy them?