If you run a business, the chances are you use ID cards, staff badges and maybe even membership cards. They are an essential component of many firms on site security protocols and are used by most companies to identify staff to fellow workers, security staff and customers.
Unfortunately, these small, but important items are quite costly. They are not cheap to buy especially when you have to order them one at a time as you take on new employees or members.
However, you can drastically cut the cost of ID or membership cards by making your own. Read on to find out more about how to do this.
Come up with a practical design
Step one, is to come up with a design. How you want your membership or ID card to look is up to you, but you want to make sure that the design is not too easy to copy. The last thing you need to do is to make it easy for a thief or other kind of imposter to make a copy of your cards. One of the main functions of identification or membership cards is to make sure that only the people who should have access to your premises or services can do so.
The design needs to be clear and easy to read. Your security guards and personnel need to be able to read the card just by glancing at it. You may also need to incorporate space for a photo as well as a name and maybe a job title or department details.
Try to incorporate your brand into your design
It also makes sense for your card design to reflect your company’s branding. Not doing this means that you will be missing a valuable opportunity to boost your brand awareness.
Using your brand also make the design process far easier. After all, you already have your logo, company colours, fonts and strap line available as an image or jpeg file. All you need to do is to take that design and rework it as a background for your ID or membership cards. That is far easier than coming up with a design from scratch.
Programmes you can use to generate your design
Practically any design software can be used to generate the file for your plastic ID cards you do not need to buy special software. The best approach is to use a programme you or a member of your staff is already familiar with and using. It is even possible to come up with a good ID card design using Microsoft Word.
Buy a printer
You will need a specialist printer to produce your cars. These are now quite easy to find. Just be sure to buy from a well-established ID card printer company that provides a good warranty and has good support.
Now all you need to do is to buy some plastic blanks and inks, connect the printer to your PC and hit the print button. In minutes, you will have the high quality and inexpensive membership and ID cards your company, organisation or club needs.