This is a big year for me.
My main job title for the past 7 years has been “mum”.
Wiper of snot, bums, tears. Giver of meals, bedtime stories, hugs. Good timekeeper, multi-tasker, fair disciplinarian, night watch… woman.
But with Blake starting school in the Autumn, my hours in the mothering department are going to be cut drastically.
Meaning I can concentrate on finding more of the other kind of work.
The paid kind. Which as I recall was quite rewarding.
As a journalist by trade, who now has blogging skills to add to my CV, I have to get the word out.
Because finding jobs as a writer is only 50 per cent talent and 10 per cent luck, in my opinion.
The other 40 per cent is who you know – and how you make them remember you.
No, I’m not going to streak through the middle of a newspaper office (been there, done that!)
But I am going to start giving out business cards to everyone I meet.
Which is why instantprint couldn’t have come at a better time, when they gave me a chance to review their cards.
Using one of the templates they provided, I emailed my chosen design and within a week had several boxes of professional business cards in a matt finish, printed on high quality silk board.
The artwork I provided – the Mummy Central logo – was reproduced clearly and using vibrant colour.
In my experience, business cards are often expensive, or the printing company will offer a cheaper price only if you put their own logo and contact details on the reverse.
instantprint doesn’t do this. Their cards are cut to 8.5 x 5.5 cm. They are available on economy, premium and exclusive paper with the option for a matt, gloss or velvet lamination – so you can find something to suit your budget.
What you can win
instantprint is offering 4 lucky readers the chance to win 1000 business cards each.
Winners can submit their own design, choosing from a matt or gloss finish, and they will be posted directly to them.
There are 3 templates for your design, or you can do your own.
It’s a great deal if you’re starting your own business, or looking for cards to hand out at the next bloggers event/conference.
How to enter
Leave a comment at the bottom of this post, revealing what your fantasy business card might say – in other words, your dream job.
For example, mine would say “Wedding planner to the stars”.
Be sure to leave your email address or Twitter name, so you can be contacted if you win.
For extra entries, do one or all of the following:
Subscribe to Mummy Central (or if you already subscribe, let me know in your comments and I’ll give you an extra entry)
“Like” instantprint on Facebook – and tell them Mummy Central sent you
Tweet the following: “I want to win 1000 @instantprint business cards from @Mummy_Central”
Those pesky T&Cs
The competition is open until midnight on February 8. Winners will be chosen at random and informed within 24 hours.
Failure to claim your prize within 3 days will result in it being offered to someone else.
Designs must be emailed to instantprint within 2 weeks of your win, to claim your business cards.
Best of luck (and if anyone has any work for a fine writer and blogger, my number’s on the card).