QR Codes Make Business Cards More Versatile

If you don’t want potential clients to worry about scanning your business card or typing your information into their address book, consider putting a QR code on your business card. A QR code is an image which special software on most smartphones can decipher. You can embed text, links, images, or vCards into the code. They’re easy to make and in a few minutes you can have a new business card that is much more versatile and paperless-office friendly.


When using a traditional business card, every person you hand your card to needs to come up with a system for getting that contact information into their address book. To alleviate this problem, you could try an electronic alternative to the traditional business card. But these alternatives haven’t caught on completely yet.

What is a QR Code?

QR, or Quick Response codes, are black and white images like the one to the right. Specialized QR readers are available for all smart phones. I recommend QuickMark. It isn’t free, but it gets the job done and is available for Android, Windows, and iOS phones. The readers parse the QR code and either open a webpage, display some text, download a vCard, or any other number of things.

How to Get a QR Code on a Business Card

The first step in putting a QR code on your website or business card is actually generating the code. There are numerous websites that will generate the code for free. I used QRStuff.com. This allows you to embed the vCard in the actual QR code. Some websites will bring whoever scans the code back to a website to download the vCard. That’s a hoop you don’t want potential clients to have to jump through. With QRStuff all of the data is built right into the code. When it is scanned, the scanner can immediately download your contact information.

Using the website, you put in all your information and it will generate the scannable code. The site then lets you order business cards with your QR code right on them. Or, if you prefer, you can simply right click the code and save it to use on another site, like Vistaprint.

The QR code has been widely accepted in Japan, but is still in its infancy here in the US. Yet it’s a tool that attorneys can use to bridge the gap between the traditional business card and the digital age. Most importantly, attorneys never have to say “I don’t carry business cards, care to bump?”

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  • http://lawyerist.com/author/aaronstreet/ Aaron Street

    Josh, It’s awesome that you used your own vCard QR Code as the graphic for this post (I know, because I tried it)!

    The rumor around the office is that Sam is going to print business cards that are only his name and his QR Code.

    • http://lawyerist.com/author/joshcamson/ Josh Camson

      I was curious to see if anyone would catch that. So far no random phone calls though.

  • Joel Anderson

    Better yet, just have the QR code alone. If someone doesn’t remember whose card it is, they will scan just to unravel the mystery!

    • http://lawyerist.com/author/samglover/ Sam Glover

      I think I’m going to keep the name on there, but it will be a cool part of the design.

      • http://uqr.me uQR.me

        Should you really go with just your name and your QR, Sam, we warmly suggest you to try http://uqr.me to generate the code. You get your permanent virtual ID, it is to say a unique QR code, and you can change the link when you want, how many times you want. Like, never have to reprint your set of cards because you change your mobile or move to a bigger office: just log in, change your info, and it’s done. All your printed codes
        s are automatically updated. And of course you can switch from your vCard to your Linkedin profile or your website… There’s a handful of “founders” account still available, that come with free stats, if you’re interested ;-)

        • http://bunkerlawgroup.com/the-las-vegas-nevada-small-business-blog/ Ben Bunker

          Neat little find. I always wondered what those were.

          I’ve signed up and generated my own custom QR code and currently linked it to my homepage. I’ll have a blog post about this up shortly.

  • Shaun

    Great article and you should post your QR code at http://www.postyoursquare.com – it’s free.

    • Shaun

      Thanks to the Bunker Law Group – the first law firm to post a QR code! Come visit to scan their QR code.

  • http://lawyerist.com/author/kevinhouchin/ Kevin Houchin

    I’ve had a QR code on my cards for a while now, but I don’t know that anyone has actually used it. I have it on the back because they’re kind of ugly (obviously). My techy friends get a kick out of it, but rarely actually scan it. We refer to them as “geek squares” – which is about as much as one can ask for right now until people develop new habits.

    • http://lawyerist.com/author/joshcamson/ Josh Camson

      I like the idea of just the name on the front and just a QR code on the back. Sleek yet nerdy.

      • http://lawyerist.com/author/samglover/ Sam Glover

        I’m going way nerdier than that. My card (and QR code) will be done in letterpress. Ancient meets new.

  • http://lawyerist.com/author/randallryder/ Randall Ryder

    Very cool article Josh and definitely an easy way to input people’s contact information—much easier than scanning!

  • http://www.abstraktmg.com/ Whitney

    On business cards?? Nice! I think the best use of a QR code is anything that continues the conversation with the consumer. If you sell a product, connect to a behind-the-scenes video of how it is developed. If your firm is more service-oriented, create a testimonial blog with interviews of satisfied customers. Whatever your direct mail campaign message, QR codes give you the added benefit of the omnipresent, wireless web. Read more about it here!!

  • http://www.coderqr.com/ Heliodor

    I’d like to point out http://coderqr.com. It’s a site I made specifically with business card QR codes in mind because none of the established websites allow you to provide multiple emails, phone numbers, or urls. Lame. At http://coderqr.com you’ll be able to do all that, as well as other types of data too.

  • https://vizibility.com/ Adrian Maynard

    It’s amazing how technology and traditional career tools have merged together. Sure, a QR code can link to your contact information, but wouldn’t it be better if it sent scanners to something more substantial?

    Last week, Vizibility Inc. (www.vizibility.com) released it’s newest free feature, connecting a QR code to your SearchMe™ link (a list of Google results, ranked by you). Now potential clients and employers can be instantly connected to your LinkedIn, Twitter, personal website, the possibilities are endless.