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We?re a city of self-starters, and whether you own your own business or are just working on your side hustle, a seriously impressive business card is key. Stay above the competition with these customizable ideas.

The easiest route Personalizing business cards can be as simple as ordering takeout, thanks to websites like trusted stationer Crane & Co, which offers nine sophisticated design templates--even letterpress--that you can pop your info into and preview online (from $0.34 to $0.95 a card). If you?re looking to be a bit more creative, nothing beats the British company Moo. Not only can you upload your own image and existing logo, but the site also has hundreds of remarkably slick stock designs geared toward a range of professions (or just pretty imagery). Add to that a wealth of colors and fonts, and your finished look will be a conversation-starter all on its own (from $0.30 to $0.70 a card).

The coolest route To make a truly one-of-a-kind impression, we love the idea of commissioning a local stationer to create custom logos, die-cut shapes, coordinated paper suites (yes, we should all still be sending thank-you notes) and even postage. Our picks: wedding-invitation elite Ceci New York and Atelier Isabey, general design house Publicide and Etsy all-star PixelsPrinted.

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