Great Business Ideas: Scan Your Business Cards

Great Ideas for your Small Business: Scan Your Business Cards

Your rolodex is a gold mine, but flipping through it and keeping it up-to-date is a hassle.

Insurance broker Richard Butwin, of Great Neck, New York, said his greatest idea was to buy a Card-Scan system. Through the miracles of modern technology, you pop a business card into the scanner, and within minutes the data is read and stored. Then, when you are ready, the software transfers the information into whatever contact management software you use.

The company says the system is great for salespeople, executives, assistants—anyone who has to keep track of lots of people. CardScan’s basic software costs $79; the system with scanner and software is $299.

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