By Anne B
Happy Sunday, Ramblers! To my American Ramblers, I hope you all have an amazing Thanksgiving week! I know you probably read that title and were like “Whatttt? What is she talking about? What is she on?” First of all, I solemnly swear that I am not on anything. Second of all, just hear me out. I promise it will all make sense in the end. Plus, I’ll also be giving some ideas and examples for some cool ID badges no matter the profession or if you even have a job.
Before listing all the reasons, let’s talk about the actual badge holder. You can’t have a badge without a badge holder, after all. I personally think badge holders with a retractable clip (like this one) are the most convenient and dope looking.
Once you have your badge holder, you can put your ID badge (whether made by you or given by your employer) in it. You can also use your badge holder to store public transportation cards, student IDs, important information like office telephone numbers, and so on. You can even store your credit/ debit cards in it! I would recommend only doing that if the badge holder is sturdy and can close at the top though. I also attached my office key to the back of my badge by sliding it onto the little plastic thing that connects the badge holder and the clip that goes on your waistband.
Now that you know what to put in your badge holder, here are the reasons why you should wear a badge, no matter what your job is or your unemployment status.
Well, if those reasons don’t make you want to wear a badge, I don’t know what will. If your employer gave you a badge, then you’re good to go. For those that are unemployed, students, or have a job that doesn’t include a badge, keep reading for some badge ideas!
For the students, you can just use your school ID as a badge! You’ll be walking around campus like a boss and you won’t have to rummage through your bag or pockets each time you need it. If you’re a student with a part-time job, a graduate student working in a lab (like me), or have a side hustle, you can show that off by either using your badge from those jobs or creating one. There are plenty of ID badge creators online (like this one). You could also use Canva, a photo-editing software like photoshop, etc.
For those that have a side hustle, work for themselves, or weren’t given a badge by their employer, you could also use Vistaprint. Vistaprint is great because you could create a ton of other business tools. For instance, you could make your business card and ID badge one and the same. This way, you could carry several business cards in your badge holder. When someone notices your unique badge and asks about it, you can then nonchalantly reach into your holder, take out a card and hand it to them. What a neat way to promote your business, no?
Finally, as promised, here is an example of a ID badge/ business card! Some essentials are a professional photo, your first and last name, the business name/ university/ etc., and your contact information. The rest is up to you!
I hope you guys liked this blog post, even though it is more out there than usual. Let me know what you thought in the comments below and whether or not you wear a badge! If you don’t currently wear a badge, are you going to go make one?
Have a wonderful week and Ramble On!