If your network is your vital component, your contact database is how you maintain, organize, and grow your relationships.
You need a place to organize your contacts and business cards in a way that is very organized and easy to access. I cringe when I see a binder of cards tucked away in sleeves a person bought at staples. If that is your business card system, I suggest moving on to a different way of organizing your contacts.
This is the low-tech solution to what to do with all those business cards. This is a good start if you only have a handful of cards to sift through—at least you have them all in one location. Once you start networking heavily, this system becomes ineffective.
The biggest problem is that they are usually “organized” only by the chronological order in which you receive them, making retrieval difficult.
If you continue to use this system, it will completely hinder the growth of your business.by