I am a HUGE fan of the personal, handwritten note. I believe that the time taken for any note that is handwritten shows the recipient how important they are. While my opinion hasn’t changed, I have found a service that I may use to replace some of my typed and handwritten notes.
Imagine receiving an envelope with a stamp affixed at the top and a normal post mark — not a bulk mail postmark. Imagine that the envelope has your name and address in what looks like my handwriting. You look closer and realize it was printed by a printer, but it sure looks like my handwriting (you’ve received handwritten notes from me before). You open up the envelope and pull out a card that easily could have come from Target or WalMart. Imagine opening the card and reading a note from me in my handwriting and with my signature. You see again that it was printed by a printer, but it looks like I wrote it when you hold it back.
This isn’t fantasy — this is real. There are some upfront costs for this service and I said I still believe in the handwritten note. However, there are clearly some great applications for this type of service. You can login, type a quick card and send it in less than five minutes. Your recipient will get a personal card like I described above at a cost that is less than a typical card at the store.
Take a look at SendOutCards. While SendOutCards allows members to profit from signing up new customers, we have decided not to advertise in that manner here to keep with our tradition of providing quality information.
by David Knoble, CPA, PLLC
Serving Non-Profits, Businesses & Individuals
Rock Hill, SC