What Do You Do When You Have Bad Handwriting?

Bad HandwritingWhen my son was younger he struggled with small motor skills. His handwriting was terrible. “Don’t worry,” I said, “When you grow up, you can be a doctor. They have bad handwriting.” Although he didn’t become a doctor, this encouraged him in elementary school.

What happens when you grow up and still have bad handwriting? Recently I was approached after speaking to a group by a professional in the insurance business. He agreed with the power of a hand written thank you note. He said, “But what if your handwriting is bad. I mean really bad.”

Today we live in a world where much of what we do is electronic. Emails, texting, and instant messaging are all great ways to communicate that don’t require legible handwriting. They are also impersonal. If you believe in the importance of a hand written thank you note to build business relationships but have bad handwriting what can you do?

Bad Handwriting Solutions

One option is to have an assistant hand write your cards for you. You can still dictate the message and even sign your name. (Have the assistant print it underneath if it is illegible.) Then your contacts will receive a hand written card that they can actually read.

The next best thing to a hand written card is one that has been printed and sent in the mail for you. It still uses the surprise and power of snail mail, but it is legible. It is a personal message composed by you, but without your “chicken scratch.”

Send Out Cards does exactly this and so much more. You can choose a card online, type a personal message, add the mailing address and push “send.” They will print the card, put it in an envelope, stick a stamp on the card and mail it for you. They even have fonts that look like you printed it by hand. Go here to send a free card and try it out.

They are taking penmanship out of school curriculum. Some people grow up and have a hard time even reading cursive. It’s like a foreign language. It is becoming more and more common to grow up and have bad handwriting.

What do you think? Is a hand written note important? Do you have bad handwriting? Have you ever received something that you honestly couldn’t read? Share in the comments below.


  1. Nancy Lindgren says:

    I love cursive and send each package I send with my product in it with a hand written note. The note thanks them for their order and wishes them well.

  2. I’m not allowed to sign documents at work so I have to print everything.

  3. Thank you! My handwriting has never been the same since my accident in 2007. I had never thought of using Send Out Cards, even though I have an account with them.

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