How to choose a business credit card?
January 23, 2019
A business loan is one of the most popular ways for businesses of every size to access necessary financing in times of needs. However, the requirements for such loans are such that many enterprises, especially new and small ones, struggle to get approved. A corporate credit card can be ideal for such businesses.
Apart from getting access to necessary funds at any time such Credit Cards also come with great benefits such as cashback, reward points, air miles and more. Also, many business owners use them for improving their credit score.
However, for many owners the plethora of options available in the market often seems confusing. If you are struggling with the same, here are a few tips to help you select small business Credit Cards:
1. Understand the differences between a personal and business credit card
A corporate card should only be used for business and not personal expenses. These cards have higher credit limits to make it easier for business owners to manage their business expenses. Many of the card providers also allow you to issue add-on cards to your employees. By understanding the differences between the two you will be better prepared to make the right decision.
These cards have higher credit limits to make it easier for business owners to manage their business expenses. Many of the card providers also allow you to issue add-on cards to your employees. By understanding the differences between the two you’ll be better prepared to make the right decision.
2. Check the business expenditure
The easiest way to know the type of credit card you should select is by going through your business expenses. Check some of the most substantial operating expenses in the past 6-8 months and use the data to choose a credit card which offers maximum rewards in those categories.
For instance, if you are spending a lot of business money on flight tickets for you and your employees, it will be wise to pick a card that offers air miles and offers on other travel-related spending.
3. Zero or minimum annual fee
Most of the business credit cards generally have a spending limit after which the annual fee of the card is waived off. Prefer such cards as this will make your card cost-free while giving you great benefits.
There are also Credit Cards with zero annual fee. While some of these cards are great, the majority of them often have higher Annual Percentage Rate (APR) which brings us to the next important tip.
4. Compare the APR
While most business owners only compare the features and benefits of the Credit Cards, it is more important to compare the APR first. The APR is the interest you are required to pay if you do not clear the entire Credit Card balance every month.
This is especially true for business owners who know that it'll be difficult for them to pay off the entire balance each month. However, don't just base your decision on the APR alone. The right Credit Card for you is the one that offers the right balance of reasonable APR and features and benefits you'll need the most.
5. Check yours as well as business' credit score
Needless to say, the bank will check yours as well as the business' credit score before approving your credit card application. Thus, it is imperative to first check the scores yourself before applying for the card.
If your credit score is not in line with the requirements of the card provider, your application will only deteriorate your credit report. This can make it difficult for you to get a credit card from other providers as well. So, before you apply for business credit card, ensure that you first check the credit score requirement of the provider.
Managing business expenses with a corporate credit card
A corporate credit card is one of the easiest ways to access funds at times of need. While the selection can look overwhelming at first, understand a few basics and remember the tips discussed above to make things easier.
If you are still unable to decide, you can also get in touch with a reputed bank to discuss your needs and they will recommend the right credit card for you.
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