In a previous article, I discussed the DUNS (Defined Utilization District System) and how it can be an important part of a small business's financial health. But did you know that you can also protect your small business with a business credit card? A business credit card is simply a credit card designed for business use. These cards can be issued by any business that has a valid business license and meets other basic criteria. Here are some ways that a business credit card can benefit your business.
First of all, a business credit card can help your business obtain the funds it needs to operate. The funds can come in the form of credit payments from customers who don't meet the eligibility requirements for regular business credit. Or a business can get business credit to cover expenses that it incurs in doing business. This last type of use is referred to as “expense reimbursement” business credit.
Another way that a business credit card can benefit your business is by giving you greater purchasing power. This comes in the form of higher credit limits and low interest rates. A business credit card can also give you the ability to set up payment plans so that you only pay for the items you actually purchase. This can be extremely important for business owners who want to ensure that they get paid for the things they buy.
Another way that business credit cards can benefit your business is by allowing you to keep better track of your business finances. Some business credit cards allow you to keep track of your purchases, your daily business transactions, and your cash flow. With this kind of tracking, it becomes easy to see where your money is going and if it is needed in running your business. By doing this, you can reduce the risk of mismanagement of your business funds. Also, knowing what is going out and coming to help you make decisions about the best ways to use your business credit. And, with all the information you can obtain, it becomes easy to see where your money is really going.
Business credit cards that offer rewards are also extremely beneficial to business owners. Rewards come in all shapes and sizes. In some cases, credit cards offer cash back or merchandise. However, most business credit cards feature rewards that allow customers to save on items or services, get discounts, or cash back for purchases made at certain merchants.
When you apply for a business credit card, there are a few things you need to look for. First of all, you want to make sure the business credit card you get offers a high interest rate. The lower your interest rate, the better off you will be. However, you want to get a . . . . . . business credit card from a company that charges reasonable interest.
You also want to make sure that your business credit card has a rewards program. Remember that you will not get free gas if your car is clogged in traffic. No matter how good your business credit card is, if you have to pay exorbitant fuel costs, your business will not grow as much as you'd like it to. Look for a business credit card with an air mile program. This program will help you save money on purchases and reward you with air miles that can be used anywhere.
Although business credit cards do come with high interest rates, if you use them properly, they can be a great benefit to your business. Keep in mind that you want to be responsible with your money and use your new credit responsibly. Remember, you have worked hard for your business so make sure you don't abuse it by spending too much. Once you are established in your field, you can then receive higher interest rates, which will make owning your own business even more affordable.