What does it mean when you state your business as being “Sole Proprietorship”? Well, if you own a business, you may not wish to be viewed as just the owner. By adopting the word as part of your business identity, you can show potential customers that you do business only on a personal level, and not as an extension of your business. This can give your business a professional image and make you eligible for better business credit cards.
As a sole proprietor, you are the person who owns the business. It is your name (and potentially your company's name) on the business credit card. There are a number of advantages to this method of business ownership. You are able to control your finances better, because there is no one else to answer to.
But this does come with a couple of disadvantages. The first disadvantage is that your personal credit is less than perfect. If you do not pay bills on time or default on payments, you can seriously damage your credit. As it may be in your best interest to keep your business accounts open, but not your personal accounts. In this way, you can continue to use business credit cards to make purchases, but be aware of how your personal score will be affected.
As mentioned earlier, there are some business credit cards that allow you to transfer your business balance to an account held by the bank, called an account of your choice. In this way, you can continue to use your business credit card for the business purchases and avoid having to pay interest and fees on the business purchases. Be sure to read the terms of the account of your choice carefully, so that you will know what type of restrictions or fees apply. You should also check with your accountant concerning the implications of any transfers you may make.
Some business credit cards offer other services, such as providing you with a phone number that customers can call to make purchases. However, these services may actually cost you more because the business credit cards generally have higher rates of interest. Furthermore, some business credit cards provide incentives for clients to refer your business to their friends or family. This means that your business is advertised to an even larger potential customer base.
As a business owner, you want to make sure that all aspects of your business are cash flow positive. One way of doing so is through cash purchases. Any credit card that offers you the ability to make cash purchases at a certain percentage rate usually includes this service. The better credit cards will also provide you with a grace period after which you must return purchases made within that grace period or your business will suffer a penalty. Therefore, you need to carefully consider whether you want to use your credit card to promote your business or not.
Finally, don't forget about the incentives offered by business credit cards. Many companies will reward their business partners and employees for their good work by offering them travel mileage points, hotel stays, and so on. If you run a business out of your home or . . . . . . have employees that commute to work, then you could benefit greatly from using a business credit card to help you run the day-to-day operations more efficiently. Of course, be wary of business credit cards that claim you will be able to purchase new computers or laptops with your business credit card. Such credit cards usually have very high limits and, although they may sound like a great deal, they can actually cost you more in the long run.
In short, you need to weigh the pros and cons of business credit cards before you apply. Of course, you should consider how much you expect to use your business credit card versus how much you would be spending if you didn't have a business credit card. There are also many different types of business credit cards available, so you need to think about the type of business you have and the features it offers. Then you need to consider whether the benefits you get with a business credit card offset the costs you have to pay, such as for the annual fees. Then you can decide whether it's a good idea to get a business credit card or not.