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Why A Business Rather Than A Personal Account Is More Advisable

Apr 8, 2008
A business account is fundamentally different form a personal account. This is predominantly because it offers different services and features to meet your business needs. This is why it is important to consider your choice of account carefully, it may not always be the wisest choice to choose the bank who already control your personal finances; have a look to see what else the market has to offer. Part of your research should be enquiring what facilities each account comes with and the charges that will be applicable.

There are advantages however to opening a business account with a familiar bank. A bank that already has your personal finances under their control may be more willing to help you as a trusted and loyal customer. As part of this, a bank that you have a good record with, in terms of debt repayment and other financial transactions is likely to help more than a new bank that has no idea whether you are as good as your word.

That said there is always going to be advantages of shopping around for good deals when opening an account. By doing this it is possible to find an account package that caters for your needs precisely and ensures your business receives the financial services it deserves. As a new customer there are also often preferential rates available to you, at least for an interim period as banks often try to attract new business customers.

When choosing your business account there is a number of factors to take into consideration. It is not always the case that you will need a single business account, if your business needs it; it is possible multiple accounts will service your requirements more effectively.

Your first consideration should be whether your business will need to make frequent transactions. If it is the case that you will be carrying out a lot of transactions it is most advisable to go for a monthly fee rather than charges based upon individual transactions.

Merchant accounts are perfect if your business regularly undertakes transactions by way of credit and debit cards. Shop and retail businesses will benefit from this kind of account most as fees can be kept to a minimum.

If your transactions will be carried out abroad, a foreign currency account may well be ideal. Allowing the transfer of currencies without the charges that would be incurred if performing the task manually, this type of account can save you thousands.

If you happen to be considering taking more than one account it is worth remembering that as a multiple account holder you may be eligible for a wider number of offers and deals. The facilities you receive might also be more diverse with multiple accounts.

When in the process of opening a business account it is worth meeting with your financial advisor before signing anything, they are the experts and will be able to spot any discrepancies in the paperwork. Added to this you will need a number of documents such as proof of residence, age and income. It is also worthwhile to remember that if you are starting a limited company a Certificate of Incorporation will be needed.

It is usually advisable to keep personal and business finances separate from each other, even if you are running your operation from home. This way it is easier to extract business loans form the bank as well as other commercial related facilities. Shopping around is key to finding a great deal and giving your business the best chance for success. After all, starting out in business is an extremely difficult process; if you can create a solid financial platform to build upon it may well be possible to achieve this success.
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Financial expert Thomas Pretty looks into the benefits of a business account and considerations that must be made before visiting your bank.
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