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Why Your Business Needs a Business Credit Card?

Jul 19, 2008
Many of us dream of becoming our own boss and running our own business. No matter you're your passion is there are many rewards and challenges when you break away and become an entrepreneur. Setting up the business can be nerve-wracking and as the boss, you have a great many decisions to make every single day.

One of these is how to finance or track expenses for your business? Are you using cash alone? How many loans should you take out? Should you get credit cards for your business expenses? These are a few of the questions that you have to answer and only a few of the business decisions you have to make.

Why should you get a credit card geared solely for your business? Shouldn't you just use whatever credit card you have with you at the moment? It's actually a great investment that you use to turn your business into a better one. You don't have to worry about interest, most business cards have 0% interest.

Here are the reasons you should consider getting a business credit card:

Business cards help you keep track of your expenses separately - this means that you don't mix up your personal expenses. It doesn't matter if you've been in the business six months or twenty years, tracking expenses can be a hassle. Anyone who has counted receipts daily or at the end of the month knows this. Business credit cards include all charges made to your account. You can easily see which ones are authorized every single month when you receive your statement. You don't even have to wait till the end of the month because most credit card providers actually let you access your statement online, every day, free of charge. No twenty minute wait to speak to a customer service representative. Your daily expenses are right there, on your screen, any time you want it.

This is also a great way to keep track of your personal expenses versus that of your company. A lot of business owners pour a lot of their personal finances into the business without realizing how much they are actually putting in. A business credit card will help you remedy that and you can actually see how much you're spending. This means that it'll help you keep your credit history clean in the event that the business fails. Business credit cards can be used to establish a separate credit history for your company. Just register it with a credit bureau and you should be able to keep your head above the water if something goes wrong in the future. By tracking expenses (easily done) you can build a great credit history for your business that will also reflect on you.

Your business credit card will probably have the option to give your employees extension credit cards. This an easy way to track employee expenses, especially if it's done in the name of the business. You can easily see if that business dinner was really a business dinner. It's also a great way to see how much money you are actually spending.

If you're savvy and careful about using your business credit card strictly for business, then you will have no problem using business credit cards. You'll be surprised that you've managed so long without them!
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Shyr Miles is the author of Why Your Business Needs a Business Credit Card? visit http://www.bizcreditcards.org.
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