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How To Get The Credit You Need For Your Small Business

Aug 17, 2007
Getting credit for your small business can be as difficult as getting personal credit. The first place you want to start is with a bank. Most small businesses have to start with some type of bank loan to cover starting costs. The best way to approach the banker is with a complete business plan. Don't pass over the small things. Start with a mission statement and other documented commitments. Then move into projected profits and secondary plans of action if the first one fails. With a complete business plan a bank is more likely to extend credit.

After establishing credit with a bank under your business's name it is then possible to apply for a business credit card. With a business credit card it is possible to make purchases for things you need in a hurry. You never know what is going to happen from one day to the next and might need to come up with fast money. For example, there might be a day when one of your office machines breaks down and is not fixable. With a credit card it is possible to get a new one with out it becoming a problem. There are some offices that can not maintain a normal working day without a fax machine or a computer.

Many of the credit card companies do offer rewards and incentives to use their card. These can be frequent flyer miles or cash back after spending a certain amount. They can also be a valuable tool for someone who has to be on the road a lot. There are rewards attached to different cards that can get you a discount at certain hotels or cheaper meals. It is not a good idea to carry cash, if a credit card is lost or stolen it is usually easy to replace. Any charges made with the card after it is reported stolen are not put onto the account.

One the best features of using a credit card for a small business is that you get a statement of your spending every month. This is great for the person who doesn't have time to do an accounting of their spending on a daily basis. It is especially handy for multiple card accounts to keep track of what everyone else on the account is spending. These statements can help when it comes to tax time, to figure out the nontaxed business related expenses.

Establishing a line of credit this way is good for a small business. There are some large businesses that will not collaborate with a small business until they achieve a certain credit rating. So get out there and spend, pay your bills on time, and have a successful business.
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Gregg Hall is an author living in Navarre Beach, Florida. Find more about this as well as business books at http://www.executivebusinessbooksummaries.com
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