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Small Business Credit Card - The Good, the Bad and The Ugly

Aug 17, 2007
A small business credit card can help your company in many ways but of course, there is a downside if you do not know what to expect from your credit card company. Many people jump right in and apply for small business credit cards, get approved and start charging before they even read over the terms and conditions, that can be a very big mistake. However, a small business credit card can also benefit your company in several ways with great rewards and introductory offers.

Small business credit cards can be very efficient, providing you with consolidated yearly statements of your company's expense charges and aids in preventing employees from overspending. With a small business credit card, you will be able to use one single payment method and monitor your monthly billing statements. This will give you a list of all the expenses and you will be able to learn just what your company really needs to spend on a monthly basis and how to budget more wisely. You will be able to give your employees their own small business credit card for your company with a pre-set limit. This will ensure that they do not spend more than you have allotted for their department, but giving them a sense of trust for purchasing items that are needed.

On the downside, a small business credit card is still a credit card, and any overspending or unnecessary charges on your part or your employees can damage your credit rating. With a credit card, no matter what kind it may be there is a tendency to overspend unless you have a pre-set limit and pay off your balance on a monthly basis. If you carry a balance, then you will of course be paying interest on the balance. If you did not apply for a small business credit card with a low interest rate, you may find yourself going in debt more than you had planned.

If you do not make your payments on time, this will be reported to the credit bureaus. Usually this does not affect your personal credit rating but it can do some damage to your company's credit and then you may find that some companies may not wish to do business with your company.

No matter what you decide regarding a small business credit card, be sure that you find the proper credit card that suits your company with a pre-set limit for spending for your employees. If you are on an introductory offer be sure you know when it will change and what happens afterwards. If you have a 0% interest rate and it will change in 6 months, be sure you know what the new interest rate will be. This can save your company quite a bit of money and yourself many headaches.
About the Author
For more on using a small business credit card to take control of your business, Robert Alan recommends that you visit CreditCardAssist.com.
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