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10 Reasons why You Should Have a Business Credit Card

Aug 17, 2007
There are lots of good reasons that you should have a credit card specifically for the use of your business, in the name of your business. A lot of them are no different than the reasons that you have a credit card for yourself. Here's a list of the top ten reasons that you should have a business credit card.

1. A business credit card lends your business legitimacy. The fact that a credit card company issues a credit card to your business signals other merchants that they consider your business credit-worthy.
2. It's far easier to track monthly expenses with a credit card. When you make purchases for your business on credit, you have your monthly account statements to help you track where the money went.
3. Your monthly account statements also serve as a backup to receipts when it's time to do your own books and declare income and losses for tax purposes.
4. Your employees can use your business account to make purchases for the company, or for business expenses when traveling for your company, making it far easier to track and assign expenses than having expense accounts submitted and reimbursed.
5. Many business cards offer the same benefits and rewards as personal credit cards, including discounts on products for your business and cash back or rewards on purchases from participating merchants.
6. Purchases made on many cards qualify for special insurance protections from the credit card company. If something goes wrong with your purchase, and the merchant won't return your money, you can dispute the charge on your account.
7. A business credit card allows you to build a positive credit history for your business. This will be a major benefit if you're seeking a line of credit or loan to expand your business in the future.
8. Being able to charge your purchases can often allow you to take advantage of cash discounts on purchases. Many companies that deal with business to business products offer special terms when products are paid for in full at the time of purchase or within 30, 60 or 90 days. Charging them to your business credit card nearly always counts as a 'cash' purchase rather than a financed one.
9. For all the to-do about high rates of interest on credit cards, they're generally considerably lower than merchant credit accounts. In fact, you can avoid interest altogether by paying off your account each month. If you must carry a balance, though, it makes sense to carry it at the lowest interest rate that you can find - and even earn rewards or discounts while you're at it.
10. Use business credit card rewards for business expenses such as travel and lodging on business trips.

In short, having a business credit card makes excellent sense for your business. If you're considering applying for business credit, you can find everything you need to compare credit card offers at some really great comparison sites. From comparison charts that let you see card features side by side to informative advice about credit cards, debt and financing, mthey can help you find the best credit cards for yourself and your business.
About the Author
Jon Francis has been involved with finance for many years! With an in-depth knowledge of the credit card UK market help helps others get the best from a credit card.
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