Business credit cards are the most commonly used form of financing for small business owners, in fact, there's not really even a close second since credit card financing is so far ahead of all other forms of borrowing in the small business sector. According to the Meredith Whitney Advisory Group, 82% of small business owners use credit cards as a "vital part" of their overall funding strategy. Also, according to NFIB, 79% of small business owners use credit cards
Whether you’ve just started a small business, or you’ve been at the helm for some time, a business credit card can come in handy. It gives you easy access to a revolving line of credit that you can use for purchases, balance transfers or cash withdrawals - when you need them, without hassle or delay. Take advantage of 0% interest, earn rewards and bonuses, get cash-back and other perks.
Small Business Loans
Alternative lending has filled a gap left by risk-averse banks which lend primarily to the most creditworthy small businesses, and cash advance lenders that typically thrive on subprime candidates. These lenders offer key advantages over a low-cost SBA loan. In addition to speed, the requirements are less stringent and the application process is faster and easier. Alternative lenders are generally more flexible than banks when it comes to loan approval and repayment schedules and often provide cash much quicker than traditional banks can. Since these types of business loans tend to be riskier for the lender, the average interest rates are usually higher than traditional bank loans. However, many small business owners would not be able to get financing for their businesses without the help of alternative loans.
Alternative lenders are more flexible than banks when it comes to loan approval and repayment schedules and often provide cash much quicker than traditional banks can.
Since these types of business loans tend to be riskier for the lender, the average interest rates are higher than traditional bank loans. However, many small business owners would not be able to get financing for their businesses without the help of alternative loans.
Business credit cards will help you:
- Separate your personal and business credit — Having a business credit card will separate your personal and business expenses making life way easier at tax time. If you use the card for routine purchases, you can easily track, categorize, and analyze your expenses through your monthly statements.
- Provide a cash flow cushion — Does your cash flow ever lag from a decrease in sales or a delay in payments? A business credit card would let you pay expenses and make purchases – stretching your dollars without dipping into your cash flow.
- Establish and improve your business credit — There’s an easy way to build your business credit responsibly: small business credit cards. Just pay your bills on time, keep your balance manageable, and stay within your credit limit – and before you know it, your business credit scores will rise.
Ready to get started with one of these business credit card tools or do you just have general questions? Give the credit experts at NCH a call today at 1-800-508-1729.