When you run a business, you have a plethora of responsibilities that must be covered.
Hiring the right talent, keeping your company on budget, making sure your customers are happy etc. are just some of the things that can leave business owners counting sheep at night.
One area of importance that may oftentimes get overlooked is finding the right business credit card. Whether you are using a merchant card for customer transactions or one for business expenses that you and/or your team will use, means finding the right credit card provider that offers both stellar customer service and a price everyone can agree on.
Know the Numbers
First and foremost, make sure when selecting a card for your business that you do your research.
Keep in mind that not all cardholders are alike. Some may state they have great deals for you, but you will find after reading the fine print that it is not that great after all.
Ways to go about landing the right card include:
- Research Â Take to the Internet and review a half dozen or more card provider websites. Make sure the information they report jives with what you need. Also view their social media pages to see if they have courteous and prompt responses to customer inquiries;
- Pricing Â Look to see what their APR rates are (see more below). Given these numbers can and oftentimes change over time, you do not want to get locked into a card that will ultimately be bleeding you money over time;
- Referrals Â Check with others (family, friends, businesses you are on good terms with etc.) to see who they recommend. In todayÂs financial world, a business recommendation can go a long way.
According to Jeffrey Weber of SmartBalanceTransfers.com, for most consumers, especially those intending to use their new credit card for purchases, a 0% APR credit card for balance transfers and purchases can provide the best value. ÂUnfortunately, the number of credit cards offering a 0% APR on both purchases and balance transfers has become somewhat limited in recent years. However, a few credit cards still offer these deals,Â Weber noted.
For the man or woman running their own business, credit cards are all but a necessity in todayÂs financial world.
Online Shopping Continues to Grow
Take note that many more consumers are now turning to online shopping to make product and service purchases. If you donÂt have a credit card option for them, you can be missing out on a substantial revenue collection.
Secondly, there is a very good chance when running a business that your employees will either need a business credit card to make purchases (office supplies etc.) or for when meeting with current and potential clients (meals etc.). Without a credit card in hand, these transactions can be made more difficult.
If you do not already have a business credit card, take the time now to shop around and sign up with the provider that offers the best service and prices.
When you do, take credit yourself for making a good deal for your business.
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About the Author: Dave Thomas writes for a variety of websites on topics such as human resources and running a small business.