Credit cards that are available for small businesses through either unsecured or secured opportunities can be used to help build a better credit history, establish a more positive credit score, or even repair a business’s bad credit score, which will all be beneficial for a company in a variety of ways when it comes to financing and costs in other areas. Like a typical consumer, a business’s credit score can have both positive and adverse effects on financing opportunities and overall costs associated with things like small business loans, as a more positive credit score can lead to lower interest rate costs if a company is in need of a small business loan to grow and expand.
For this reason, both secured and unsecured credit cards may be used by a particular business in order to either establish a firmer financial ground and credit score or repair any damage that a business’s credit history may have taken due to financial problems arising from the recession or simple poor business practices. Like consumers, businesses can be hurt by spending beyond their means to repay or by simple economic downturns which may have led to fewer consumers purchasing goods and services and, as a result, a business simply limping along when it comes to repaying their debt obligations. When a business does not meet their payment requirements on credit cards or other financial obligations, this will obviously reflect poorly not only with financial institutions and lenders, but there are some vendors who may charge higher costs or refuse to work with a company, and this will obviously be a step in the wrong direction for any budding or even well-established business.
An article on LATimes.com stated that while, again, good credit can be helpful for small businesses not just for acquiring better payment terms from banks, but from vendors as well, and it was stated that even in cases where financing may not be available, “It’s smart for a small business to start building a credit history before it needs one,” since a business that simply have a good credit position will benefit financially in the future if, again, a loan is needed or their vendors factor in a business’s credit score and repayment history into payment terms they may offer a particular company.
While simply paying bills on time and keeping debt low can be helpful for any company or consumer, businesses who are in a position where they need to begin establishing their credit history will have to review the credit card options that may be available for them in order to find the best possible fit for their financial needs. Many cards for businesses may offer rewards or perks, but businesses that are simply looking to establish their credit history will obviously want a card with an affordable rate, few or no fees, and a credit line that will help them make certain purchases that may be necessary for their business, but in these cases, businesses must also be wary of their credit card practices.
Finding a credit card that is suitable for a particular company can be helpful, but spending within a company’s means to repay, making prompt repayments from month to month on credit card purchases, and again, simply implementing smart financial practices so that debt does not get out of control all reflect well on a business’s credit history and score so that if financing from a small business loan, for example, may be necessary in the future, the company stands a better chance of finding more affordability and better terms when they have excellent credit.