Business Charge Cards
Another type of card that you may want to consider using is a business charge card.
So what is a business charge card?
It’s a specific kind of credit card that has all the convenience of a credit card without all the costly interest.
While business credit cards allow you to make purchases and carry a balance from one billing cycle to the next the disadvantage of having to pay interest on that balance can become pretty expensive. The difference with a charge card is that the purchases made must be paid in full each and every month.
Here are a few of the major advantages you should know:
- Spending Control – The built in control over spending for your business is significant because charge cards will not allow you to incur a revolving debt like a credit card.
- No Pre-Set Spending Limit – Your purchase limits will adjust with your use of the card, your payment history, credit scores, and financial status known to the issuer.
- Perks and Rewards- Getting extra perks and rewards in return for simply paying your routine business expenses is a great incentive to use a charge card.
- Protection – Several business charge cards offer insurance coverage that will replace items you’ve purchased with the card, as well as certain travel protections.
- Detailed Reports – Having a detailed expense report allows you to easily track past charges plus maintain organized annual records that allow for tracking by spending category.
Here are the four business charge cards you should consider for your small business:
- OPEN from American Express offers business card members the OPEN Savings program designed for companies with 100 or fewer employees. Some perks include 5 percent to 20 percent discounts on shipping, travel and business services.
- Diners Club International has been a leading charge card for business travelers since the 1950s. Features include club rewards, cash access, airport lounge program, a 24-hour emergency travel hotline and a rental-car insurance program.
- Universal Air Travel Plan is accepted by over 250 airlines and thousands of travel agencies for air travel, service fees and management fees. It’s best for companies that want to restrict charging to airline-related expenses.
- The American Express Corporate Meeting Card allows all event-related expenses to be charged centrally, so hotel rooms, meals, transportation, and so on, all go on a single bill.
Keep in mind that Diners Club International will self contain your payment experience and will only report to the business credit bureaus if your account becomes delinquent.
As you can see business charge cards can offer much greater rewards, protection and perks without all the headaches of interest, debt accumulation and payment reporting that affects your personal credit.
What other types of credit cards are you using for your business?
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About the author
Marco Carbajo is a business credit expert, author, speaker, and founder of the Business Credit Insiders Circle. He is a business credit blogger for AllBusiness.com, a subsidiary of Dun and Bradstreet and author of “Eight Steps to Ultimate Business Credit” and “How to Build Business Credit with No Personal Guarantee.” His articles and blogs have also been featured in American Express Small Business, Business Week, The Washington Post, The San Francisco Tribune, Scotsman Guide, Alltop, Entrepreneur Connect, and Active Rain.