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DO NOT USE YOUR PERSONAL CREDIT CARD TO FINANCE YOUR BUSINESS

January 30, 2012 9:45 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Credit cards offer a quick way to get cash advances, purchase equipment, finance inventory, etc.  A quick phone call to your credit card company can cause an increase of your credit limit and can offer immediate availability of funds. However, as a business owner, you must know that in many cases, credit cards can become a problem if used to finance your business.  Business advisors highlight the following reasons why you should stay away from credit cards when funding your company:

  • Credit cards can have a higher interest rate than a business loan, or start with a lower and attractive interest rate but convert to a much higher rate after a promotion ends) or if your payments are late.
  • Higher balances with credit cards have a negative effect on your credit score and can make it difficult to qualify for a business loan later on.
  • You may be personally liable when using personal credit cards for your business.
  • It’s easy to get maxed out and you can accumulate debt quickly that can be difficult to overcome.

Before using a personal credit card for to fund your business, consider a business loan.  Many lenders offer short-term or long-term business loans depending on what your needs are, and most times like with equipment financing, it uses the same assets that you are purchasing as collateral for the loan. 

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