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Business Credit Cards – Smart Choice For Your Small Business?

Small business credit cards can simplify many aspects of a startup business. However, there are situations that may complicate the application process for a small business credit card, resulting in a large financial burden being placed on the personal finances of the individual who applies for the card, or prevent an established business from taking full advantage of the rewards possible with a business credit card. Although business credit cards are usually the smart choice for any small business, business owners must pay attention to the structure of the business, the business plan itself, and the financial burdens that may result in the event of an early business failure.

In an age of on-line payments and multinational business ventures, many small business owners are finding business credit cards to be a smart choice for simplifying payments, organizing expenses, and expanding the capability and autonomy of employees both locally and abroad. Before diving right in and applying for a small business credit card, however, every responsible business owner should ask himself or herself: is a small business credit card the right choice for my business?

There are several factors that can help determine this, but one of the simplest is how long the company has been in existence. Until a company has been around for at least two years, many banks and credit card companies may be reluctant to draw enough conclusions about the company’s financial responsibility to approve a large line of credit. In cases such as these, whether a business credit card is approved or not will depend on the personal financial and credit history of whatever individual–from business partner to simple employee–actually puts in the application for the card. This may not be a problem in the case of a rock-solid personal finance history, but if there’s any doubt, acquiring a good business credit card may be a trickier proposition.

Another thing to watch out for in the case of a startup small business is the question of personal financial liability. Since Santa Clara County v. Southern Pacific Railroad in 1886, corporations have had the legal status of individuals, except insofar as business credit cards for startup companies are concerned. The first years of any business are the hardest, and in the case of company bankruptcy, any outstanding financial obligations based on a business credit card will be the original applicant’s responsibility to meet. In the case of a large financial obligation, this can be a disaster for personal finance. Of course this is no argument against small business credit cards in all cases–far from it. However, any company interested in setting up a small business credit card would be wise to double-check its business plan and make sure that, in the rare event that the worst occurs, a “Plan B” for paying off the credit balance is firmly in place.

Even established small businesses would do well to examine their financial needs before taking the plunge with a business credit card. In the case of a business which involves a great deal of travel on the part of its employees, a large on-line business component, or a wide variety of expenses that require the business to deal with a number of different suppliers, a small business credit card is virtually essential. However, some small businesses are largely local, largely service-based, or have only a handful of employees authorized to make purchases. In cases like this, the reluctance of a few business credit card providers to allow disputes over billing errors or payments may actually complicate expense reporting and year-end inventories–sometimes a very real problem in the case of small businesses that have expanded far beyond their original business plan or intentions, resulting in a draconian system of purchaser agreements and expense accounts. So the decision to apply for a small business credit card should be made carefully, with defined uses for the card well in place, and a possible light restructuring of the business might even be warranted in order to ensure that payment responsibilities and individual employee purchasing requirements are well-defined in order to avoid possible later problems.

With all of these caveats, are business credit cards ever a good idea? Absolutely: these caveats represent only a few problems, nothing compared to the wealth of tools a good small business credit card can provide for a burgeoning small business. A good business credit card can–and usually does–simplify inventory management and tax reporting, allow employees a greater degree of autonomy on travel, make e-commerce easy, and, depending on “rewards” or travel mileage options, can even directly offset a large share of the expenses for some businesses. So yes, a small business credit card is, in the majority of cases, the smart choice for a small business. But as with all financial matters, care should be taken to determine when that smart choice should be made, or whether the business is structured to take full advantage of it.

For more information on how to contrast and compare business credit cards in order to help secure the best card offer for your business, Robert Alan recommends that you visit CreditCardAssist.com

Small Business Administration Awards Luncheon
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Small Business Administration Awards Luncheon. by Jay Baker at Baltimore, Maryland

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Choice of genuine loan lender is crucial in small business financing.

Everyone knows now that there are options for financing .They know the types also but what is they lack is the information required by them to apply for which type that may best suit their situations. Over the years many global organizations have worked to standardize and integrate their businesses. With the help of such integration the end users would be able to access any financial information from any desired location, enhancing the organizations’ decision-making processes.

Internet is playing very crucial role in making people aware of different aspects of finance and loans. One can browse and locate members of these private sector associations who provide debt and financing to businesses. While exploring one can get to see many finance providing company’s websites that deals with this but one should be particularly diligent in researching loan lenders and only use reputable companies and trusted advisors.

Loan lenders are the one who decide whether to provide your business with financing based on an assessment of the risks and potential reward in doing business with you. The way assessment of the risk and reward of providing you with financing depends on their business model and the type of financing that they offer.

Some companies deal in a line of credit or operating loan. This is usually attached to your main chequing account and can be used to pay operational expenses, when there is not enough money in the business bank account. This type of financing is ideal when there are ebbs and flows in a business’ cash flow or one is looking for small business financing. It can allow you to continue operating normally, when you are waiting on payment from clients or during a temporary slowdown in revenues.

Line of credit can be of secured credit and of unsecured credit form. There are also some which deals in both. Entrepreneurs may also be able to secure their line of credit with personal assets. For example, many banks now allow individuals to have a home owner’s line of credit related to the equity in their home and this line of credit can sometimes be split into personal and business categories.

Choosing from them needs an analysis on company’s profile, their processing time, their credit terms, their interest rates and yes along with this one also has to assess their own funding requirements too. As sometimes to get financing, you need to demonstrate that you can pay back the money and that your venture will be profitable.

One has to be clear on the following points such as:
Is your business a start up one?
Are you developing a new product?
If you are taking to expansion of your business to new locations
If You are approaching new markets
whether you are purchasing new equipment
Since unsecured business credit line is relatively easier to procure as they do not usually require collateral, they have played an important role in the business development of smaller business houses. With the growth in credit sector there are many financial institutions working to help business owners with such credit lines. They also give a money back guarantee if they could not process the loan of min limit within specified time.

Macro business capital provides the business owners a perfect financial solution for small business financing with which they can fulfill all their business oriented financial needs with an unsecured business credit line. For more information visit at https://www.macrobusinesscapital.com/

Rio Dulce GCA – Rio Dulce Canyon
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Río Dulce ("Sweet River") is a river in Guatemala, completely contained within the department of Izabal. It is part of a lake and river system that has become a popular cruising sailboat destination.

The river begins at the point where it flows out of Lake Izabal. At the entrance to the river there is a small Spanish colonial fort, the Castillo de San Felipe de Lara, built to stop pirates entering the lake from the Caribbean when this part of Central America was an important shipping staging point.

Just after the river flows from Lake Izabal it is spanned by one of the biggest bridges in Central America. On one side of the bridge is the town of Fronteras, commonly referred to by the name Río Dulce, the local center of commerce for the area. Fronteras has a local vegetable market, attracting locals from the countryside who arrive in dugout canoes. Most of these boats are powered with Japanese outboard motors but many come to market day paddling these cayucos by hand. On the other side is the town of Rellenos.

From Fronteras the river flows east for a couple of miles. In this stretch there are several marinas and resorts. The river then flows into a long narrow lake called El Golfete. This lake has an island and a large natural anchorage. A few houses and a couple of small businesses line the shore. El Golfete is about 16 km long and a couple of miles wide.

From El Golfete the river meanders for 10 km in a spectacular gorge. The sides of the gorge rise up to 91 m on either side and are covered with teak, mahogany and palms. Wild flowers bloom throughout the foliage and howler monkeys and toucans can be seen. Waterfalls flow over the lip of the gorge after rainfall.

The river enters the Caribbean Sea near the Garifuna town of Livingston.

A great Seminar on how to get a business going without having to spend a lot of money. Justis talks about how its possible to use what he calls the three “S’s” to create successful small businesses that do what you want them to do…in other words make you money and give you freedom rather than taking money and time away from you.

This 38 minute program is a great primer on how to start any business and make it a success.

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