It is common knowledge now that the easiest way to apply for a business credit card is to do it online. Not only does this ‘cut out the middle man’ and save valuable time, it also offers the applicant the facility to assess and review the package that the credit card provider is offering. Benefits and incentives can be weighed up against specifics within the package that may end up proving to be drawbacks for your specific needs. In addition, there is also time to be saved on the actual application; many online institutions offer an instant decision and some take as little as 24 hours.
What is not common knowledge is that many applications are turned down or delayed as the result of a few setbacks that can be avoided with a little foresight and research. As the decision to offer credit or not is going to be initially determined by the applicant’s credit score, it may be worth getting a copy of your credit rating from one of the three main credit agencies: Experian, Equifax or Hyperion. This way you can check for any errors that might have a negative impact on your application or settle any outstanding issues that may be having the same effect. Credit ratings can be applied for online, or by post, for a small fee. Other factors that are often overlooked include applying for more than one business credit card at any one time; this can impact negatively on your score and so it’s advisable to take the time to do a bit of research and decide on the one card that best serves your company’s needs, rather than hoping that a ‘blanket bombing’ campaign will eventually hit a target.
A major, but unnecessary, stumbling block for many is best described as unfamiliarity with the jargon of business credit cards. If you don’t know your APR from your monthly balance transfers, then it is well worth learning to ‘speak the lingo’. Once you have translated anything you don’t fully understand, the world of online comparison sites will be of much more use to you. These sites compare the data concerning most business credit cards in a concise format, providing you with the facility to compare and contrast the benefits of each one. However, if you are not fully au fait with the terms involved, they may prove to be more confusing than helpful.
It is also worth mentioning that many applications are refused or delayed as a result of inaccurate information being submitted on the application form; many institutions offer instant decisions on credit and this is done using computer systems. Without the middleman to check your information is accurate, it is up to you to be diligent and ensure that what is put on the online form is correct in every way.
The application process is simplicity itself: simply log-on to the website of your chosen card-provider and a series of online prompts will guide you through the process. If you are granted a business credit card, you should receive it, the PIN number and the appropriate information over the next 10 – 14 days. Alternatively, if you are still unsure, many comparison sites provide links to the application pages of most card-providers; you can assess the data at your leisure and make your decision from there.
The business credit card offers a wealth of perks and incentives, as well as providing a lifeline when cash flow becomes restricted. They offer the ability to purchase without cash and receive benefits for doing so. Preparation means you are less likely to overlook a few simple errors that could prevent you from owning and using a valuable tool.
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