Putting Out with Business Credit Cards
Business credit cards have become popular as a source of financing for small businesses. The banks that issue business credit cards and many industry observers have identified small business credit cards as a potential area for significant growth. The personal credit card market is saturated, and the corporate business credit card market is relatively small.
The small business credit card market presents financial institutions with a really good business opportunity. Those banks that do offer small business credit cards noted that business owners are spending more and more every month and that they carry higher annual balances than the average personal credit card holder. This holds the promise of higher fees and interest revenue.
Generally, the business credit card carries credit limits that are double the amount of the average personal credit card. But where the personal credit card is almost pushed to the maximum of its credit limit, the business credit card’s outstanding balance is normally only about 75% of the credit limit. In spite of this, the risks on small business remain high. This is the reason why most business credit card issuers are very careful when processing and approving start-up businesses’ applications for business credit cards.
In one bank that issues business credit cards, about four-fifths of their business credit card holders have been in business for at least three years. Although this particular bank places a strong focus on developing their small business customer base, they have come to realize … Read more