A few months ago, I realized that I desperately needed a loan to make ends meet. I thought long and hard about different ways to make a little extra cash, but borrowing was my only real option. I decided to work with a lender in my area to borrow money, and then afterwards, I devised a plan to pay it all back before I paid very much interest. It was difficult to learn to budget, but the results were well worth the effort. I was able to pay back the debt and set aside a little for a rainy day. Check out this blog to learn more about creating a budget to repay debt.
Making sure you choose the right financial institution for your small business can seem relatively straight forward – simply opt for the place with the lowest fee business checking account. Although this method works for the short term, it can result in long term headaches. You want to make sure the bank you choose now can continue to serve the needs of your business as it grows. The following are a few business banking services you should look for.
As a fledgling small business your payroll may be small and straightforward enough that you are comfortable handling it yourself. This may not stay feasible as your business and your staff grows. Many banks offer payroll services, usually as a low cost addition to one of their more standard business banking accounts. Knowing this service is available can help you plan future growth with a lot less stress.
Few successful businesses get there without at least once loan to provide capital at some point. A bank that provides small business loans at a competitive rate is a good source for a capital loan when you are ready to grow or upgrade your business. Often, a small loan requires less paperwork and may be easier to qualify through an institution where you already have accounts.
Corporate card services
Providing necessary staff with a corporate credit card allows you to cover expenses without the need for complicated and time consuming expense reports. Most financial institutions provide some sort of corporate credit for businesses, just make sure your smaller business qualifies for this perk. In some cases, these are even reward cards. This means if the cards provide air miles, you can also use them to gain a discount on your company travel expenses.
Will you be providing any point of sale purchases, either in person or online? If so, then you need a way to take credit and debit cards. Check out the merchant services offered by the banks you are looking at to make sure they meet your needs, both in what they offer and in the fee levels. If you need mobile transaction options, such as for trade shows or festivals, then it's important that you know your bank can provide it.
Choosing a bank that provides these services isn't enough. You must make sure that your small business qualifies and that the services meet your specific needs. For more help, contact a bank in your area to discuss the needs of your business.