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What is my best strategy for start up Business

Moneyproblems12
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What is my best strategy for start up Business

I plan on starting a business next year. I currently have a 5,000  and 2,500 dollar credit limit with discover,  and 700 and 550 with capital one. I need a way to get started. I was thinking credit cards were the way to go for a while. I likely wont get approved for a loan since my credit score is around 670. 

What do you guys think? Which companies would give me the highest limit? Thanks in advance. 

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Remedios
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Re: What is my best strategy for start up Business

Are you looking for advice on business cards or personal cards? 

 

Since both types have their own forums, we should keep those two topics separate

 

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Moneyproblems12
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Re: What is my best strategy for start up Business

I'm not sure which would be better for me. I am going to be a sole proprietor, but wont have any income verifications for the first year. So maybe personal? I know discover doesnt let you apply if it's your first year in business. 

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sxa001
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Re: What is my best strategy for start up Business


@Moneyproblems12 wrote:

I'm not sure which would be better for me. I am going to be a sole proprietor, but wont have any income verifications for the first year. So maybe personal? I know discover doesnt let you apply if it's your first year in business. 


I would recommend going with a business card if the expenses are for your business, I don't personally have any experience with business cards but I can tell you that if you are starting a business you should incorporate and if you put the business expenses on a personal card you will lose the liability protections.   I am not sure what kind of business you are trying to start but mixing personal and business expenses sounds too messy I wouldn't suggest going that route.  You want the records to be separate.  The business card will likely require a personal guarentee but the business accounts won't show up on your credit report (I am 99% sure of this but someone can correct me if I am wrong).

I would advise asking in the business credit forum, I read in there a bit to learn and there is some good advice.  Some folks seem to go with the business loans option or they open store accounts where they can to start building business credit but the other forum is probably the best place to discuss.





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Moneyproblems12
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Re: What is my best strategy for start up Business

Thank you. I'm starting a massage therapy business. I will post in the other section. Thanks 

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Remedios
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Re: What is my best strategy for start up Business

@Moneyproblems12  I'll leave this one open for personal cards suggestions unless you want me to lock it 

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Loquat
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Re: What is my best strategy for start up Business

If you're looking for personal cards in efforts to make your profile more favorable for business card approvals I would suggest seeking out a decent credit union.

There are several out there and plenty of good info on this here forum about them. They're more likely to work with you on a personal cards with a 670.

Lots of companies will require a PG for business credit when your business is new so having a stellar personal profile will make obtaining such in the future a little easier.
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SouthJamaica
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Re: What is my best strategy for start up Business


@Moneyproblems12 wrote:

I plan on starting a business next year. I currently have a 5,000  and 2,500 dollar credit limit with discover,  and 700 and 550 with capital one. I need a way to get started. I was thinking credit cards were the way to go for a while. I likely wont get approved for a loan since my credit score is around 670. 

What do you guys think? Which companies would give me the highest limit? Thanks in advance. 


It's doubtful that you'll be able to get a business credit card when just starting out. But if you can, that would be great.

 

One type of credit you might be able to get at the outset is "net 30" financing from a vendor. If you will have one or more suppliers, ask them to give you a "net 30" account, which means they bill you and you have to pay within 30 days. That helps your  business credit.

 

If you use your personal credit cards, be sure to keep careful records that these were your capital investments in the company.  Talk to a bookkeeper or accountant at the beginning, so that you don't create a difficult situation later for tax and bookkeeping purposes.

 

 


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