Should You Open a Business Bank Account?

by : 10x Marketing



Most home business owners like piano teachers and freelance writers wait for a significant profit before opening a business bank account. But even if you are earning less than $100 a week, you may be better off opening that account sooner than later.
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The first requirement for business bank accounts is business registration with the government. You may be a sole proprietorship, general partnership, limited liability company, corporation, association or nonprofit organization. All types of businesses can benefit from a business banking account. Initiating the bank account is relatively easy: Just bring your business license and tax identification papers. The big question is which bank is best for your business?
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For a business checking account at my bank, I must keep a minimum of $1,500.00 at all times, to avoid a $7-per-month fee. What advantages do I get from my business account? It helps me keep my business income separate from other income. Tax time will be easier to manage than if I had been depositing business income into a private account. I do need to be more careful about fees that differ from my private account, though.
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Starting your home business by opening a business bank account can help you keep track of your finances. Come tax time you will be ready, and won't have to backtrack. It is no problem opening a business account, as banks want your business, especially during a recession. As long as the risks associated with your business are not high, banks will be happy to take you on as their customer; businesses make more profit than the average individual does. Before you commit yourself to a bank, research your options. If you are hoping to secure a business loan as well, ask some interest questions. Could you be getting better interest on your loan somewhere else? How do the fees compare to other banks? Are you getting a fair agreement? What does their contract look like?
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Even if you do not need a business loan now, you may later. As your business grows (let's be optimistic here) there may be an opportunity to greatly increase your profit, just with an investment. If the opportunity arises, do you have what it takes? Most small business owners don't, and that's why small business loans are common. If your business is growing, a business loan is usually a smart investment.
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After you choose a bank, go into the loan process well informed. The bank will be checking your credit history with a loan origination system or software, and processing your eligibility with "business process management tool".
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Before committing to a loan a big question should be, "What is the lowest interest rate I can get?" Don't hesitate to bargain with your banker. Although this is not typically expected, business-smart people do it all the time. Pull out your negotiating skills. Tell the bank that if they don't come down on their interest rate you will take your business to another bank. This advantage is often enough to stimulate a change, however small, in your rate. Be sure to know the facts of what competing banks offer.
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Maybe your bank is already giving you the best interest rate on the market. But consider that a bank with incredibly low interest may be too good to be true. Such rates could indicate instability at the bank. Beware of small independent banks without a long history, as they could be on the edge of going out of business. You want to be sure that the bank you select for your business is stable and secure.
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