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COVID-19 Update:

As an essential business, we’ve been blessed to stay busy. We’re open, fully operational, and committed to providing the highest level of customer service. But let’s be honest: Covid-19 sucks! While Northwest Registered Agent can’t make face masks or work on medical breakthroughs, we can help you stay in business or start a new one. For those struggling, we’ve never charged a late fee and if you’re a current customer and can’t pay your bill, that’s okay. We don’t need to adjust our systems or offer you a coupon code. If you can’t pay us—don’t—we’ll float you as long as possible. We witness our country’s resilience every day as we’ve been flooded with orders from people starting new businesses. While most of our Corporate Guides are now working remote, our efficiency has gone down, but we’ve hired 17 new people since March 1, and we’re figuring out how to hire remote workers better. We’re ramping up for the future, whatever that means for all of us. Thanks for the opportunity to help serve you along the way.

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5 Things To Know Before Getting A Credit Card For Your Business

In order to propel your business forward and make purchases that will help expand your company, you will most likely need to obtain a business credit card. Here are five things to consider when going through your options:

1. Business Credit Card Deals That Seem Too Good

Watch out for offers that seem too good because they probably are. If you receive offers with tantalizing 0% rates, they will most likely get you with high rates elsewhere or have the true details hidden in the very fine print.

2. Hidden Business Credit Card Fees

Read the fine print before you fully agree and sign a contract you won’t be able to get out of. There can be hidden rates, fees, and obligations hiding in the details of the terms and conditions.

3. Long-Term Credit Card Contracts

Watch out for gimmicks. You will probably face multiple credit card offers in the mail, each one with a more enticing offer than the next, such as a “free credit report.” If the offer seems too good, there are likely strings attached and an involved, long-term contract. Don’t sign a long-term contract. This is a way for credit card companies to trap you into staying with their service even if you become dissatisfied. Don’t get locked-in because there will usually be a large termination of contract fee if you decide to cancel.

4. Business Credit Card Benefits

Look for a card with the right benefits. If you will be spending thousands of dollars on your credit card, your company can stand to gain quite a few benefits, such as air miles or other points. There are websites available where you can compare hundreds of credit cards to see which one best serves your business’s situation. Look for a low interest rate, low annual member fee, and a good sign up bonus.

5. Your Business Credit Card’s APR

Don’t ignore the APR (this is your annual percentage rate). If you don’t pay off your card each month, you will be charged interest. The amount of interest you pay ties into your APR. You will end up paying less in interest if you have a low APR and strive to keep your balance low. If you have a high APR, expect to pay more in interest, especially if you have a high outstanding balance each month. If a credit card company offers you a low or 0% interest introductory rate but later raises it to a high APR, it can affect the amount of interest you end up paying on your balance.

Deciding which credit card to get for your business is a big decision with many variables that can affect your finances in the long run. Make sure to research and compare APR and introductory interest rates, read the fine print, and watch out for offers that seem too good to be true.

Corporate Compliance
by Local Corporate Guides®