Be Smart With A Credit Card And Use It Wisely
Owning a credit card is something that can be a very positive thing… as long as it is used responsibly. There are many ways for people to use credit cards to their advantage, but there are also ways for credit cards to get people into financial trouble. By following a few simple tips related to managing credit card usage, a credit card can be a very beneficial piece of plastic to own.
For anyone who has never before owned any sort of credit card and has never been loaned money, there will probably be very little information (neither good nor bad) on their credit report. Without a credit history, it's difficult for credit card companies to determine whether or not to offer a line of credit to a person. In this situation, the credit card companies tend to err on the side of caution and not offer a card.
However, if there is one credit card company out there willing to offer a credit card with a very small line of credit to someone with no credit history, that card should be immediately obtained. It should be used very wisely to purchase a few low-priced items, and the monthly payments for that credit card should be made on time every month.
As time goes on, this sort of spending and monthly payment behavior will allow a credit report to grow with nothing but good marks. A person's credit score can continue to grow higher and higher when they can show the ability to handle and pay for their credit card purchases.
Over time, a person's positive credit report will allow him or her to obtain either additional credit cards or credit cards which offer great interest rates and other types of benefits.
Don't Charge Too Much
Just because a credit card has been obtained does not mean it should be over used or abused. If a new credit card has a credit limit of about $1,500, it's smart to keep the balance on that card significantly lower than the maximum allowed to be charged. So, charging no more than $1,000 - at the most - is reasonable.
A credit card company issues a credit limit based on how much they believe a person can afford. And, higher balances means a significant amount of interest must be paid on the balance, which can create an amount due that is unaffordable.
If the credit card is used to charge more than the available credit limit, the credit card company will issue an over-charge fee and the user will not be able to use the card again until some of the balance has been paid.
Don’t Pay Payments Late
When it's time to make a minimum payment on a credit card balance, PAY IT! Payments should NEVER be late. Late payments can negatively affect a person's credit report, and in turn, lower a person's credit score. Making payments on time, conversely, can help a person build a good credit history and earn a better credit score.
Knowing that a credit card bill will be received in the mail on approximately the same date each month, prepare ahead of time and make sure there is enough money in the bank to send AT LEAST the minimum amount due.
Keep Credit Cards Safe
In today's world of being able to easily purchase items via telephone or the internet, it's important to keep credit cards and credit card numbers in a safe spot. If anyone non-trustworthy person were to get their hands on another person's credit card, charges could be made to that card which were not authorized by the card owner. While most credit card companies do not hold card holders responsible for unauthorized charges, it does not look good if this sort of situation happens more than once (at the most!) during a person's lifetime.
Business Credit Card - How to Find The Right Card
Depending upon the type of business you have should dictate what type of business credit card you get. Just like the needs of people vary so do the needs of various businesses. Depending upon whether or not your business is in sound financial shape, or not, should affect your credit card requirements as well. Your personal bank will regularly send you applications for their line of credit cards that might include very attractive features and benefits. Each time you get that letter it will get better.
Other companies will send you additional business credit card applications as well. Most small businesses and even large companies will take the credit card they receive first based entirely on the fact that it came from their banking institution specifically. Before even attempting to compare business credit cards, business owners, many times, end up applying for these offers because of the recognition and comfort level that the local institution provides them. Although this sounds great, it is not usually the best method. Yes, as a business, you will want a credit card as soon as possible while other card companies may not know of your existence. While your first business credit card application will typically come from your bank, once you have established yourself with the State and Federal agencies, however, the applications should start pouring in.
A new business will have a non-existent credit history and it will also have different needs that established businesses. The business credit card companies know this, and they properly anticipate that new small business owners will be seeking a business credit card sooner than later. This is where the problem comes in - when you want one as soon as possible instead of waiting to properly research and select one. But there is a much better solution to acquiring a credit card for your business.
As you may already know, the Internet is an invaluable source for information. I do not suggest applying for one until your business is registered with the state and federal agencies; however, you can surely pick and choose those that would be right for your business before those papers are registered. Once you have all your paperwork in hand, apply for the business credit card offer that most closely fits your type of business. Sounds easy enough, right?
There are some things to be aware of however. If you are a new business the credit card company will look at your personal credit history first. If you are an established company, the credit issuers will draw upon the credit history of the business entity itself, not your personal credit history. One flaw in your business' credit history could stop the application dead in its tracks.
If you are the only one in your business or company that uses the business credit card then I would recommend a business reward credit card. A business reward card can be difficult, but not impossible, to manage when you have several cards floating around among different employees. Employees holding cards might want the reward points for their own personal use and might not be willing to use the card as often as you'd like them to. This makes it harder to claim who gets what from the incentives. Do you separate out the reward points or will you use the points yourself, and if so, will others feel bad about you getting the rewards? Of course, you will not have to deal with this issue if it is only you using the card.