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Monthly Archives: July 2018

Business Credit Cards

Some business owners take matters into their own hands by funding these expenses from their personal stash. However, using personal credit cards for business ventures is a risky-business since you assume total liability. If your company, God forbid, is ever sued or goes under, you risk losing your personal possessions and the good credit rating that took you years to build.

Now what if there was a way to free up some of that needed money you are currently using to support your business, by matching some of your expenses with items your business is already buying on a regular basis? Well, there is and it is in the form of business credit cards.

In other words, if you dish out $500 cash each week on realty supplies to make repairs on your properties, but now instead you make those same purchases using business credit cards for just one month, that would temporarily free up $2000 cash from your usual operating budget.

Of course, you are responsible to pay the balances on any business credit cards you receive, but that would be over a period of time giving you enough occasion to make a profit from the $2000 utilized on the business credit cards before the first payment is due. Are you seeing how having business credit is to your advantage? Let’s go a little further.

Business credit cards are a pretty darn quick way to get resources for short-term needs and at the same time they can increase your business’s purchasing power. But it has to be used economically and not to go all out on spending sprees just because it is available.

Other advantages include:

• Business owners with a limited credit file or credit history can apply without providing the stringent requirements of traditional banks.

• It is much easier to make purchases online and make cash withdrawals from these credit lines.

• Bookkeeping becomes simplified with the use of monthly statements and year-end statements to track expenses and pay taxes.

• Unlike installment loans, business credit cards offer discounts and rewards that can be used toward air travel and the like.

• Business credit builds credit. By paying on time and paying more than the monthly minimum fee, incentivizes lenders to increase credit limits and lower interest rates.

Merchant Accounts

The various pros merchants services offer

1. Increased sales: Yes, this is right, as credit card orders are these days are larger in number than check & cash orders.

2. Faster checkout: It speeds up the checkout line because accepting credit card payment is instant and easy.

3. Cheaper than cash: It is cheaper to accept cards due to the huge order amounts.

4. Security: Dealing with cash needs more security, as the risk involved is high. Dealing with heavy amount can lead to troubles and there is also the possibility of employees giving out the wrong change amount.

5. More choices: The more payment options you offer to the customers, the more you decrease the probability of losing the sale.

The limited cons

1. Cost: Accepting credit cards involves cost similar to every other cost the business incurs. A good approach is taking it as a cost of doing business.

2. Fraud: Degree of internet fraud or risk is possible to some extent. However, such possibilities are extremely rare.

3. Charge backs: It is important to abide by the rules of credit card company’s rule. In this way, consumers are more safe when paying with card and win against the merchants while disputing a charge.

Which businesses are classified as high risk?

When the credit card industry realizes that a particular business is high risk, they conclude that the business model poses higher level of risk as compared to the traditional business. It is important to ensure that the payment processing account is well established and doing business will bring profits to the business as well as the merchant service providing company.

Here, the processing company has to manage the risk and reward, the merchant needs to be fully equipped to do business without going through over inflated charges. As understood, with any service, few companies charge unfair fees and provide incompatible services; hence, it is important to go for the best business company. High risk is involved in companies that are:

1. Involved in morally ambiguous industries
2. Process card-not present transactions
3. Sell products and services to international countries
4. Use risky sales methods
5. Transacts high average dollar amount

Credit Counseling

It is a practical approach to tackling all kinds of debt and these agencies offer solutions based on the credit situation of the consumer. People should understand that there cannot be a general solution to everyone’s debt issues as each individual is different. Hence, credit counseling agencies or companies can assist people on an individual basis, based on their ability to make payments, total available financial assets, total amount of debt, annual income and so on. The credit counseling agencies are present in countries around the globe and it is easy to approach any of these agencies when one is in need of their services.

It works for most people as they get to find practical solutions to their debt issues, which they can adhere to. Besides, they help the people in negotiating with the creditors and reaching settlement agreements, which make it possible for the borrowers to consolidate and reduce their total debt in due course of time. Also, the credit counseling agencies can assist the borrowers in applying for loans (both secured & unsecured), which can help them in clearing the debt amounts in a short period of time.

The agency can let people make realistic monthly budget which they can easily adhere to. People who take the help of these agencies can realize their financial goals and manage their money in an efficient and effective manner. In the end, people can find a balance between their expenses and income, and wisely use their available credit, so that they can achieve their goal of getting relief from debt and be financially stable.

Advantages of credit counseling services

  • People can achieve better understanding of their credit standing and financial situation;
  • They can arrange for the borrowers to make a single payment every month;
  • They can also assist in lowering the interest rates of the borrowers;
  • People do not have to face the calls of collection agencies and will not have to negotiate with the creditors on their own;
  • People will also be assisted in getting loans.

Going Debt Free

In regards to challenging your every belief, it is a fact of the modern financial system that loans generally incur higher interest rates. For example, let’s say Ford Motor Company goes to your bank. The company pays interest that is a fraction over the prime rate, which is the lowest rate banks charge their favorite customers. You, for sure, are paying several points over the prime.

You may not be able to change the fact the bank gives Ford a better interest rate than it gives you. But you can control, to some degree, the interest rate you pay based on the amount of money you borrow.

Look at the interest schedules on your credit card bills. You will see information that tells you something like this: On the balance up to $2,000, the finance charge is 18 percent annually, while on the balance over $2,000, you pay 12 percent. Remember, these numbers are generalized.

You may owe $2,000 or more in credit card bills, but if that debt is spread over several cards with low but lingering balances, you are paying the 18 percent on every penny. And if you pay the minimum amount due to each creditor every month, you will carry 18 percent until all balances go to zero.

Mastering a debt free plan can be achieved by strategically refinancing your debt. In fact, you can renegotiate and finance smaller loans as well as larger ones. However, be careful. Make sure you can benefit from the refinancing before you renegotiate.

Suppose you have an auto loan at 10 percent, and your bank is willing to lend you the money to pay it off at 7 percent. Sounds like a good deal, right? Well, maybe. If a big part of the loan has been paid off, refinancing may not be worthwhile because the new debt is usually paid off over a longer period of time and will ultimately cost more.

Payday Loan Refund

Customers may seek compensation or a refund for a number of reasons. According to research studies, about 30% complaints are about lenders who take out money via a recurring payment. About 20% customers filed complaints that fraudulent loans were taken out in their names. Below are some of the common reasons you may file a complaint about a payday loan lender.

Fraudulent loans

Lenders have to verify a customer’s identity before issuing loans. Unfortunately, the verification is not done very carefully. As a result, many customers end up filing cases that loans were taken out in their names. If this has happened to you, contact the lender right away. If they don’t seem to help you, go to the Financial Ombudsman Service.

Harassment

As far as calls or text messages goes, it is difficult to decide what is considered harassment. Lenders are not supposed to make a call or send you a message after 8pm; however, if they do, you can sue them.

Recurring payments

Typically, the collection of payday loan repayments is done through CPA. It authorizes the lender to make a request for money to your bank. But they are meant to spell it out as well as explain the way you can go about canceling payday loans. Besides, they let you know prior to taking money out. Here it is important to note that some lenders keep trying all day long if the money is not deposited in their account in the morning, which means you, the customer, may be charged a good amount of money.

Unclear Repayment amount

Make sure the repayment amount is clearly mentioned on the lender’s website. On some lenders’ sites, you can find sliding scales that you can use to know the total cost of your loan. You can go for a refund if the repayment amount is not clear.

Your financial situation

Lenders consider a lot of factors, such as your age, employment, mental health, income, credit history and income before giving money out. If they have not done the checks and you can’t afford the repayments, you ask for a refund.