How Fundable is Your Business?

How Fundable is Your Business?Fund • a • bil • i • ty – [adj. Fuhnd-uh-bil-i-tee]

You won’t find “Fundability” on Dictionary.com, so don’t bother looking. Fundability is a phrase we’ve coined to describe how a business measures up in relation to the entire business lending and investing community.

All joking aside, how “Fundable” is your business?

Fundability is not just about your credit. It includes several components that determine how your overall business is seen by lenders, investors, insurers, suppliers, and more. Basically, we know that your business was worth the risk for you, but is it worth the risk for them?

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How Small Business Owners Can Achieve Debt Stability Without CARD Act Protections

Odysseas Papadimitriou, CEO of CardHub.com

Small business owners are basically living in the dark ages.  No, I’m not referring to the aversion many mom and pop stores seemingly have to the power of web-based marketing or even how tough it is to become successful in the currently gloomy economic climate.  Rather, I’m talking about the fact that politicians and financial regulators don’t seem to think that small business owners are worthy of the same rights and protections as the general consumer population.

While the CARD Act of 2009 has proven to be a huge success – adding transparency and fairness to the personal finance industry – it doesn’t apply to credit cards branded for business use.  That’s alright, you might be thinking; small business credit cards are just different, right?

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The Predicament of Personal Guarantees For Business Credit

So you have your new corporation or LLC formed… great! Now the next task on your list might be to build credit for it, but how do you do that?

In many ways, building credit for a new business is much harder than building personal credit. With the latter, there are a plethora of entry-level cards for students and people with no credit history. Unfortunately, you will be unlikely to find starter cards like that for businesses.

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Should You Use a Personal Credit Card for Business Expenses?

As a small business owner, many responsibilities fall on your shoulders. And, as time is money, you probably multi-task to increase your efficiency whenever possible – such as when running errands and making purchases.

There’s nothing wrong with a little bit of multi-tasking to increase efficiency. But there’s one practice you’ll want to avoid – using your personal credit card for business expenses. Many professionals have done this at one time or another, so it probably seems like there’s nothing wrong with this practice but there are four clear advantages to keeping your personal and professional purchases separate. Continue reading