What Makes Small Business Credit Cards Different From Corporate Cards

What Makes Small Business Credit Cards Different From Corporate Cards

Everyone in business is aware that business credit cards have become increasingly popular. Business credit cards have been receiving special attention from credit card issuers: They recognize the business potential created by the rising demand for business credit cards among small and home-based businesses, and are intent on tapping into it.

The major credit card companies designed business credit cards purposely to address the needs of these small and medium sized companies. Wherever you look – on the Internet, radio and broadcast media, newspapers and other print media – you will find the card issuers advertising these business credit cards, and that the adverts specifically target small to medium enterprises. The point: to inform their target market about the features and benefits of their specific business credit card offerings.

So, how did the business credit card companies design their small business credit cards? Although there are variations from one business credit card package to the next, the basic features generally cover cash discounts for purchases of business-related supplies, a wide array of opportunities for rewards, travel privileges, frequent flier miles, and very low annual percentage rates for balance transfers in their introductory periods. The small business credit card holder also receives periodic reports as rule, which summarizes purchases made on the business credit card account. These reports can normally be viewed online and can be downloaded into a QuickBooks file.

Like small business credit cards, large corporations have equivalent corporate business credit cards. These are markedly different because corporate business credit cards (or simply corporate credit cards), are specifically designed for the corporation itself and not for the individuals inside the corporation. Once a corporation decides to apply for a corporate credit card, the officers enter into negotiations with the credit card issuers to hammer out the specific features of the card and how the business credit card will integrate with the company’s finances and financial systems.

The corporate business credit cards are usually distributed to employees to use for those expenses they would normally incur on behalf of the company. Like small business credit cards, corporate credit cards also track the expenses incurred by each cardholder and individual reports are submitted to management. Because of the different, and often more complex, expenses incurred by large corporations, the system of reporting generally requires a specialized software application to resolve these financial complexities.

The single most significant difference between small business credit cards and corporate credit cards is the mode of payment. Generally, for small business credit cards, the credit card is the responsibility of the primary individual applicant who is also responsible for paying the balances or installments due. In the case of the corporate credit card, the credit card is issued in the name of the corporation. Primary responsibility for payment thus resides with the officers of the corporation.

The process of issuing a corporate business credit card is much more complicated than that of a small business credit card. For the small business owner who wishes to apply for a business credit card, it is quite simple actually; there are even websites where you can compare the different business credit cards and submit online applications once a choice is made. This is a luxury that a large corporate in need of a business credit card account, simply does not have.

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