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Techniques for Using Personal Credit to Help Your Business

Techniques for Using Personal Credit to Help Your Business

When you are running a business, it sometimes feels like your work and life are inseparable. They are intertwined, but you can separate those parts of your life. And you should. With the financial sector of our society becoming such a force in the American economy, your business can certainly benefit from diversifying your credit. Whether you are looking for a loan to get your business off the ground or to use credit to support your business, below are some techniques to use personal credit to help your business.

Take Out a Personal Loan

Personal loans have two different types. There are unsecured and secured loans. Secured loans require some form of collateral, which can be both beneficial and a disadvantage. For example, if you are trying to buy something for your company such as a car, you can use the vehicle itself as collateral. This enables you to take out a personal loan for a car on a fresh credit history to build your score and gain benefits on a different line of credit. Unsecured loans typically require a credit history, but they can also be used for business purposes if you can get approved for an unsecured personal loan.

Use Your Personal Credit Card

Another thing you can do is use your personal credit card for business expenses. If your credit score is solid, the interest rate will be a lot better than your business line. You will not just get the funds you need for your overhead expenses, you’ll be able to increase your credit limit and improve your score. Personal credit cards can be used for all kinds of different purposes. It doesn’t matter what you need to pay for. Using your personal credit card and transferring funds later can really facilitate the overall functionality of your business. Don’t be afraid to use your personal credit.

Consolidate Debts

The uses of a personal credit card are varied. You can even use it as a method to consolidate your debts. With multiple debts owed to a variety of lenders and more than one line of credit, you can pay off what you owe and lower your interest rate. Debt consolidation leads to a single monthly payment. Not only is it clearer, but you can also focus on paying off the debt in a specific amount of time because you will be able to budget easier. Use your personal credit card, a separate line of credit, or a debt consolidation company to help you get a handle on your business expenses.

Build Savings

While it can be a risk to integrate your personal and business finances, the modern world of business—especially tech—limits the number of people involved. Whatever your personal and business situation, you should always have savings available for a rainy day. Instead of using your savings to start the business, you should save it to keep the business growing and thriving. Using your personal credit in some fashion can help keep a sizable balance in your account. It doesn’t make a difference what your business is and what your personal life is like, savings is an essential part of financial success. An emergency fund is vital to your prosperity in just about any way.

Investing in Retirement

Depending on how old you are and what your business is like, investing in your retirement is appropriate. Putting money from your personal credit into an IRA can help you save money on taxes. You should have stability in the future. No company will be a success without the foundation of its staff. There should be longevity in your business and, therefore, in your personal life and finances.

For business owners, work and life are difficult to separate. However, in some ways integrating your business and personal finances can help you do the smart thing. Using your personal credit can change the way that you see the business’s finances and your ability to grow and thrive. Converging your personal money with your business funds feels scary, but if you know what you are doing and plan accordingly it is possible to use your personal credit history to make your life and work easier and more productive.


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by Dirk DeBie // Contributor to Businessing Magazine.

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