In 2007, I plan on creating an official business entity (LLC) to handle any income not coming to me from my day-job employer. As I do more work online, I’m dealing with more expenses, so I’m going to look into getting a business credit card. Having a card with no annual fee is important to me, while interest rate is not. My business expenses should remain well below income, but as a Type B credit card user, I make the most of the grace period. So here are my best options:
Discover® Business Card
Introductory APR: 0% for 12 months
Annual Fee: $0
This card offers 5% cash back on office supplies, 2% back on gas, and 1% back on everything else. This is probably my first choice card.
Here’s one more card to round out the collection.
Chase Business Rebate Visa Card
Introductory APR: 0% for 12 months on purchases and balance transfers
Annual Fee: $0
If you entertain clients, which I do not, this may be a good choice for your small business. Here you get 3% cash back on purchases at restaurants, gas stations, office supply stores, building supply stores, and hardware and home improvement stores. Everywhere else, the card offers 1% cash back.
In some cases, the best solution may be a combination of cards. For example, I might use the Chase card when paying for dining out and filling up the tank, the Discover® Card for office supplies, and either for everyday purchases.
Updated January 7, 2016 and originally published December 27, 2006.