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The Best Small Business Credit Cards, September 2014

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Small businesses often require a substantial line of credit early on to survive the start-up stage. In a perfect world, everyone would have the cash to fund their start-up but it’s not always that easy. These days, finding a bank that can lend to small businesses is extremely difficult, so one of the alternatives is to fund a business is by selecting a small business credit card from the list of best credit card deals here.

Small business credit cards have been around for a while, but some of the most well known lenders like Advanta were causalities of the economic recession. This is a list of the best small business credit cards you can find online today.

Editor’s choice

Ink Cash® Business Credit Card. My pick for the best small business credit card is the Ink Cash Business Card from Chase. New cardholders can earn $200 bonus cash back after spending $3,000 on purchases within the first three months of account opening. Cardholders earn 5% cash back on the first $25,000 spent in combined purchases at office supply store purchases, cellular or landline phone service, internet and cable TV services each account anniversary year. And can earn 2% cash back at gas stations and dining at restaurants on the first $25,000 spent in combined purchases each account anniversary year and 1% cash back on all other Ink Cash Business Card purchases.

In addition to the great cash back offer, the card comes with other perks. The Ink Cash Business Credit Card has a 0% introductory APR on balance transfers and purchases for twelve months. Owning the Ink Cash card costs nothing, as the card carries no annual fee. Finally, adding additional cardholders is a snap because again, Chase charges no fee. In terms of rewards, introductory offer and overall quality, the Ink Cash Business Credit Card is an all-around solid offer.

Ink Bold® Business Charge Card. The only charge card to make this list of best small business cards, the Ink Bold Business Charge Card is the card for the ultimate business owner. New cardholders can earn 50,000 bonus points after spending $5,000 on purchases in the first three months from account opening. That’s $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards. You’ll earn up to five points per dollar for purchases on the first $50,000 spent in combined purchases at office supply stores, and on cellular phone, landline, internet, and cable TV services each account anniversary year. This offer has an introductory annual fee of $0 for the first year and then the annual fee is $95.

TrueEarnings® Business Card from Costco and American Express. A rival to the Ink Cash card, the TrueEarnings Business Card from Costco and American Express has a tiered cash back system worthy of ranking at the top. Cash back rates of 4% for gasoline purchases at U.S. gas stations, including at Costco, for purchases up to $7,000 per year (1% thereafter), 2% on on eligible travel purchases, including at Costco, 2% at U.S. restaurants and 1% on other purchases offer cardholders the opportunity to grow their business and earn a little back. Cash back is earned only on eligible purchases. You will receive your cash back in the form of an annual reward coupon on your billing statement, which you redeem in person prior to its expiration date for merchandise or cash at any U.S. Costco Warehouse. If you use this card to pay your Costco membership each year, there is no annual fee. This card comes with a 0% introductory APR offer on purchases for the first six months. After that, your APR will be a variable rate, currently 15.24%. Terms & Restrictions Apply.

Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Credit Card from American Express. American Express is at it again, offering the Starwood Preferred Guest Business Credit Card from American Express for small business owners who frequently find themselves in hotels. For a limited time you can earn Starpoints® bonus of 10,000 Starpoints after your first purchase, providing you make your first purchase within one year of card approval, and 20,000 Starpoints after spending $5,000 on eligible purchases with the card during the first six months of Card Membership — up to a combined total of 30,000 bonus Starpoints. Offer expires 6/30/2014. Cardholders may earn 2 Starpoints for each dollar of eligible purchases charged directly with hotels and resorts participating in the SPG® program and one Starpoint for each dollar spent on eligible purchases. Terms and Restrictions Apply.

There is a $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, after that the annual fee is $65.

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Important Note! The information in this article is believed to be accurate as of the date it was written. Please keep in mind that credit card offers change frequently. Therefore, we can not guarantee the accuracy of the information in this article. Please verify all terms and conditions of any credit or charge card prior to applying.

Updated September 1, 2014 and originally published February 22, 2012. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.

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avatar Shirley Kelly

Thanks for sharing this information. It is very important to do your homework when deciding on which credit card to use. The information in this post is great for side-by-side comparison of cards and rates.

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avatar 20 and Engaged

Looking into the Chase Ink with Ultimate Rewards. Would love a card that gives me travel perks :)

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avatar Floyd

We currently use Ink Cash Business for our company & have for a while. We use it for a lot for business & sometimes have somewhat high balances, but have for years. About 3-4 years ago, our interest rate was around 12%. Now it is 25.99%. I just got off the phone with them trying to find out why. I was told “the high cost of lending money”, “the cost of the cards”, and a few others. We will be switching to a credit union. Be careful if you have monthly balances.

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avatar Roby

One awesome thing is that interest rates are sooooo low. Even though some credit companies are freaking out about having so much disclosure on their interest policies and pricing, it still ends up being advantageous to many small business owners. And when it comes down to it, that is who keeps our economy rolling.

Yay small business owners!

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avatar Jenna, Adaptu Community Manager

Thanks for sharing your reviews with us!

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avatar Jeremy

Even if you don’t plan on financing your business with a small business credit card, it is still very convenient to have one on hand. You don’t want to be putting miscellaneous business purchases on your personal credit card and then have to sort through it all later. Plus the fact that you can earn rewards or cash back with a business credit card just adds to the benefits.

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avatar Ashley Berndt

You’ve made a mistake regarding the Plum Card. Yes, it is a charge card, but you don’t have to pay in full every month like most charge cards. It has 2 payment features: the early pay discount you described, and then the defer pay feature. It let’s you carry a balance, interest free, up to 60 additional days from the payment due date. It’s like a charge card/credit card hybrid. But better than credit cards in the sense that they won’t charge you interest for carrying a balance.

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