What are my financial obligations as a credit card holder?
Obtaining a business credit card usually means accepting personal liability for all charges and debts on the card. As Nerdwallet points out, you'd be on the hook even if your business fails.1 That's a financial risk you should be aware of when you apply for a card. The risk is balanced by the opportunity to build a good business credit history by managing your spending well and paying your credit card bills on time. This can help you later on if you want to apply for a small business loan or line of credit.
What does the application process involve?
Once you've done some research to select the credit card that's right for your small business, you can apply for a card. You'll need to determine whether the lender you select requires you to apply in person at a local branch or accepts mail-in, phone, or online applications.
Generally, banks will only accept business credit card applications from someone who qualifies as an authorized officer of the business. An authorized officer has the legal right to borrow from financial institutions on behalf of the business, as noted in CardRatings.2 Owners of the business automatically qualify as authorized officers, and some lenders may also accept card applications from key board members, such as the treasurer or vice president.
The application review and approval process can take anywhere from a few minutes to several weeks, depending on the card issuer's policy.
A business credit card can help you track and manage your business spending, as well as build a credit record that may help you qualify for a loan when it's time to grow your small business.
Synovus offers several credit card options for small businesses. Stop by your local branch to talk with a banker about which of our small business credit cards would be right for you.