You may be a small time entrepreneur just starting or a business or an executive with years of trading experience, either way you need to recognise the importance of efficient business banking. Your choice of account is a fundamental element in your business banking strategy and something that could seriously affect the progress of your business, be it large or small. Here are few advisory tips to help the small business owner to make the right banking choices and give your business the best chance of success.
If you are starting out as a limited company you will need to open a business account. While this may seem a chore, it is surprising how having a specialist business banking strategy can aid the clarity of your finances. On the other hand if you are operating as a sole trader you small business will not have to have its own account, you will be able to combine your personal and business finances. Finding a banking solution that accommodates both the needs of your small business and your personal life can be difficult, often, even as a sole trader it can be beneficial to have a dual banking strategy.
Another element of your business banking strategy should be the inclusion of a small business team in your account package. The advice that can be offered by these professionals can be invaluable and can help your business achieve success. While this type of banking solution may cost a little extra if you are not up to date with the latest financial developments, the effects can be catastrophic.
Of major importance for your small business is the banking charges that may be applicable to your account. Some of these fees will be fixed on a monthly basis while others may be based upon a pro rata system for each individual transaction that may be carried out. If your business is likely to perform many transactions it is advisable to take a monthly fixed charge option as it will probably work out cheaper.
Finding out about which banking extras come with your banking agreement is also important. These extras may include credit cards, free statements or internet and phone banking, which can be a beneficial. Some of these extras will be free for an initial period, so be financially wise and take advantage of this period and take all your can, after all when starting in business, the more help you can get while your business is small will pay dividends in the long run.
After making a detailed comparison of the different banking solutions offered by banks it will be time to open an account. Depending upon what type of company you will be running there are various pieces of information and documentation you will need for the process. Some banks may even ask for a business plan before they allow you to open account, this is an insurance on their part to assess whether your business model and idea is viable.
If starting a limited company you will need a Certificate of Incorporation before your banking can begin. You will also need several forms of identification, for yourself, but also for any other signatories that may have access to the account. This list of signatories will also need to be produced so the bank knows exactly who will have access to the funds.
It is worth remembering that you are not tied to any bank or account for life, it is possible to change. If you do sufficient research however you should not have to change and your business should benefit from having an effective banking system behind it. By following this brief advice you should be able to find an account that fulfils your business' needs and adds to the chances of success.
Financial expert Thomas Pretty looks into the importance of small business banking solutions to the success of your company.