This is especially important when you are working with large figures. When it comes to opening a business checking account, all the banks want your business. But you need to figure out how to choose the best one.
How to Choose a Business Checking Account?
There are many reasons you need to give serious consideration as to what checking account to use.
A business checking account is what separates your personal and business funds. It is actually a legal requirement. If you run an LLC or corporation, you need to have a separate account. Things can get quite problematic if you start to use business funds for personal expenses. It just makes things easier, especially in terms of payroll and accounting.
The following are some things you need to consider in terms of choosing a business checking account:
- Introductory Offers & Bonuses – There are many signup bonuses for business checking accounts. Typically, you can make between $50 – $250 if you signup with a new bank and maintain a balance for over 2 months, such as $1,000. Not a critical factor, but not something to be ignored either.
- Speed of Service – How quickly can you get up and running with this bank? Some offer same-day approval, though these tend to be online.
- Service Fees – These are the monthly maintenance fees. They typically range between $10 – $30 per month. The more services on offer, the higher the price.
- Minimum Account Balance – If your account goes below the minimum balance, you may be hit with a charge. This is not the norm, but make sure to check the terms and conditions first.
- Transaction Costs – This one is quite important. Some banks may only allow several free transactions per month, such as 100. If you intend to make a lot of transactions, then you will get hit with extra charges. Be aware that some banks also only allow a limited number of deposits before hitting you with a charge.
- Wire Transfer Fees – There is nearly always a fee for wire transfers, which are simply fees for transferring from one bank to another. With digital transfers, wire transfers have fallen out of use. Many banks will allow several free wire transfers.
- Interest Rates – Once a huge consideration, now it’s not really all that important. There was a time when banks offered decent interest rates on deposits, but this rate is not tiny.
- In-Person or Online – Many financial services are now online. But there are still plenty of business owners who want a point of contact and a physical branch to visit. This is a personal consideration for you.