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General Business News for January 2014

Choosing the Right Bank for Your Small Business

It is crucial to accurately determine the right bank for your specific business needs. Setting up your accounts and managing access is a vital component in your business endeavor. This might seem like a daunting task; however, with a few simple steps that easily can be broken down, you can find the right bank to meet your needs.

Understand Your Banking Needs

Whether you are searching for a convenient location or have a business’ specialty, yourself if the bank in question will meet these standards. To complete this task, create a list of the demands your business will require of its bank. Consider your operating hours and the times that the bank is open and closed. Take into account whether or not the bank will have secure drop boxes that are appropriate for cash deposits overnight. You also should look into what online banking features they offer, especially regarding remote deposits. Remote deposit can be incredibly convenient; however, it can also be very expensive. These might seem like small factors at first, but once your business is up and rolling, they can become essentials.

Compare Banking Customer Service

Some relationship managers at community banks are known to have greater discretion than those at larger banking institutions. Community-based banks also can take more time in developing fundamental relationships with their small business clients. However, distinguishing the differences between that of smaller and larger banks has become increasingly more difficult. As a result of mergers that have occurred in the industry, community banks now offer a much broader range of services. In addition, banking institutions are beginning to place a greater emphasis on customer service. These are important features to take into consideration when choosing a bank.

Evaluate Bank Fees

Local and regionally focused banking institutions can be more equitable when it comes to fees due to their in-depth knowledge of local market conditions. With face-to-face access to a loan officer at a smaller bank, you are allowed more emphasis on your business’ specifics and are not solely a number based on a credit score model. Regional banks can provide more flexibility in terms of financial need as well. One disadvantage of smaller banks is that the rates they charge can be higher than those of the largest financial institutions. Larger banks also are more likely to issue credit cards to small businesses for financing purposes.

Re-Evaluate Your Banking Relationship

After accomplishing the trying task of establishing your business with the right bank for your business needs, it is still necessary for you to sporadically re-evaluate your bank along with the needs of your business. Every business has fiscal requirements that will transform over the course of time. Whether interest rates with your banking institution have been altered or you are just no longer satisfied with the customer service you receive from your relationship manager, it is reasonable to seek out other options.

Just as your business grows and changes over time, banks often do as well. Do not feel guilty about re-evaluating your bank and its services. After all, it is your business and your responsibility. Such a vital part of your livelihood and investment deserves the best from your banker.

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