Sure, there are a lot of problems with credit cards, but there are a lot of good things attached to them as well. For instance, if you have a small business, fleet credit cards can keep your books in order when you issue them to drivers of company vehicles for gas and automobile repairs. On the other hand, it’s very easy to abuse department store credit cards. And it’s easy to have too many credit cards open at once.
Credit cards can be great for keeping your business in order; fleet credit cards are a tool you should use. With fleet credit cards, you can keep close watch on the expenses of your automotive fleet while building your company’s credit rating by paying off the card regularly; and because the cards are of limited use, it’s difficult for less-than-honest employees to abuse them. Company credit cards are also handy for keeping tabs on small expenditures, such as office supplies or luncheon meetings. But there’s a dark side to credit cards. When you start to slide into credit trouble, it’s often easier to get department store credit cards; and having too many department store credit cards can lead to missed payments and bad credit.
You don’t have to keep a balance on credit cards for it to count against you in your credit rating; instead, having a large amount of money available to use for credit can harm your application for large loans. And having several credit cards available to you makes it easy to either use too many credit cards for too many things, or to use the wrong, higher-interest credit card for your purchases. Either of these bad choices can cost you money and points against your credit rating.