Corporate card comparison - Which corporate card should you choose for your small business?

October 29, 2020By Nick Roberts← Back to Blog

Search for ‘corporate cards’ on Google and you’ll find hundreds of different cards pop up. Business credit cards, corporate charge cards, expense cards, travel cards, prepaid cards, virtual cards - how do you tell the difference and decide which card is right for your company?

The good news is that once you break it down there are actually 3 major card types available - credit cards, debit cards and prepaid cards. In this blog post we’ll help you understand the pros and cons of each card.

Debit Cards

When a transaction is made with a debit card, funds are deducted from the available balance of the company bank account and paid to the merchant.

Pros

  • Cards draw from your company bank account at the time of transaction which means that money is available for other payments
  • Some debit cards have access to an overdraft facility

Cons

  • If a card is lost, or irresponsible spending occurs, all of the money in your company bank account is at risk
  • Financial checks and paperwork are required to qualify
  • No access to a line of credit

Best suited for:

Medium sized businesses that want a small number of staff members to have cards.


Credit Cards

When a transaction is made with a credit card, funds are borrowed from the card provider (up to an approved credit limit) and paid to the merchant. These borrowed funds must be paid back by a specific date or interest will be charged on the outstanding balance.

Pros

  • Credit can help you manage business cash flow
  • Most credit card issuers provide rewards when you spend

Cons

  • Credit card fees and interest repayments can be expensive
  • Managing credit repayments requires time and resources
  • Extensive credit checks, personal guarantees and paperwork is required to qualify for a credit card (which can affect the personal credit scores of company directors)

Best suited for:

Large enterprises that want to better manage cash flow and have the resources to manage credit repayments.


Prepaid Cards

When a transaction is made with a prepaid card, funds are deducted from the available funds loaded on the card and paid to the merchant. You cannot spend more than what is loaded on a prepaid card.

Pros

  • No credit or financial checks are required to qualify
  • Staff can only spend what is loaded on the card
  • If a card is lost or frauded then your exposure is limited to what is loaded on the card

Cons

  • No access to a line of credit
  • Adding and withdrawing funds from cards requires admin work or software to manage

Best suited for:

SMEs, startups and NFPs that want to quickly issue cards to lots of staff members whilst staying in control of spending.


Additional considerations

Once you know what kind of card you want for your company you’ll then need to decide which features you want. Each card provider specialises in a different offering. For example, travel cards providers offer low FX rates whilst other providers focus on offering rewards programs.

If you’re interested in a simple, all-in-one card solution it might be worth taking a look at DiviPay. With DiviPay you can instantly issue virtual prepaid cards, control spending and automate expense reporting.

Along with our virtual prepaid cards you’ll find card controls and budgeting, a real-time transaction feed, automated expense reports, powerful accounting integrations, subscription spending management and exclusive rewards.