Bad Credit? No Credit? Best Secured Credit Cards

What is a Secured Credit Card?

A secured credit card functions just like a regular credit card. You can make all the purchases you would normally make with an unsecured credit card with a secured credit card, from buying groceries, pumping gas, paying your bills online.

Unlike a regular credit card, the issuer of the secured credit card requires you to leave a deposit or security funds to cover the purchases you make with the credit card.

Who should get a Secured Credit Card?

Secured credit cards are ideal for those with no credit, poor/bad credit, or even average credit looking to establish or improve their credit profile, and score.

If you are being denied for unsecured credit cards (visa, master card, American Express or loans) due to no/new or poor credit, secured credit cards may be just for you. Secured credit cards will give you the ability to improve your credit profile, and increase the chances of approval in 6-12 months.

What do I need to get a Secured Credit Card?

  • You will need to provide the deposit or “security” funds for your secured crdit card. In most cases, you will need at least $300.
  • SSN (Social Security Number) or ITIN (Individual Tax Payer Number)

How to get a DUNS number

How to get a D-U-N-S Number

If you have already read DUNS number 101 and are ready to apply for a DUNS number, you’re at the right page.

Many vendors will ask for a DUNS number before they consider extending business credit for your business.

You can get a DUNS number for FREE! You do not have to pay anyone to get the DUNS number, nor do you have pay for any add-on “credit builder” programs offered by D&B.

  1. Visit’s D&B Get a DUNS page.

2. Primary Reason for D-U-N-S Number Registration
I have a U.S. based business

3. Search for your Businesss
Search by Business Name or Business Phone Number

4. Click on Get a New D-U-N-S Number when you get the  Sorry, no matches were found for “your business name”

5. Get Started with the FREE D-U-N-S Number + CreditSignal option

6. Fill your business information.

You will get calls from their sales department trying to pitch you their $229 or $999 products, and will even try to negotiate the price down. You can politely say no, and refuse the service as it is not necessary.

Do not ignore calls from D&B until you have your DUNS number thinking it’s just sales people trying to sell you something. You will also receive VERIFICATION calls to very the information provided prior to getting the DUNS number approved.

How to close a bank account

There a number of reasons to close your bank account. Whatever the reason might be, here are the 4 ways (easiest/least effort to hardest/most-effort) to close a bank account.

Online
Most banks have an online secure messaging platform you can use within your bank’s online portal. Once you’re logged in, simply send a message requesting the closure of your bank account.

By Phone
If you are not a fan submitting secured messages online, and want to talk to a live person, you can call the customer service link and submit a request to close your account.

By Mail
If you don’t like technology or people, you can submit a signed request on paper requesting your account to be closed.

In Branch
If you like to deal with people face to face, you can visit a branch and request the account be closed in person. You’re limited to their branch hours, and possible wait times at the bank.

How to Register Domain Name for your Business

One of the quickest ways to establish credibility for your newly formed business is to have a fully functional websites for this business.

If you want your website to be a professional representation of your business, it is imperative to have a professional and relevant domain name associated with the website.

If your business is is John’s Bakery, ideally you want to have something along the likes of www.johnsbakery.com instead of johnsbakery.somerandomblogginwebsite.com

Registering a domain name costs less than $15 per year (that’s just $1.50/month) and adds instant credibility for your business.

You can visit Godaddy.com, 1and1.com or NameCheap.com to register your domain name.

 

Create a Facebook page for your business

Everyone you know, even your grandma has a Facebook account. Almost 1 Billion people world wide have Facebook accounts.

When you search for a business in Google, there is a very good chance one of the top results will be that company’s Facebook page. If you want to build credibility for your business a Facebook page for your business is a MUST HAVE today!

You do NOT need an existing personal facebook account to create a Facebook Page for your business. Having an existing personal Facebook account may make life easier to manage the page, but it is NOT necessary.

  1. Click on this page to create the Facebook Page for your business.
  2. Select Local Business or Place
  3. Fill in your business contact details and click on Get Started

American Express 61 day rule

The unofficial “61 day” rule from American Express is a widely discussed topic on credit forums and blogs.

A new American Express applicant can request a 3X limit increase 61 days from the day the account was opened.

Example: If you opened an account with AMEX on Jan 1 with a $5000 limit, on March 3rd (Jan 1 + 61 days), you can call in and request a credit limit of upto $15,000.  Whether you get approved or not be determined by your credit worthiness, personal income and other credit factors. But if you are eligible, you will be approved for the $15,000 limit.

Chase 5/24 rule

When applying for credit products with CHASE, whether it is a personal credit card or a small business credit card with a personal guarantee, you need to be aware of a hard criteria they have in place for all applicants.

The 5/24 or 5 new credit accounts in 24 month
If you have opened 5 new credit products (credit cards, loans or any other credit product with ANY company) within the last 24 days, Chase will automatically deny your new credit application every single time. (If you have more than $250,000 in assets with Chase Bank, they have been known to exceptions).

Most creditors look at risk when extending credit to applicants. If you are applying for many new credit products in a short period of time, it raises red flags. They start to question your ability to pay back all this outstanding credit to the lender.

All lenders have an internal rule they follow, but not all of them are as publicized and well known as the Chase “5/24” rule. Chase hasn’t released any official public document stating the 5/24 rule, but it’s widely theorized and proven to be true by many credit applicants with Chase.