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do you go with one of the big three banks how much is it going to cost you what paperwork do you need will you even get approved and finally you're thinking i just wanted to follow my dreams i don't like it here it's it's scary now i know that was kind of intense but let's be honest the struggle is real but don't shut down i'm here to help one of the most common questions i get when i'm talking to new business owners is do i need a business checking account and when i say yes you absolutely need a business checking account the very next question is well which bank should i choose if you're serious about starting a business then you should operate as a business right out of the gate and this means separating your business money from your personal money and putting a solid accounting foundation into place i'm a firm believer that mindset plays an important role in moving you through life and this is true in business as well if you go into your business with a timid mindset then you can expect timid results however if you start your business off knowing that you are going to operate as a business and expect great results then those are the type of results that you're going to achieve i'll get off my soap box now so we can talk about business bank accounts i know it can be difficult choosing a business bank account and being anxious about the documentation that you're going to need to apply and whether your business is going to get approved you're researching probably watching multiple youtube videos and now you have all of these facts and figures and features floating around in your head and you're not sure which way to go do you go with one of the big three banks how much is it going to cost you what paperwork do you need will you even get approved and finally you're thinking i just wanted to follow my dreams i don't like it here it's scary but my goal in this video is to give you my top picks for the best business bank accounts and then organize the information in a way that makes it easy for you to choose the bank account that's right for your business there's no one size fit all bank account or there's no best bank account or the perfect bank account it's really going to depend on what you need for the type of business that you're running i want you to sit back relax and take a deep breath i don't even want you to take notes i'm going to take care of all of that for you i'm going to wrap all of this information up in a nice bow and leave it for you in a pdf all you have to do is look down in the description click on the link that i'm going to give you and download it it will have all of the banks that i'm going to cover in this video and i'll put it in the form of a comparison chart so you can see each bank account compared to the other and make an informed decision i'm also going to leave timestamps in the description so you can go back and cover the features of each one of the banks if you want a refresher after watching the video now i want you to be relaxed so i'm gonna relax with you i'm gonna move into my bedroom and then we're gonna cover these bank accounts okay much better are you comfortable let's go ahead and review some business bank accounts when it comes to a business checking account the features that you're going to look for are a little bit different than with personal checking some of the core features that you want to pay attention to are bank fees because we want to hold on to all of the profits that we can transaction limits because you're going to be moving money into and out of your business bank account in different ways so you really want to take note of the transaction limits that might be placed on your business checking account accessibility meaning how are you going to be able to access your money you want to take note of their online banking platform their mobile apps and the atms that you'll be able to use with that bank account integration with third-party apps because you are running a business and there will be other platforms or apps that you need to integrate with to automate certain portions of your business especially if you are a one-woman or one-man show you want to make sure you can automate as much as possible because we all know that it's a lot running a small business especially by yourself and then finally you want to make sure that your money is secure so you want a bank account that is of course fdic insured just to keep things organized i'll go over those core features and i'll use the same format i'll give you a quick overview of the bank account i'll go over the fee structure the pros and the cons and then the requirements for opening an account i'll leave links in the description to each one of the bank accounts that i'm going to go over and for full disclosure some of the links may be affiliate accounts which means that i'll make a small fee if you decide to choose that bank let's start off with mercury mercury is a financial technology company and not a bank their banking services are provided by choice financial group and evolve bank and trust mercury is an online banking platform that offers you a business checking account and a savings account mercury is specifically designed for startups which means that they are not available to sole proprietors mercury's free structure is pretty simple they don't charge for most of their standard services however they do charge for their advanced features there are no account minimums overdrive fees monthly fees or account opening fees they do charge a one percent fee for currency exchange let's go over the pros and cons for mercury on the pro side we have that they include a checking and a savings account within one platform they have no monthly fees transaction fees or a minimum opening deposit you get unlimited fee free transactions a savings account that is held to the federal maximum of six total transactions per month and that's going to be with most of your savings account because that's the federal rule they have physical and virtual debit cards and you get access to over 5 500 fee-free atms with the all point network they also have advanced digital tools including api access to automate and customize your banking when it comes to cons for mercury a big one is that they are not available to sole proprietors again they are designed for startups a second con for mercury is that you do not have the ability to do cash deposits you have to move money into your account using different methods when it comes to the requirements to open an account with mercury you'll need a u.s company with a federal ein your company is official formation documents a picture id and that's a government id which is like a driver's license or a passport next up we have relay relay offers a free online business account for businesses that want to integrate their banking and cash management services relays banking services are provided by evolve bank and trust relay stands out because they give you up to 20 fee free bank accounts and that's 10 if you're sold proprietor and they also give you up to 50 virtual or physical debit cards so this is a perfect account if
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- Gayle Brevard, Staff Member
hey you today we're going to be talking about the best bank accounts for small businesses or in other words the best business bank accounts you guys really enjoyed my two videos on the best bank accounts and the best savings accounts and i got a lot of requests for a video on business checking accounts so if you already have a small business or side hustle or you're looking to start a new business then you want to stay tuned [Applause] welcome to healthy wealthy skinny where we focus on the steps to help you live a healthy wealthy and skinny life i'm shawn and if you are ready to start thriving and not just surviving go ahead and hit that like button smash that subscribe button and hit the bell icon so you get a notification every week when i drop a new video and be sure to stay until the very end because as always i've got something special for you if you've done a search and found this video then you already know the reasons why you need a separate business bank account from your personal bank account so i'm going to jump right into the content all of the accounts on my list are fdic insured so your money is protected you get at least 100 transactions and most of them are unlimited which is very important for business checking and they have a strong mobile platform account number four on my list is novo business banking novo is business banking built for freelancers small business owners and entrepreneurs novo boasts having no hidden fees and no hassles novo has its own integrated invoicing tool and it also integrates seamlessly with a lot of top business tools as well there are also minimum requirements that you need to open an account with no vote there is a 50 minimum opening deposit you must be 18 years or older have a social security number or tax id you'll need a government issued id you must be a u.s citizen with a valid u.s address you must have an eligible business with the appropriate documentation a valid email address and a u.s phone number let's take a look at their website and review the pros and cons so now let's go over their pros and cons novo has no monthly fees or minimum balance requirements you get unlimited transactions with no fees you'll get refunds on atm fees around the world there are no ach transfer fees or incoming wire fees and you can integrate with business tools such as shopify stripe and quickbooks we can't have pros without cons so some of the cons include you do not have the ability to do cash deposits there is a 27 fee for insufficient funds you also cannot send international or domestic wires and you cannot set up recurrent payments with bill pay number three on my list is nbkc business checking nbkc is another online bank that offers business checking they have accounting tools built into their accounts and they also offer a free business savings account mbkc has no opening deposit requirement you must be a u.s citizen or a resident alien in order to open an account you must be 18 years or older and have a valid government issued id and you must have the legal documents that are appropriate for your business type let's take a look at their website now let's review the pros and cons mbkc has no monthly account fees they have no minimum balance requirements and no opening balance requirement you get unlimited transactions and there's no fee for incoming domestic wires mbkc also has no fees for things like overdraft or stop payments you'll get up to 12 on refunds for atm fees and free online and mobile banking with add-ons is included some of the cons for mbkc include your account will not integrate with third-party tools and unless you're in kansas or missouri you'll have no branch access nbkc does have some fees for wires there's a 5 fee for outgoing domestic wires and a forty five dollar fee for both incoming and outgoing international wires account number two on my list is chase business checking chase business checking is a great option for small business owners that want to have access to local branches chase has no opening deposit requirement but in order to open an account with chase you must have two forms of id and one of those ids must be a government issued id such as a driver's license or a passport you'll also need a social security number ein or itin for non-us citizens let's take a look at their website let's review the pros and cons chase gives you the opportunity to earn a 300 sign up bonus you get unlimited electronic deposits and there's no initial opening deposit when it comes to cons for chase there is a 15 monthly fee but that can be waived if you meet certain requirements your fee free cash deposits is limited to 5 000 per month and your fee free physical transactions is limited to 20 per month and unfortunately chase does not give you any free wires and account number one on my list is blue vine business checking blue vine business checking is similar to a lot of the accounts in my list with one major difference they allow you to earn entries on your account without a daily or monthly balance requirement bluevine has no minimum opening deposit however to open an account you must be 18 years or older and be a valid u.s citizen with a u.s address let's take a look at their website let's review the pros and cons blue vine has no fees no minimum opening requirement or balance requirements you get unlimited transactions you earn one percent interest on account balance up to one hundred thousand dollars and you have fee free atm access through the money pass network now blue vine does have some cons which includes no joint accounts you won't have any access to local branches and there's a 4.95 fee for cash deposits so there you have it that's my list for the top four bank accounts for small businesses there are other accounts out there and if you have an account that you like be sure to drop it in the comments and tell us exactly why you like it if i get enough items i'll definitely do a follow-up video and include your 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- Gayle Brevard
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