I have banked with Wells Fargo for many years so when I decided it might be time to open an account for my blog income, naturally I checked to see what was available.
Part of this decision to look into opening a business checking account came about because I have started to use QuickBooks Proto track my online income. I have been using Quickbooks Pro for Mr. A’s businesses, and I finally feel comfortable with the software. For my side hustles I’d been using an Excel spreadsheet and money was going into my PayPal account and personal checking at Wells Fargo. As a sole proprietor, I can get by with commingling funds in this manner, as long as I keep good records. But once I began to use Quickbooks it started to get more confusing. Quickbooks wants to track income with invoices and deposits into accounts, and while I could have continued to do that with personal checking, it would have been difficult. I would have had to pull all the data in and designate only the business transactions for the business, or I would have Quickbooks wants me to set up checking accounts, and it will be worlds easier to just have dedicated business accounts when it comes to tracking my income.
I was at the bank one Friday about a month ago, and asked the teller making my deposit if she could tell me what the monthly charge was for a business checking account. She explained they have the same plan for businesses as they do for personal checking accounts. No monthly fee as long as you have an automatic transfer going from your checking to your savings each month. This transfer needs to be at least $100. Once the monthly transfer is complete you may transfer the money from your savings back to the checking the next day, you are not required to leave it in savings. This is a tactic by the bank to encourage savings from their customers according to the teller.
I am familiar with this process as I have a personal checking account that works the same way, only the mandatory transfer amount is $75 as opposed to $100 for business accounts.
You have to open a business checking and business savings, and you must deposit $100 into each account. I did have enough money to open these accounts from my business income, without having to take money from my personal accounts. This is important when you are tracking your income in Quickbooks. Otherwise Quickbooks sees this money as income, when it might have come from your personal checking.
Your debit card can be set up to include your business name and your first and last name. In the state of Arizona it is not required to register for a tradename (business name) but it is an accepted business practice. Basically once you begin your business, you are official. However, it is a good idea to get your tradename as it establishes officially that you are using that business name. It costs $10 to register a tradename in Arizona, and it is good to check to make sure that your business name is unique. It would be annoying to order business cards, checks, and other things in your business name, only to find that someone else owns it and is using it already.
I declined to order business checks through the bank because I can save money ordering them myself. This checking account also allows free Billpay, so I probably will not use checks very often. I do want to have them for the paper trail when writing an owner’s draw check to myself. I could do that with BillPay, but it takes a few days for the check to come in the mail to me. I could also just pull the cash from the bank, but as I said I would like to have a paper trail.
Do you bank with Wells Fargo? Are you happy with the service you receive there?