You May Qualify for Business Cards If You Have Any of These Businesses

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Some folks may not have considered the 70,000 point offer for the Chase Ink Plus after you spend $5,000 in the 1st 3 months because it’s a business card.

But you might ALREADY be running a side business that qualifies you for the Chase Ink Plus.

Note: The Chase Ink Plus 70,000 point bonus offer ends on October 19, 2014.

You May Qualify For Business Cards If You Have Any of These Businesses

You Could Get a Chase Ink Plus Card If You Have a Home Based Business

Chase Ink Plus

Link:   Chase Ink Plus 

Link:   How to fill out a Chase business card application

You can get 70,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points after spending $5,000 in the 1st 3 months on the Chase Ink Plus card.

The Chase Ink Plus card gets you:

  • 5X Chase Ultimate Rewards points per $1 you spend at office supply stores, and on cable, internet, and wireless purchases
  • 2X Chase Ultimate Rewards points per $1 you spend at gas stations and hotels (booked directly with the hotel)
  • NO foreign transaction fees (great for using outside the US)

You can earn 100,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards point at hotels and gas stations IF you’re a Big Spender.

You Can Earn 100,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards Points on Gas With Your Chase Ink Plus Card

You Can Earn 100,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards Points on Gas With Your Chase Ink Plus Card

You get $875 worth of travel (70,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points) when you book travel via the Chase Ultimate Rewards Mall.  Although, I like to transfer my Chase Ultimate Rewards points to airline and hotel partners.  

 Chase Ultimate Rewards Airline Transfer Partners 
British AirwaysFlying Blue (Air France/KLM)Korean Air
Singapore AirlinesSouthwestUnited Airlines
Virgin Atlantic
 Chase Ultimate Rewards Hotel Transfer Partners 
HyattIHGMarriott
Ritz-Carlton

Emily and I have used our Chase Ultimate Rewards points at the Park Hyatt Vendome, Hyatt Regency Maui, and Hyatt Regency Key West.  And to fly to India in Business Class on United Airlines.

You can also transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points to British Airways Avios points for short flights in the US.

But some folks don’t realize that they already have a business.

Are You Operating a Business?

You can have a business even if you are a start-up business or have NOT yet made a profit.  But the IRS will expect you to have made a profit in 3 of the last 5 years.

10 Small Businesses or Activities That Can Get You a Chase Ink Plus Card

You may already have a small business!

1.   Selling on e-bay or Amazon.com

The money you make selling items on ebay or Amazon is business income.  Getting a business card will help you separate your business expenses (such as postage) from your personal expenses.

 You May Qualify For Business Cards If You Have Any of These Businesses

Selling on Amazon Is a Small Business That Could Qualify You for a Business Card

2.   Having Regular Yard Sales

Some folks spend most weekends having yard sales.  If you report this income, you have a small business.

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You Could Qualify for a Chase Ink Plus Card If You Regularly Sell Merchandise at Yard Sales

3.   Freelance Graphic Design & Writing

You can turns your skills into cash.  You can use fiverr.com to outsource your services from graphic design, video editing, writing, programming, and more.

You May Qualify For Business Cards If You Have Any of These Businesses

Use Your Talents to Get Hired on Fiverr.com

4.   Caring for Children

If you regularly get paid to watch other people’s children, or run a day care, you have a small business.

 You May Qualify For Business Cards If You Have Any of These Businesses

You Can Get a Chase Ink Plus Card If You Operate a Daycare

5.  Taking Photos

Do you sell your photos?  You have a photography business taking portraits or shooting wedding or destination photos.

Or if you upload your photos as a paid contributor to websites such as Shutterstock.

 You May Qualify For Business Cards If You Have Any of These Businesses

Selling Your Photos for Profit Means You Have a Photography Business

6.   Referee / Coach

Do you have a side job as a soccer referee or a sports or music coach?  That’s a small business that may qualify you for a Chase Ink Plus card.

 You May Qualify For Business Cards If You Have Any of These Businesses

You’re a Small Business If You Are a Fitness Trainer

7.   Designing or Programming Websites

If you’re paid to design websites, you have a web design or programming business.

I love our web designer!  He saves me so much time which means I can spend more time writing posts.

You May Qualify For Business Cards If You Have Any of These Businesses

Your Technical Skills Can Create New Business and Income

8.   Tutoring

Are you a teacher?  Do you earn extra money tutoring kids (or adults) on the side?

You have a tutoring business teaching kids of all ages.

 You May Qualify For Business Cards If You Have Any of These Businesses

This Kid Needs Your Tutoring Help!

9.   Writing a Blog

Your blog can qualify you for business credit cards, IF you’ll make a profit from blogging.

You can make money with your blog by having affiliate links, selling ads, linking to products on Amazon, and selling ebooks.

 You May Qualify For Business Cards If You Have Any of These Businesses

You Can Qualify for a Business Card by Blogging for Profit

10.   Booking Award Travel

If you love the fun of searching for award tickets and putting trips together, you could start an award booking business.

You May Qualify For Business Cards If You Have Any of These Businesses

Turn Your Award Booking Skills Into a Business!

Bottom Line

Some folks aren’t sure if they can qualify to get a business card like the 70,000 Chase Ultimate Rewards points Chase Ink Plus card. 

You can qualify for a business card as a new business.  And some of your daily activities like selling photos, getting paid to book award tickets, and blogging for profit can be considered a small business.

What are other activities that could be considered small businesses?

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9 responses to “You May Qualify for Business Cards If You Have Any of These Businesses

  1. Keep in mind that if you have a “business,” then you need to file taxes for it.

  2. can you refrain from convincing people hobbies like blogging and babysitting are businesses?
    Unless they are pimping credit cards as hard as you are on this one, it is not a real business.
    Tax-man is right if your business pays taxes, then it is a legitimate income…..I’m glad the offer is over tomorrow so maybe you can talk about something else.

  3. What if you have a small business that has lost money the previous year? This year is looking much better, will come up ahead but as of yet, still in the negative… Considering upgrading computer system with the new card… how to approach the reconsideration line when I receive the “status pending” message?… any thoughts appreciated

  4. Hi Dariush, I applied for Chase Business card and got rejected. I called reconsideration line twice and they told me that I do not have enough income. When I was filling application form, I put 1K as my annual income. I read your website that you said even 100$ would be enough. I tried to explain that I am at the start of my business and I will get more annual income, but they didn’t convinced. Anyway, I would like to see if you have any advise on this? Many Thanks !

  5. I just got accepted for the Chase Ink Bold yesterday. I Figured I’d get this card before it expires and the Chase Ink Plus offer comes around every once in a while. I claimed my YTD modeling income and 1099 status and they accepted me with no questions asked.

    Anything 1099 related can qualify as a small business, meaning, if you are considered an independent contractor (i.e. you have to pay taxes on this income: Schedule C) you can apply for a business card and not feel sleezy about it.

  6. Nobody sane extends you a several thousand dollar line of credit and expects to get paid from profits selling hand-knitted tattersall booties on the internet. Sole proprietor business card applications are decided on the basis of the personal credit of the applying party, the purported proprietor. For a while now the mere possession of a Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN) has been enough to functionally prove the actual existence of a business, and those they give out for the asking.

  7. Tried to apply for the chase ink business card…got rejected. It is not that easy to get the chase business card…too many questions and they need the business to be established for some number of years. I even spoke to the next higher person for reconsideration but was not successful.

  8. I’ve been successful, in the past, using my ebay sales as a sole proprietorship. It’s a no go now with newer restrictions. Chase was firm with their rejection tonight for my husband’s application for a 5-year-old ebay business. They said ebay sales is not a viable business. Called twice, same answer.

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