How Contract Workers Can Get Credit Cards
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Tips for Contract Workers to Get Credit Cards
Contract workers often earn more than a full-time employee, so they may find it hard to comprehend why the banks won't approve a credit card application for them. Unfortunately, the way credit card providers assess their customers' borrowing eligibility is to determine whether that customer will have a regular source of income to continue repaying the amount of money they borrow.
Getting Around the Lending Criteria the Right Way
Banks and credit card providers officially view contractors and sub-contractors as self-employed. In most cases, in order to qualify for credit, a self-employed person is often required to present 2 years financials, prepared by an accountant, and sometimes even BAS records to verify their contract income.
Specific Credit Card for Contract Workers
There are some lenders who understand the nature of a contract worker's income isn't always as regular as someone working in full-time employment. These types of credit cards are often advertised in specific trade magazines with a clear message that they offer a credit card for contract workers.
While these can often carry a slightly higher interest rate, they can allow you to access a credit card and develop a good credit rating with that particular lender. Showing a strong repayment history and responsible use of your credit card over time is often a good starting point for future negotiations for better credit card offers.
If you're careful about repaying the outstanding balance on your card frequently, you should find that the higher interest rate is never a problem for you, as you'll have no balance for a bank to charge interest on anyway.
There is a belief with some lenders that contract workers can tend to have a negatively affected credit rating simply because they are contractors. This simply isn't true. Self employed people and contract workers can have exceptionally strong credit ratings, as long as they are responsible with their money, just like anyone else.Back to top
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