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The Difference Between Good and Bad Debt

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This story appears in the November 2013 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »
Put it on plastic

It's something of an entrepreneurial cliché, but you can always use credit cards to fund your business. Just save them for short-term needs--when you need a few weeks, not months, of float on your money to obtain an immediate return. This can be for items such as a booth at a trade show, a last-minute sales trip to land new business or an emergency vendor payment.

I don't like debt. For nearly a decade, I've written about personal finances, both my own and those of others. And too many times I've seen how debt can act like a cancer, draining life from healthy bank accounts.

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