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Some business owners forced to use personal funds during 2020

When business funds dried up, many owners tapped their personal savings accounts to stay afloat.
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Man and woman sitting in cafeteria discussing finance for the month. Stressed couple looking at bills sitting in restaurant wearing uniform apron. Café staff sitting together looking at expenses and bills.

It's usually a good idea as a business owner to keep your business and personal finances separate. It can help you manage them both better, and can keep you from blurring the lines between your personal life and your business. However, with the lockdown, quarantine, social distancing, and other safety precautions, many businesses have taken a major financial hit in 2020. 

Creditcards.com conducted a survey and found that 35% of small business decision makers say they, or the business owners, have dipped into their personal funds to keep the doors open during the COVID-19 pandemic. That includes 24% who say they used a personal credit card for the money, and 21% who said they pulled from a personal savings account.  

The survey also found that 70% of small businesses depended on a Paycheck Protection Program loan, a business savings account, a business credit card, or another kind of loan to make it this far. In order to stay open through the end of the year, the majority said they would need more assistance, or an increase in sales. 

Ted Rossman, an analyst for creditcards.com says while it is commendable that business owners would take on that extra financial responsibility, it worries him that they are putting their personal finances at risk doing to. 

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