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Best Business Savings Accounts June 2024

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Updated May 22, 2024

If you own a small business (or a large company), you’ll need somewhere to stash cash that you don’t spend daily. Here’s a look at some of the best business savings accounts available today, what they offer, and why you need a business account in the first place.

Best business savings accounts compared

ProductAPY*Min. depositMin. balance to earn APYMonthly fee
Live Oak Business Savings
4.00%
$0
$0.01
$0
Axos Bank Business Savings
0.20%
$1,000
$0.01
$5, but can be waived
U.S. Bank Basic Business Savings
0.01% or 0.05%
$100
$0.01
$5, but can be waived
Axos Bank Business Premium
0.20%
$25,000
$0
$0
Chase Business Total Savings
0.01%
N/A
$0.01
$10, but can be waived
Chase Business Premier
0.02%
N/A
$0.01
$20, but can be waived
Wells Fargo Business Market Rate Savings
0.01%
$25
$0
$5, but can be waived
Wells Fargo Business Platinum Savings
0.25% to 2.50%
$25
$0.01
$15, but can be waived
Capital One Business Savings
Up to 4.01% promotional
N/A
$0
$3, but can be waived
Chase Business Complete Banking
Branch access
N/A
$15 waivable
$300 bonus

Our recommendations

Best for high APY: Live Oak Bank High-Yield Business Savings

Why we recommend it: While there is only one business savings account from which to choose, Live Oak Bank offers a market-topping 4.00% annual percentage yield (APY) with no minimum deposit requirement, no monthly maintenance fees, and no minimum balance.

Live Oak Bank is an online institution offering high-yield business savings along with a suite of other financial products.

Because Live Oak Bank operates online, there are no local brick-and-mortar branches if you need in-person banking services. This also means that you’re unable to deposit cash into your account. If you regularly accept cash payments, you’ll need to find another way to deposit these funds and then transmit them to Live Oak Bank via a wire or an automated clearing house (ACH) transfer. If your account is dormant for more than 24 consecutive months, a monthly fee will be assessed.

Pros:

  • Extremely competitive interest rate.
  • No monthly fees.
  • No opening deposit requirement.

Cons:

  • No local branch locations.
  • No cash deposits.
  • Dormant account fee can apply.

Best for earning interest on any balance: Axos Bank Business Savings

Why we recommend it: The Axos Business Savings account offers a competitive 0.20% APY on any balance held, with a minimum deposit requirement of $1,000. If you want to waive the monthly maintenance fee, you’ll need to maintain a minimum average daily balance of $2,500.

The Axos Business Savings account is one of two Axos Bank business accounts available.

There is no option to deposit cash with this account, so it’s best suited to business owners who operate online or have an in-person checking account option. However, there are many digital banking options and features available from this online institution, including free image statements.

Pros:

  • No minimum balance requirement.
  • No monthly maintenance fees on select accounts.
  • Earn maximum APY on all balance tiers.

Cons:

  • Substantial difference in opening deposit requirements for some accounts.
  • Same rates for all account types.
  • No cash deposit option.

Best for automated savings: U.S. Bank

Why we recommend it: With the Basic Business Savings, there’s a low $100 minimum deposit requirement and no minimum daily balance requirement. If you want to avoid the $5 monthly fee, you only need to maintain a $500 minimum daily balance. You can also choose to enroll in the business savings sweep service, which will automatically take excess funds from your connected U.S. Bank business checking account and move it into savings in $500 increments.

U.S. Bank offers a savings account for business owners who want a low-deposit entry point to managing their company’s depository funds. You’ll have access to local branch locations for in-person teller services and cash deposits if you need them.

Compared with some of the other banks on this list, U.S. Bank’s Basic Business Savings account has a relatively low interest rate of just 0.01% or 0.05%. You also won’t get access to checks, and a monthly maintenance fee applies unless you meet minimum balance requirements.

Pros:

  • Low minimum deposit requirement.
  • Automated savings account.
  • In-person banking available.

Cons:

  • Relatively low APY.
  • No check access.
  • Monthly maintenance fee may apply.

Best for no maintenance fees: Axos Bank Business Premium

Why we recommend it: There’s no monthly maintenance fee, no matter what your balance is. However, compare it carefully with Axos Bank Business Savings, to see which would be the better option for your business.

The other business savings account from Axos is the Business Premium Savings account. This account offers an APY of 0.20%, which applies once you reach a balance of $24,000 or more. There are no daily account average minimums, though there is a $25,000 minimum deposit requirement (which means you’ll at least start out at the 0.20% APY level).

As noted above, if you need a bank with local options for depositing cash, Axos Bank isn’t right for you. Business Premium does include many app- and web-based features, however, including remote check deposit and free image statements.

Pros:

  • No monthly maintenance fees, regardless of balance.
  • No daily average balance requirements.

Cons:

  • Minimum deposit of $25,000.
  • APY only applies to balances of $24,000 or more.
  • No cash deposit option.

Best for cash deposits: Chase Business Total Savings

Why we recommend it: This account allows you to deposit up to $5,000 in cash per month at no additional cost. There is a monthly service fee of $10, though this can be waived by maintaining a $1,000 average daily balance or linking to an eligible Chase Business Complete Banking account.

If you run a small business looking to make cash deposits at local branch locations without fees, the Chase Business Total Savings account is a great place to start your search. JP Morgan Chase, the largest bank in the United States, has more than 4,700 branch locations.

Interest rates are relatively low compared with many others on this list. However, there are relationship rates for customers with other eligible Chase accounts. You’ll also find that certain account information is limited online, but you are able to visit your local brick-and-mortar location with questions or to open an account.

Pros:

  • Relationship APY can boost your earnings.
  • Multiple branch locations available.
  • Up to $5,000 in fee-free cash deposits monthly.

Cons:

  • Monthly maintenance fee of $10.
  • Relatively low APY.
  • Limited information online.

Best for local branch access: Chase Business Premier Savings

Why we recommend it: Growing businesses often benefit from developing relationships with a local banker. That is made significantly easier when a bank has 4,7000 physical locations, as Chase does.

Growing businesses can take even more advantage of JP Morgan Chase’s huge network of branches, in addition to its robust online and app presence.

Chase Business Premier Savings is an expanded version of its Total Savings Account. You can deposit up to $10,000 in cash monthly, for example, and make up to 30 fee-free deposits overall. There’s a monthly service fee of $20, though this is waived if you maintain an average balance of $25,000 or more, or by linking to an eligible Chase business checking account.

Pros:

  • More than 4,700 local branch locations and over 16,000 in-network ATMs.
  • Up to $10,000 in fee-free cash deposits monthly.
  • Up to 30 total deposits monthly before fees are charged.

Cons:

  • Monthly maintenance fee of $20.
  • Interest rate isn’t competitive, even with relationship rates.
  • Limited online account information.

Best for small opening deposit: Wells Fargo Business Market Rate Savings

Why we recommend it: The Wells Fargo Business Market Rate Savings account has an opening deposit requirement of just $25, making it accessible to businesses of any size or revenue level. A $5 monthly fee applies, but this can be waived by meeting an average daily balance requirement of $300 or by linking to an eligible Wells Fargo business checking account and receiving eligible transfers of $25 per month or more.

With its low deposit requirement and accessible requirements for waiving its monthly fee, the Wells Fargo Business Market Rate Savings account is particularly hospitable to small businesses, especially those just starting out. In fact, its fees for extra transactions and more than $5,000 of monthly deposits make it not so well suited to larger businesses.

Interest rates are relatively low on the Business Market Savings account, capping out at just 0.01% regardless of the balance held. However, the first 20 deposits each month (up to $5,000 cash) are complimentary; you may incur charges for deposits after that. You can also opt to manage your account entirely online or visit one of the 4,600 Wells Fargo branch locations if you need to make cash deposits or get help with your account.

Pros:

  • Low opening deposit requirement.
  • Large branch and ATM network.
  • Avoid the monthly service fee with a minimum daily balance of just $300.

Cons:

  • Highest APY reserved for high balances.
  • Monthly deposits incur fees after 20 transactions or the first $5,000.
  • Aggregate deposit limit of $5 million.

Best for competitive APY by location: Wells Fargo Business Platinum Savings

Why we recommend it: Interest rates can reach as high as 2.50% APY, though this depends not only on the balance held but also where you’re located.

Larger—but not huge—businesses wanting to bank with Wells Fargo should consider the Business Platinum Savings account, which allows up to $10,000 in fee-free cash deposits per month. This account also has a monthly fee of $15, which can be waived if you meet a $10,000 minimum daily balance requirement or link to an eligible Wells Fargo business checking account.

This account may be limited to an aggregate of $5 million. You can make up to 20 deposits each month (including up to $5,000 cash) without a fee, but you may incur charges for any deposits after that.

Pros:

  • Rates can reach as high as 2.50% APY.
  • Low opening deposit requirement.
  • Extensive branch and ATM network.

Cons:

  • Minimum daily balance of $10,000.
  • Rates vary by location.
  • Monthly maintenance fee applies.

Best for paper check access: Capital One

Why we recommend it: The Capital One Business Advantage Savings account permits you to write checks as needed from your business savings account. Not all business savings accounts offer paper-check access, so this can be helpful if you need or prefer to use checks for some transactions.

With the Capital One Business Advantage Savings account, You’ll enjoy a high promotional APY, currently 4.01%, on your balance for up to six months. This account has a monthly maintenance fee of just $3, which can be waived as long as you maintain a balance of over $300 each month. You’ll be able to make cash deposits up to $10,000 per month without incurring fees and have access to Capital One’s wide network of ATMs and brick-and-mortar branch locations.

After the six-month promotional APY ends, your interest rate will drop to a pretty standard 0.10% APY. Even though the federal rule known as “Regulation D” no longer limits savings accounts to a certain number of monthly transactions, Capital One still imposes the rule. If you repeatedly exceed six transactions in a month, your account may either be closed or converted to a checking account.

Pros:

  • High promotional APY.
  • Access to business checks.
  • Up to $10,000 in fee-free cash deposits each month.

Cons:

  • Promotional interest rate only valid for six months.
  • May need to visit a branch location to open an account.
  • Monthly transaction limit applies.

Methodology

To select the best business savings accounts, we considered a number of different financial institutions and products, comparing them across a variety of criteria. We looked at factors such as product availability, ease of account opening and management, minimum deposit requirements, fees, and interest rates. We also considered whether fees could be waived and how businesses can access their funds and deposit their earnings.

How to select the best business savings accounts

Looking for your next business savings account? Here are some things to ask yourself before you search.

How do you deposit your funds?

If you operate a business that earns a lot of cash, you’ll need a financial institution that allows you to deposit that currency. Online banks may not be the answer, as you won’t have access to a local teller or sometimes even an ATM that accepts cash deposits. Some banks also charge a fee for cash deposits each month, especially over a certain threshold, so keep this in mind.

How much will you keep in the account?

Your typical savings account balance is important for helping you choose the right account. Some banks have a minimum deposit and/or a minimum monthly balance requirement. If you don’t meet these requirements, your account may be closed, downgraded, or charged monthly fees.

Some financial institutions offer higher interest rates when you hold a larger balance, so this can also be a consideration when figuring out which account is best for you. And a few actually offer lower interest above certain amounts.

Which features do you need most?

Do you want paper checks for your savings account? What about access to local ATMs or in-person teller services? Maybe you want to be able to transfer funds seamlessly between your business savings and business checking accounts? Do you need to make daily cash deposits? Are you interested in building an in-person relationship with a local banking executive to help grow your business? All of these are important to identify and note when searching for your next account.

Can you avoid the fees?

While free business savings accounts do exist, many charge monthly maintenance fees unless you meet certain minimum deposit or balance requirements. If you cannot maintain them, you’ll waste money each month on fees that you might be able to avoid.

How much can you earn?

The higher your business savings account APY, the more your money will earn. Be sure to shop around and maximize these earnings by finding the account with the highest interest rate that also matches your planned spending habits, projected balance, and typical deposits.

Alternatives to business savings accounts

If a business savings account isn’t right for you, here are some alternatives to consider.

Money market account

A money market account operates similarly to a savings account, providing many of the same features. Depending on the financial institution, it may have a higher interest rate, lower fees, or different monthly transaction limits than a savings account from the same bank.

Certificate of deposit (CD)

With a certificate of deposit (CD) you can lock away your savings for a defined period of time in exchange for a higher return. While CDs don’t give you immediate access to your money, as a savings account does, the APY is typically much higher. If you don’t anticipate needing to touch those funds for a while, this could be your best bet to maximize your return.

Business checking account

A business savings account is great for funds that you don’t need to touch regularly, especially if you can maintain a high enough balance to waive any monthly fees. However, if you need to spend that money throughout the month, a business checking account would be the better option (see our recommendations here). While it doesn’t usually have an APY as high as a savings account, it allows you to access your funds with a debit card, paper checks (often), and more, and it won’t have monthly transaction limits.

TIME Stamp: A business savings account is best for keeping your excess cash available

A business savings account is an important part of any business’ financial strategy. Finding the best one for you means looking at the ways you receive and spend funds, the amount you carry in savings throughout the month, and how you can best maximize your returns while limiting (or even avoiding) fees.

More about business savings accounts

Consider these points to learn more about why a business savings account could be useful to your company.

What is a business savings account?

A business savings account is a depository account intended to hold business funds that you don’t need to spend right away. These may include funds earmarked for future expenses, such as taxes, or those that will be reinvested in the business.

How does a business savings account work?

A business savings account works like any other savings account, giving you access to a depository account in which you can place your funds, withdrawing them as needed. Most business savings accounts earn interest on the balance held, helping your money grow over time. You can withdraw funds to use as needed—whether making a cash withdrawal, initiating an ACH or a wire transfer, or (if permitted by your account) writing a check.

Pros and cons of a business savings account

Pros:

  • Typically earns a higher APY than a business checking account.
  • May provide you with access to ATMs and (sometimes) paper checks.
  • Allows you to separate everyday business funds from longer-term savings.

Cons:

  • May incur fees if you don’t meet certain balance or deposit requirements.
  • APY is often lower than with personal savings accounts.
  • Funds may not be as accessible as with a checking account, depending on the account.

Why have a business savings account?

A business savings account allows you to separate your everyday business funds from those that are earmarked for other purposes. This way you can save for larger transactions—such as quarterly taxes or payroll—without inadvertently touching those funds. You can also use a business savings account to keep money “out of sight, out of mind” on a daily basis, potentially helping you meet certain savings goals.

How much money should a business have in savings?

It’s generally recommended to have a personal emergency fund equal to three to six months’ worth of expenses. Ideally, you should aim for the same with a business. This can give you a buffer if your business experiences a downturn or incurs unexpected expenses, allowing your company to stay afloat, handle obligations, and manage payroll for employees until you get back on your feet.

How to open a business savings account

Many institutions will let you open a business savings account online, though some will require you to visit a branch location. Expect to provide the bank with information such as your name, the name of your business, your employer identification number (EIN), and contact information, such as your business address and phone number. You may also need to provide articles of incorporation or other operational documentation and, in some cases, financial records showing incoming transactions and monthly expenses.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

What’s the difference between business checking and business savings?

A business checking account is meant as a holding place for funds that are being spent on everyday expenses. It facilitates transactions. A business savings account is intended for funds that will sit a bit longer, such as long- and short-term savings or cash earmarked for upcoming expenses. It also allows you to earn some interest on your savings.

Business savings accounts vs. business money market accounts

A business savings account and business money market account are very similar in that both are depository in nature and typically offer a higher APY than business checking accounts. However, money market accounts may offer better access to funds in the form of an ATM card, checks, or both, while some business savings accounts only allow for ACH and wire transfers between accounts.

Can an LLC have a savings account?

An LLC can open a business savings account through many financial institutions. Expect the bank to request a copy of your LLC’s articles of incorporation and other documentation as evidence of the LLC and its eligible members.

Can a business use a regular savings account?

While you can technically use a regular (personal) savings account for your business, it isn’t recommended. For starters, it calls into question whether the funds it contains are personal or business in nature. And if the account actually mixes personal and business funds, you can make damaging accounting errors at the end of the year.

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