Building A Positive Business Credit Profile

Starting a new business can be quite a challenge and to top it all off, you have got to work on getting funding for your start up too. If you are new to the business industry and you think that asking loans from banks may be just what you need to get a head start on that dream business of yours, you have got to be ready to stumble and fall a few times before you finally get that loan.
Let's say you have a good enough credit rating and your co-signer's rating is higher than yours, do you think that's already a guarantee that you can get a bank loan? No sir! For businesses which are fairly new (about a year or younger in operation), banks are a bit on the conservative side in lending the amount of money you are asking for. I'm not saying that they will not grant you the loan. They might if your FICO score is high but it also depends on the loan amount you are asking for. Banks may grant you a loan but it could be at a smaller amount than what you had originally asked for.

 You may already have started your own business but once you realize that you need an unsecured business line of credit, don't be surprised if you get a call from your bank saying that your application looks dim. This is the reason why entrepreneurs need to have a positive business credit profile.

Tips to Establish a Business Credit Profile:

  • Register your company with all the business credit bureaus.
  • Prepare a professional business plan.
  • Check your profile and make sure that the payments you have made to vendors, suppliers and lending companies all reflect that you are a good and timely payer.
  • Even though your business credit is separate from your personal credit, there are some lending institutions which checks your personal credit profile so you have to keep both in order.
You can also check out Dun & Bradstreet's steps to proactively improve your business credit profile.

1 comment:

Michelle Dunn said...

I wanted to also add that in addition to having a business plan, if you also have a marketing plan and credit policy when you approach the bank you have a much better chance of getting credit with them. Your credit plan outlines how you will be paid, when you will be paid and what will happen if customers don't pay you - all reflect on your business credit.