The Importance of a Business Credit Score

All businesses -both large and small – all rely on good credit standing for a favorable stand with prospective lenders. By having an excellent business score, a business owner can be confident that he can obtain the financial assistance he needs at any time without difficulty.

But building a credit history for your company is not achieved in an instant. Time and effort is also needed in order to build a solid credit. In this article, let’s discuss the necessary steps to establish your own corporate credit.

Ensure your business entity. The legality of your business is crucial in establishing business credit. First, you need to define the legal entity of your business. It can either be a corporation or an LLC (Limited Liability Company) to qualify for a bank loan. If your business is a sole proprietorship, you may not qualify for a business loan and it would be easier to apply for a personal loan instead.

Proof of existence. In order to be considered as a legitimate company, you need to have a physical address, a business telephone number, and a complete contact information. A website and an e-mail would not be a sufficient proof of your company’s existence since anyone can easily create a presence online. Having a physical address is what’s most important.

Obtain all necessary business permits and licenses. Make sure that you’ve secured all licenses and permits that are required for all businesses in your local state.

Register for a business tax ID number. A business that has been in operations for at least 2 years should have a complete record of financial statements and have its own tax ID number. Make sure that your tax ID number, EIN (employer ID number), and licenses are all listed in the same exact legal company name.

Establish your business savings account. Having your own business bank account is a solid proof that your business is financially stable. A balance of at least $10,000 for the past three months is considered as favorable and stable.

Establish at least 5 trade references. Build up a good business-to-business relationship with your suppliers or business partners so you can use them as references for establishing your business credit.

Register your business with a business credit bureau. Before you can start building your company’s credit history, you need to register your company with a business credit bureau like Dun & Bradstreet or Experian. D & B is a leading business credit reporting agency in the US.

Get a business card. After registering your company with a credit bureau, applying for a business card is a great way to build up your credit. As you use your small business credit card with your expenses, you are also building up a solid credit history. Of course, maintaining an excellent credit history depends on how well you handle your credit card account. If you make it a point to stay within your credit limit and if you’re always on time with your payments, you are building a positive reputation for your business.