A business credit score is the metric many financing companies and even prospective clients will use to gauge a business’ trustworthiness and fiscal responsibility. At every stage in any business’ cycle having as high a FICO as possible is essential. Achieving and maintaining a healthy credit rating can make qualifying for financing at better rates as well as being accepted by your industry’s best suppliers easier. In the beginning, some business owners may take a somewhat creative approach to financing, extending their personal credit too far to get their business off the ground. Those decisions can sometimes come back and haunt a business owner down the road.
It is very common for successful businesses to have had a rocky financial start. According to the Federal Reserve Bank, about 45% of small business borrowers are turned down by banks because of their credit scores. National Business Capital, a leading alternative financing company, however, has an over 90% acceptance rate and financial underwriting that is not solely based on FICO. Realizing that it is important for business owners to maintain their upward momentum, National Business Capital offers these steps for improving their business credit score and to increase their chances to obtain small business financing:
- An established credit history weighs favorably with potential financiers so it is important to demonstrate responsible spending habits. Use your credit cards and lines of credit, but do not max these out. Limit spending to within 20% to 30%.
- Another aspect to establishing a positive credit history is to make certain to make payments on time. Those who pay their bills earlier than expected also find favor with lenders.
- For vendors, use companies that report to credit bureaus. This will boost your business credit just by making timely payments.
- Do not repeat the financial mistakes of the past. A business’ financial history is a public document, and bankruptcies, liens or other judgements remain on a financial report for up to 10 years.
Sound Advice to Build Your Business’ Credit
Building solid business credit will assist companies to qualify for lower-interest small business financing, business credit cards and better terms with favored suppliers. So here is a quick recap of the steps to take to improve your business’ credit:
- Keep your credit information current via credit bureaus
- Establish solid trade lines
- Make payments on time, early if possible
- Do not repeat prior credit mistakes
If you have questions about how to improve your business credit to qualify for small business financing, please call National Business Capital’s Business Consultants at (888) 888-9124 for a confidential consultation.