Monday, 22 July 2019
Personal finance gurus have long emphasized knowing your personal credit score.
It's that critical three-digit number that affects your ability to get a credit card with desirable rates, a mortgage, home loan, a great job, or an apartment.
Business credit scores are just as important to entrepreneurs, since this number determines whether you qualify for credit, and on what terms. Since business credit reports are available to the public, they may also be used by potential investors, insurers, vendors, and other partners to decide whether to do business with you. The better your business credit score, the better your chances of accessing low-interest capital, great insurance rates, and relationships with valued vendors.
There are some key differences between personal and business credit scores.
Just as with a personal credit history, it's important to keep a close eye on your business credit score. There are a number of credit-rating agencies, but the big ones are Experian, Dunn & Bradstreet, and Equifax. They all use several factors to determine your business credit score, which may consider things like payment history, credit history, public records, and information about your industry.
Not only should you know your score, you should also check your business credit report for possible errors. If you find an error, make sure you take the steps to correct your report. Collect the evidence that supports your case. This includes bank or credit card statements, invoices, notes from phone calls, and phone messages or emails between yourself and the reporting party will help expedite resolution.
Contact the credit bureaus and make your case. Each of the major reporting bureaus have an automated system for filing disputes, so check their websites and follow up. Unlike personal credit scores, these agencies do not have a time mandate for investigating disputes.
The bureaus charge modest fees for pulling your reports, but knowing and understanding your business credit score is important for any entrepreneur. Consider it an investment.
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