Business Credit vs. Personal Credit
We are used to dealing with personal credit checks, personal credit cards, personal loans and even personal credit scores like the FICO. Business credit concepts are a little different. First and foremost, personal credit protection laws do not apply to business credit. Accessing business credit does not invite any interference into your personal money and credit balance. It is best to maintain business credit as separate from personal credit. By building business credit, you can apply for business credit cards and small business loans without submitting to a personal credit check in most cases. When you build business credit, it opens up a whole new plethora of opportunities for you.
In essence, business credit is a statement about the capability of an organization to make good on their debts. This will require the creation of a strong business credit profile and one can make use of credit builder programs to do so. These are organizations and professionals who help you with business credit building in the best and fastest possible way.
You will have to register your business first to make use of the business credit you have. Find vendors and creditors who are ready to extend a business line of credit to you. Business credit bureaus like Dunn & Bradstreet, Equifax Business, Experian Business and Business credit USA will evaluate and give you a business credit score. You will, however, have to volunteer payment information and vendor approvals to them for this.
Some vendors require a personal guarantee check to be given. As much as possible, avoid such creditors and refrain from mixing your business and personal credit. The reason behind this is that if you have worked hard to build business credit but it is still linked to your personal credit via guarantees then you may be at risk of liens being placed on your personal property if a business debt remains unpaid.
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Sherry Gain is an advocate for real estate and small business owners alike. Find out more about Building Business Credit now!.