Build Business Credit Reports You Can Be Proud About Having
by Marco Carbajo, Guest Blogger
- Created: February 11, 2014, 2:20 pm
Business credit reports play an integral role in credit risk assessment and company research. Access to detailed information about a business such as background info, financial data, payment trends, company size, payment history and public filings provide the necessary details lenders, suppliers, investors and potential business partners need.
Your company credit reports and scores are constantly changing based on a variety of factors, including payment history, number of trade lines and outstanding balances. It’s essential to keep a close eye on your reports and watch out for changes that could affect your ability to acquire credit.
It’s vital to build and maintain business credit reports you can proud of. Did you know potential business partners and investors may evaluate your company credit files to acquire background information on your business, evaluate financials and review what other companies you're working with?
Building and improving the depth and diversity of your business credit reports will have lasting benefits financially and provide greater financing opportunities. While it may take time to build business credit that has depth and diversity, it’s equally important to take the time to manage and protect the good credit your company has already established. To accomplish this you should monitor your reports on a regular basis.
Here are five reasons to build strong business credit reports:
- Creditworthiness - Lending institutions, creditors and suppliers will check your business credit reports prior to extending or increasing your company’s line of credit. Additionally, they monitor your reports routinely to assess your company's ability to pay and may adjust credit terms prior to financial difficulties emerging.
- Customer acquisition - It’s not uncommon for potential customers to check a business's credit record to see if a company is a legal and credible business before working with them. This is not an unusual practice in today's business environment.
- Partnerships & joint ventures - Various other companies could evaluate your reports if they are thinking about collaborating with you. For example, by recognizing one of the most creditworthy companies, a business could supply first-time consumers a line of credit at very little risk.
- Insurance premiums - Company insurance policy costs are based upon information acquired from your company reports. Insurance companies make use of business credit reports for underwriting insurance policies. Factors that play a role in just how they forecast danger include industry classification, payment trends, trade experiences, and debt to credit ratios.
- Government contracts - Federal government departments also assess company credit records for companies wanting to do business with the government, collecting taxes, and fulfilling government deals. For instance, in order to obtain a federal contract your company must be registered to start marketing to government agencies. This registration process includes getting a DUNS number from Dun & Bradstreet.
It's crucial to keep track of the health of your business credit reports as it is the basis for decisions other businesses, lenders, suppliers, government agencies, insurance firms and consumers make concerning your company. Monitoring your reports is important so you should regularly check and ensure details regarding your company are accurate and up to date.
About the Author
Marco Carbajo is CEO of the Business Credit Insiders Circle (www.businesscreditblogger.com), a step-by-step business credit building system providing lines of credit, trade credit and funding sources.
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