Category: Business Credit

Signing up for a business credit card can be very fiscally beneficial to your growing company. Before submitting that application, however, you  should become familiar with five of the most frequently asked questions about business credit cards. 1. Can a startup business qualify for a business credit card? Yes, startup companies are eligible for credit cards as soon as they are officially established. In order to qualify, credit card lenders will use the owner’s personal credit score and income. 2. […]

‘Licensed and bonded.’ You may have come across that term before when searching for a plumber or other contractor, but what does the ‘bonded’ part mean? If you run a business that owes its existence to contracts or short-term projects, being bonded can make a huge difference. Being bonded means that your work is backed by a surety bond. This is basically like insurance to your clients that you will get the project done as promised or you will repay them for any financial losses if you […]

Adding new, updated equipment is often the best way to keeping your small business at the forefront of competition while simultaneously increasing your profits. New equipment can be very expensive though, requiring your company to seek business loan funding. While securing small business financing can be tricky, doing a little research can help you put together the right loan package for your firm. The first step is to determine your loan needs. How much money do you need to borrow? How quickly […]

Every small business owner looks forward to the day his or her company takes off and has more demand than supply. You might need to pay for more inventory or marketing for gaining new customers, or in other cases you may be ready to buy out the competition or merge with another firm. When that day arrives, it is smart to be prepared with a source of expansion financing – in other words, a way to pay for that quick growth. Here are three things to know to help you know when and how to secure expansion […]

Every small business will need an infusion of cash at some point. When the need arises, a business loan with a traditional lender generally has the best interest rates and loan terms. It also requires more from borrowers though, including some form of collateral. The bank will examine your business credit as well as your revenue and your company’s financial history. If the lender determines you have enough income to repay the loan, the bank will also ask you to provide collateral – a secondary […]

You’ve hit a wall in your business growth. You need more working capital. A small business loan can be the safest and cheapest way to obtain the funding your company desperately needs. The requirements can be stringent and the application process can be extensive. Here are 5 ways to be prepared for small business loan success. 1. Prepare to Explain the Reasons for Your Loan In order for a lender to approve your loan proposal they will need to see a convincing reason for the funds. If you are […]

Making a mistake with your business credit can cost you in your credit score for months to years. While the formulas for business credit agencies are not as transparent or consistent as those for personal credit scores, there are still several big no-no’s that will stay on your record the longest. Here are the 3 biggest business credit mistakes you can make: 1. Liens A lien is a legal claim against your company’s property or assets. It is usually the result of vendor or business loan repayment […]

For businesses that have gotten into financial tax trouble, the Internal Revenue Service has a program that can aid business owners in cleaning out their debts and getting back to running their companies. Started in 2013, the IRS Fresh Start program  helps businesses deal with tax liens, make easier payments and even settle their tax debts for less than they owe. Tax liens are government claims on your profits or property due to failure to pay the required taxes. All types of liens will hurt […]

The major credit reporting agencies are being forced this summer to change some of their data collection policies, a move likely to buoy personal credit scores and give small business owners access to more business funding. Because of a 2015 settlement with the New York Attorney General, the three major credit bureaus – Experian, Equifax and TransUnion – are altering some of their policies that will affect the credit scores of millions of Americans. Before the settlement, the big three agencies […]

Starting and growing a small business requires plenty of capital. And yet, without a strong or long business history most lenders are hesitant to loan money to new companies. The result: many fledgling small businesses turn to their credit cards to finance their operations. In fact, the U.S. Small Business Administration reported that 65 percent of small business owners rely on credit cards regularly to provide working capital. The problem with maxing out personal or business credit card to finance […]