Tag: Business Credit Score

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

When you apply for a business loan, you may feel like the bank’s approval process is like a black box of secretive decisions. While every lender may have a few unique lending criteria, in general all lenders will take four factors into account when choosing which loans to approve. Cash Flow Lenders are going to decide if your business is worthy of a loan based on the inflow and outflow of cash from your business bank account. The bank will want to see a high average daily balance, a significant […]

Building up a good business credit score is more important to obtaining business funding than most entrepreneurs realize. In fact, one of the most frequent reasons that small business loans are denied is because of low personal and business credit scores. After establishing a credit profile with business credit agency Dunn & Bradstreet, small business owners should apply for a business credit card and start using it responsibly to start building a good credit report. These cards can provide […]

A startup company is almost always synonymous with being short on business funding. Getting a business off the ground requires raising money and being efficient with that working capital. Here are a few tips to help you put your limited funds to good use as your business continues to grow. Keep Marketing to a Minimum In today’s digital age, there are so many ways to get your name out there without spending lots of money on traditional marketing. Start with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and any […]

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 […]

Having access to cash as a small business is crucial for growth and flexibility. Business lines of credit have always been an ideal source of financing…for those who could qualify. A traditional line of credit from a bank offers some of the lowest rates and largest credit maximums, but they also require good credit scores and proven track records of substantial annual revenue. Fortunately, for all those businesses that don’t fit that profile, many alternative lenders offer business lines of credit […]

The following are four of the best ways to strengthen your credit profile in order to get your firm the funding it needs