71: Establishing And Building Credit For Your Business Whether You Are Starting A Business


71: Establishing And Building Credit For Your Business Whether You Are Starting A Business, You Are Self-Employed, A Solopreneur, Entrepreneur, Small Business Owner, Remote Virtual Online Bookkeeper, Virtual Assistant Or VA


Obtaining credit for a business, is critical so that they can borrow additional funds if needed. Establishing and building business credit is essential for any business owner, whether they are looking to expand and grow their company with financing or even if they don’t intend on utilizing any financing. By establishing a good credit history with lenders, you can access the capital you need to finance your operations, purchase inventory and supplies, and expand your business. There are several things you can do to build strong business credit, but before you can establish any business credit, you need to make sure your business is structured properly. In today's podcast episode, I am outlining not only the very first step you need to take so that you can start building your credit profile, but also a few other important steps you need to take to build credit for your business. Establishing and building credit for your business is something you will build over time, and it doesn’t matter if you are just getting started with your business, you're a self-employed individual, a solopreneur, entrepreneur, small business owner, a remote, virtual, online or in-house bookkeeper, or a virtual assistant or VA good credit has many positive impacts for your business. If you need to establish or build credit in your business, you'll want to implement these steps early in your business. Building credit for your business takes time and the sooner you start, the more time you'll have to generate transactions that build your credit. It doesn't matter if you are using a computerized software system like QuickBooks, Xero, Wave, or FreshBooks for your business finances, or if you are doing your bookkeeping manually with an Excel spreadsheet or even a Google document, this episode will provide steps for you to ensure your business is building business credit…


Apply to join the Mastering Your Small Business Finances CEO Mastermind or the Elevate Your Bookkeeping Business GROW Mastermind group:

https://www.financialadventure.com/mastermind


Grab Your FREE guide: 5 Essential Strategies For Stress-Free Bookkeeping:

https://www.financialadventure.com/5essentials


Looking for a payroll solution for your business? You can get an exclusive 15% discount on your payroll services when you sign up here:

https://www.financialadventure.com/adp


Looking for an extremely beneficial online bookkeeping resource? Join us in our Mastering Your Small Business Finances Membership where you can ask questions and get answers regarding your specific business. We dive deeper into the topics on this podcast, provide additional resources and accountability:

https://www.financialadventure.com/mysbf


Fill out the Contact Us form or schedule a call if you have a question or need help with your bookkeeping or payroll:

https://www.financialadventure.com/contact-us


Your FREE Online Virtual Bookkeeping Business Starter Guide & Success Path is waiting for you:

https://www.financialadventure.com/starterguide


Sign up for a virtual coffee chat to see if starting a Bookkeeping Business is right for you:

https://www.financialadventure.com/discovery


Join Our Facebook Community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/womenbusinessownersultimatediybookkeepingboutique


Are you a bookkeeper looking to start, grow or scale your bookkeeping business? Join our FREE bookkeeper community here:

https://www.financialadventure.com/bookkeepercommunity


QuickBooks Online - Save 50% Your First 3 Months:

https://www.financialadventure.com/quickbooks


Show Notes:


Obtaining credit for a business, is critical so that they can borrow additional funds if needed. Establishing and building business credit is essential for any business owner, whether they are looking to expand and grow their company with financing or even if they don’t intend on utilizing any financing. By establishing a good credit history with lenders, you can access the capital you need to finance your operations, purchase inventory and supplies, and expand your business. There are several things you can do to build strong business credit, but before you can establish any business credit, you need to make sure your business is structured properly. In today's podcast episode, I am outlining not only the very first step you need to take so that you can start building your credit profile, but also a few other important steps you need to take to build credit for your business. Establishing and building credit for your business is something you will build over time, and it doesn’t matter if you are just getting started with your business, you're a self-employed individual, a solopreneur, entrepreneur, small business owner, a remote, virtual, online or in-house bookkeeper, or a virtual assistant or VA good credit has many positive impacts for your business. If you need to establish or build credit in your business, you'll want to implement these steps early in your business. Building credit for your business takes time and the sooner you start, the more time you'll have to generate transactions that build your credit. It doesn't matter if you are using a computerized software system like QuickBooks, Xero, Wave, or FreshBooks for your business finances, or if you are doing your bookkeeping manually with an Excel spreadsheet or even a Google document, this episode will provide steps for you to ensure your business is building business credit…

Welcome Back...Having good personal credit can help you get lower insurance premiums, lower interest rates and many other benefits. Very similar to having good personal credit, when your business has established good credit, you will start to see some of these benefits in your business as well. Having benefits like these to fall back on when needed in your business is important. Establishing and building your business credit is similar to how you can improve your personal credit, but there are some very distinctive steps you need to make so that you are actually improving your business credit.


First, you need to make sure that your business is set up separately from you personally. If you don’t take this first step, you will continue to build credit on yourself personally rather than for the business. This means that you need to create a separate entity for your business. If your business is operating as a sole proprietorship, you will continue to build personal credit rather than business credit since the sole proprietorship is essentially you running the business and the business taxes and business credit will be tied to you as an individual and will reflect on your personal credit history.


You would need to incorporate your business or form an LLC so that you have a business that is legally separate from you as the owner.


When you incorporate or form an LLC, you will obtain an EIN number. This EIN number is what differentiates your business as a separate entity. You will use this number when you file your tax return as well as many other instances in your business. As long as your business is active and there are no serious errors on your tax filings, having a history of filing taxes on time will be one of the key things lenders look at when establishing business credit for your company.


Next, you’ll want to open a business bank account in the legal business name. You will use this account to pay for your business transactions. It is important that you use this account for business purposes only. Do not commingle your business and personal funds in this account.


Whenever possible, have the phone number that you set up for your business in your business name. Make sure to use this business number whenever referencing your business rather than a personal phone number.


Now that we’ve gone over what you need to be able to establish credit under your business, let’s talk about how you can build your business credit. You need to make sure that whenever you are using a vendor that you want to use to build credit for your business that the vendor is reporting to one of the major credit bureaus. This is why one of the most popular ways for businesses to build credit is to apply for a business credit card. Credit card companies will usually report your credit to one of the major credit bureaus. Having at least one business credit card that is in the business name can be beneficial for more than just building credit, but you will need to make sure that you are making your payments on time and not letting any late payments negatively impact your credit.


Whenever you are collaborating with additional vendors, find out if they are reporting your credit to the major credit bureaus as well. These vendors may be utility companies or even vendors you are utilizing as a supplier. When negotiating terms with your vendors you will again want to make sure you are paying these vendors on time or even a little early. When you pay your vendors or your credit card payments early, you can actually better your score that is based on your payment history. Even if you are having trouble making your payments, try to avoid skipping payments. Pay at least the minimums and work with your vendors to get back on track and avoid paying any late fees whenever possible. Skipping business payments is a sure way to put a damper on your business credit.


Securing a line of credit with your vendors or financial institution or borrowing from a lender that reports to the major credit bureaus is another way you can help build your business credit. Banks will normally report to the major credit bureaus, but you can always ask prior to taking out the line of credit to make sure so that your credit continues to build. Having this additional cash from a line of credit available to you in the event that your cash flow is not enough to sustain your business is another way you can build your credit as well as ensure your business is set up to run efficiently during a hardship.


Now that you have followed the steps to establish and build your business credit, you will want to make sure you are monitoring your credit as well. It's important to monitor your business credit regularly so you can know exactly how your business is doing when applying for business financing. This will help you establish a clear picture of your business financial identity and give you an accurate portrayal of what potential lenders see when they look at your business credit. If there are any major changes in the way your business finances appear, especially if you have had problems with late payments or missed deadlines this may be a sign that something is going wrong with your business and needs to be addressed as soon as possible to avoid hurting your business credit. It is also important to watch for fraudulent activity. By monitoring your credit regularly, you can quickly begin to fix any fraudulent activity or flaws you may be seeing in your credit reports.

The importance of business credit cannot be overstated. Lenders will typically look at business credit reports before they even lend to a business owner for some quick information on how well the company has done financially in the past and what kind of history it has with its creditors. With that said, establishing business credit can be just as important for businesses with no intentions of taking out any lines of business financing because having good business credit opens up many opportunities and benefits for the business.


Establishing credit is a crucial step in starting and growing your own business. If you are new to the world of entrepreneurship, it can be hard to know where to begin. By following these steps, you will have established business accounts and lines of credit with banks as well as vendors which are important for all businesses and set your business up for successful financing opportunities in the future. If you are looking for a place where you can confidentially discuss your business needs, I invite you to look into and join one of our mastermind groups. These groups include business owners who are facing the same issues and struggles as you, and meet on a monthly basis. You can gain the insight, knowledge and accountability they each have to offer to help your business succeed. You can go to www.FinancialAdventure.com/Mastermind to learn more. I have a couple of mastermind and coaching groups which are advantageous for both your development as a business owner and the success and growth of your business. Our masterminds cover many of the significant topics you run into in your business. If you are looking for one on one consulting, you are ready to be laser focused on the achievements you want to accomplish and you are looking for an intimate setting with a small group of business owners who have a similar vision as you to raise your business to the next level, there are two masterminds for you to choose from. The Mastering Your Small Business Finances CEO Mastermind is an elite mastermind group for entrepreneurs & business owners who want to level up their business and reach their business goals faster and more efficiently with an experienced, trusted, and knowledgeable group of members who want to help you as much as they are looking for help themselves. The second is the Elevate Your Bookkeeping Business GROW Mastermind. This mastermind is for bookkeepers who want to grow and expand their bookkeeping business by leveraging the experience and knowledge from other bookkeepers and accountants who are looking to add clients and increase profits in their bookkeeping business as well. Both mastermind options are perfect for you if you are ready to grow your business and desire the input, guidance, and feedback from other successful entrepreneurs, whether you are just getting started in your business, or if you’ve been in business for a while.


I also want to mention that if you are struggling to get your bookkeeping up to date for the upcoming tax deadline, I am offering a few private remote sessions where you and I can work together on your actual bookkeeping data to get caught up or to set up your own individual strategy plan so that you know exactly what you need to do to have your bookkeeping up to date. We can start from scratch or if you’ve already started recording your transactions but have that odd feeling that something just isn’t quite right, we’ll walk through it together. You can schedule either a one-hour session or sign up for one of my VIP days where we can really dig in and get you caught up. This option is great for those of you who may need to work on your last year’s information so that you can have everything ready to file your tax return. If you’d like to schedule some one on one time with me, you can go to www.FinancialAdventure.com/Contact-Us and sign up for a call so that we can discuss your specific needs for your business. I’ll post links to these and other valuable resources for business owners and bookkeepers where you are listening to this podcast and in the show notes.

And, you know I’m going to ask…what’s at least one thing you will take away from this episode that will help your business succeed and grow your bottom line? If you need some accountability, join our PRIVATE Facebook community, and post your action item, we’d love to support you.

Featured Posts
Posts are coming soon
Stay tuned...
Recent Posts
Archive
Search By Tags
Follow Us
  • Facebook Basic Square
  • Twitter Basic Square