MICHELLE BOWENS(800) rporatecreditsolutions.comSPECIAL ALERT BULLETIN FOR ENTREPRENEURS AND BUSINESS OWNERS WHO NEED BUSINESS FINANCINGHOW TO BUILD CREDITFOR YOUR EIN WITHOUTUSING YOUR SSN
Business credit is obtained in a business name.You can build your business credit with its owncredit profile and credit score. Whenestablished, the business will then qualify for credit.This credit is in the business name and based on thebusiness’s ability to pay, not the business owner’s.Since the business qualifies for the credit, in somecases, no personal credit check will be required fromthe business owner.There are many benefits that business credit provides,including that a credit profile can be built for abusiness that is completely separate from thebusiness owner’s personal credit profile. This givesbusiness owners DOUBLE the borrowing power, asthey have both personal and business credit profilesat their disposal.Business credit scores are based only on whether thebusiness pays its bills on time. A business owner canobtain credit much faster using their business creditprofile versus their personal credit profile. Approvallimits are much higher on business accounts ascompared to personal accounts, which is anotherbenefit. Per the SBA, credit limits on business cardsare usually 10–100 times higher than consumer creditavailable.When done correctly, business credit can be builtwithout a personal credit check. Business credit canbe obtained quickly, regardless of personal creditquality. Plus, most business credit can be obtainedwithout the owner taking on personal liability orproviding a personal guarantee. When there is nocollateral, a business owner’s personal assets can’t bepursued in case of a default.Even though most don’t know this, when a businessowner applies for financing, their business credit ISreviewed. Not having business credit established willget an owner DECLINED for financing. There are noregulations that require the lenders notify the businessowner of their denial reason, so most never know.Business credit can be used to qualify for revolvingstore credit cards, such as Staples, Lowes, Sam’s Club,Costco, BP, Walmart, and even Mastercard, Visa, andAmerican Express. The business can also be used toqualify for credit lines and loans.When done correctly,business credit can bebuilt without a personalcredit check 2
BUSINESS CREDIT BUILDING,STEP 1:Building Your BusinessCredibilityThe perception that lenders, vendors, and creditorshave of your business is critical to your ability to buildstrong business credit. Before applying for businesscredit, a business must insure it meets or exceeds alllender credibility standards. There are over 20credibility points that indicate a strong, crediblebusiness foundation.When building business credit, it is important to useyour exact legal business name. Your full businessname should include any recorded DBA filing you willbe using. Make sure that your business name isexactly the same on your corporation papers, licenses,and bank statements.You can build business credit with almost anycorporate entity type. If you truly want to separatebusiness credit from personal credit, then yourbusiness must be a separate legal entity and not asole proprietor or partnership. This can be confirmedat tax time: You need to be filing as a Corporation oran LLC entity in order to separate personal frombusiness.Whether you have employees or not, your businessentity must have a Federal Tax ID number (EIN). Justlike you have a Social Security Number, your businesshas an EIN. Your Tax ID number is used to open yourbank account and to build your business credit profile.Take the time to verify that all agencies, banks, andtrade credit vendors have your business listed withthe same Tax ID number.Your business address must be a real brick-and-mortarbuilding, deliverable physical address, and cannot be ahome address, P.O. Box, or a personal mailbox at theUPS Store. Some lenders will not approve and fund abusiness unless this criterion is met.You must have a dedicated business phone numberthat is listed with 411 directory assistance, under thebusiness’s name. Lenders, vendors, creditors, andeven insurance providers will verify that your businessis listed with 411. A toll-free number will give yourbusiness credibility, but you must have a LOCALbusiness number for the listing with 411 directoryassistance.Lenders perceive 800 numbers or toll-free phonenumbers as a sign of business credibility. Even if you'rea single owner with a home-based business, a toll-freenumber provides the perception that you are an evenbigger company. It’s incredibly easy and inexpensive tosetup a virtual local phone number or a toll-free 800number. A cell or home phone number as your mainbusiness line could get you "flagged" as an unestablished business that is too high of a risk. DON'Tgive a personal cell phone or residential phone numberas the business phone number. You can forward avirtual number to any cell or land-line phone number.Credit providers will research your company on theinternet. It is best if they learn everything directly fromyour company website. Not having a companywebsite will severely hurt your chances of obtainingbusiness credit. There are many places online thatoffer affordable business websites, so you can have aninternet presence that displays an overview of yourcompany's services and contact information.It is important to get a company email address foryour business. It's not only professional but alsogreatly helps your chances of getting the thumbs upfrom a credit provider. Setting up a business emailaddress is just too easy and inexpensive to neglect.One of the most common mistakes when buildingcredit for your company is non-matching businessaddresses on your business licenses. Even worse is nothaving the "required" licenses for your type of businessto operate legally. You will need to contact the state,county, and city government offices to see if there areany required licenses and permits to operate your typeof business in the locality where you live and work.Make sure that your state and county licenses and/orpermits and any necessary city license and/or permits,along with IRS filings, are listed correctly. Take thetime to verify that main agencies, such as your state,the IRS, your bank, and the 411 national directory haveyour business listed the same way and with yourExact Legal Name. Also take the time to ensure thatevery bill you get (power, phone, landlord, etc.) showsyour business name correctly and comes to yourbusiness’s address.3
BUSINESS CREDIT BUILDING,STEP 2:Getting Your BusinessCredit ReportsBusiness Credit reports are offered by Experian, Dun& Bradstreet (D&B), and Equifax. You will first want toget a copy of your business credit reports to see whatis listed in them when starting to build your businesscredit. You won’t need to get reports from all three,but you should at least have monitoring setup withD&B and possibly Experian.Smart Business credit reports from Experian cost 37–175. With these reports, you can find out how manytrade lines are reporting, see if you have a businesscredit score assigned, find out if you have an activeExperian business profile, and check on recent inquiries.Creating a file with Equifax Small Business often takesmore time than creating one with D&B and Experian.This is because not a lot of vendors and creditorsactually report to Equifax, most of them report toExperian or D&B. This is also why it’s important toapply with the credit providers who report to Equifaxwhen you find them. You can get setup for Equifaxcredit monitoring for as little as 19.95 monthly.BUSINESS CREDIT BUILDING,STEP 3:Obtaining VendorCreditD&B offers a CreditMonitor product where you canget unlimited access to your D&B reports and scoresfor 49 monthly.A business credit report can be started much the sameas a consumer report, with small credit cards. Thebusiness can use these cards, commonly referred to as“vendor credit,” to help build an initial credit profile.IMPORTANT NOTEBuilding your business credit profile and score mustbegin with starter vendors. Starter vendors are onesthat will give you initial credit even if you have nocredit, no score, or no trade lines now. Most stores,like Staples, will NOT give you initial starter credit, sodon’t even waste your time to apply. Most stores willNOT approve a business owner for business creditunless the owner has an established credit profile andscore, just like in the consumer world. Vendoraccounts must be used first to establish a profile andscore, and then store credit can be obtained.Establishing a score and profile with trade lines usuallytakes only 90 days or less.If you do get setup for this you might get a callfrom Dun & Bradstreet Credibility. Keep in mindthis is not D&B, but this is a completely separateand privately-owned company.Do NOT purchase their “credit builder” program, nomatter what they might tell you. This is NOTsomething you need—and NOT something you shouldpay for. Their program only adds trade references toyour report, but instead you will be building yourbusiness credit using real and useable credit.4
A vendor line of credit is when a company (i.e., avendor) extends a line of credit to your business onNet 15-, 30-, 60-, or 90-day terms. This means thatyou can purchase their products or services up to amaximum dollar amount, and you have 15, 30, 60, or90 days to pay the bill in full. So, if you're set up onNet 30 terms and purchase 300 worth of goodstoday, then that 300 is due within the next 30 days.Always apply with your EIN first, without using yourSSN. Some vendors will request it and some will eventell you on the phone that they need to have it, butsubmit first without it. Most credit issuers will approveyou without your SSN if your EIN credit is strongenough. If your EIN credit is not good enough, youmight be declined, and they then might ask for yourSSN. No matter what ANY credit representative tellsyou, credit CAN be obtained based on your EIN only.When your first Net 30 account reports your "tradeline" to D&B, the DUNS system will automaticallyactivate your file if it isn't already active. This is alsotrue for Experian and Equifax.You need to have a total of at least five ‘Net 30 days’accounts reporting. Some vendors require an initialprepaid order before they can approve your businessfor such terms.BUSINESS CREDIT BUILDING,STEP 4:Getting RevolvingCreditAfter five trade lines are established using vendoraccounts, obtaining revolving accounts is the nextstep. Business owners can use revolving accountcards and not be required to pay the full balanceowed each month.Revolving account approvals will begin coming fromstores. Store revolving credit must be obtained beforethe business owner starts getting cards from Visa,Mastercard, American Express, and other such cards.Most stores will NOT approve a business owner forbusiness credit unless the owner has an establishedcredit profile and score, just like in the consumerworld. Vendor accounts must be used first to establish5
a profile and score, then store credit can be obtained.It usually takes only 90 days or less to establish ascore and profile with trade lines.Most major retail stores offer business creditaccounts, although they don’t promote that they do.Major retailers offer business credit, including thefollowing: Walmart, Target, Best Buy, Amazon, Sam’sClub, Costco, Staples, Office Depot, Lowes, HomeDepot, BP, Chevron, and others. Most of theseretailers will approve you for new credit once youhave a credit profile established, have a good businesscredit score that results from you paying your bills ontime, and have five or more payment experiencesestablished on your business credit profile.Once 10 total accounts are reflected on the credithistory, an owner can start applying for Visa,Mastercard, American Express, and other similar typesof credit. Approval amounts will be equivalent to thehighest credit limit account on the business report.Try to have 10 accounts with at least one of themhaving a 10k high limit. It is essential to keep using thecredit, keep applying for more, and talk with creditproviders to raise credit limits. If you do this, businesscredit will keep growing until higher-limit credit linesare obtained, within 6–12 months.Building business credit is truly as easy as buildingconsumer credit, once you know the proper steps totake. Now you know the ‘4 essential steps’ to take tobuild business credit that’s linked to your EIN but not toyour SSN. The next step is to take action on the firststep: Make sure your business is setup credibly. Whileyou are doing this, get your business credit reportaccess established. Then you can start building yourvendor credit to establish your credit profile and score,so you can start securing revolving credit accounts. 2019 The Distributor of this e-Book, all rights reserved.No reproduction or use of any portion of the content orwork or the entire work is permitted without the expresswritten permission and authorization of the publisher.However, the publisher of these materials routinely grantsauthorization for reproduction or use of this work, in wholeor in part. If you would like to use any portion of thismaterial in a book, article, e-zine, newsletter, radio, ortelevision broadcast, pod cast or in any other seminarteleconference or other events or publications pleaseemail or call the distributor of this guide.READY, SET, GO Good Luck on Building YourBusiness Credit!6
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