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Obtaining Corporate Credit For Your Business

Apr 4, 2008
Does it ever feel like no one wants to give you credit when you really need it. But when your personal finances are going well, you are getting offers left and right? Welcome to the reality of getting business credit, and I will tell you right now it is much harder to obtain than personal credit.

If you aren't able to meet the obligations of your business loans they will come looking for you. They can foreclose on your business and sell off your property as well as the contents. You need to always stay on top of your business expenses and talk to the lender immediately if you start to experience any problems along the way. They will be more willing to work with you at that point then once things have progressed and you are seriously behind on your payments.

You will be surprised how many people approach a lender for business credit without any real information to provide them. Sure, they talk about what they want to do and where they are going to put the business but they don't have all the details. They don't share information about the market for their business, the competition, overhead expenses, or any other details that will affect the success of their business. As a result they aren't able to establish business credit.

You may find you have to approach several lenders before you find one that is willing to give you the time of day. Be dedicated to the cause though as no one has ever become successful by giving up. It is important to realize that many doors have to close before you find one that will remain open long enough for you to step through it. Make sure your business plan is easy to follow and covers all the aspects of a new business including the risks. This will show you have taken the time to really think about the venture before attempting to secure funding for it.

However, your business plan also needs to offer some insight as to why you want to own your own business. Don't be afraid to add a few pages that talks about your skills and experiences you can use to operate the business. Let your passion for the type of business you want to operate shine through as well. Your business plan is the most powerful tool you have to convince a lender to give you a chance so make it a top priority

While business loans often have higher interest rates than personal loans you still want to keep them separate. I can't stress to you enough just how important that is. Remember how difficult it was to establish your personal credit and protect it at all costs. Don't fool yourself into thinking that you don't need business credit because you do.

Make sure you work on establishing a business line of credit and at least one business credit card early in the game. Even if you don't need to access that credit right now, it is a good safety net. You never know when you may get a terrific opportunity to fill a large order or to expand. These ventures take time and they take money so having the financing in place will be helpful. Plus establishing these types of credit and using them responsibly will help to build a solid credit history for your business.

As much as you want to establish business credit though you do need to be careful. There are plenty of scams out there in this area because they know people are depending on it to fulfill their dream of owning their own business. Try to work with lenders in your area that have a solid reputation. If you are working with an online business or one you haven't heard of before, make sure you check them out. They may be legitimate. Or they may be one more business credit scam, that has decided to move in and take advantage of hard working individuals like yourself trying to establish credit for their business.
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Robert Bain writes about how to build corporate credit the smart way, and avoid the common small business credit disasters.
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