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The Importance of a Business Credit Report

Aug 17, 2007
A business credit report is essential for anyone who is actively engaged in business. Your business credit report, if you own or manage a business, is a tool that you can use to acquire loans for working capital, expansion, advertising and marketing expenses, or meeting payroll. If you own or manage a business you know how important positive cash flow can be, and your business credit report can affect your ability to borrow money when it is needed.

As an example, let's say you run a manufacturing company and have a large order. You'll make a good profit on the order, but must buy raw materials in order to make the money. A short term loan would make it possible to buy the materials, manufacture the needed product, delivery it, send an invoice and collect your fees, then paying back the loan with a nice amount left over to make your company financially healthy. The information on your business credit report will determine whether or not a bank or other lender will make the loan to your company, and if they will make it what type of collateral they will ask for and what interest rate they will charge. In other words, the terms of the loan are dictated by your business credit report.

Having a positive business credit report also reflects on the reputation of your company. If you have a positive business credit report, which can be checked out of course, then new clients will realize that they can trust your company with orders and with their own reputation. Your business credit report can therefore be seen as a tool of marketing and public relations. You can use it to acquire new clients, and this in turn will allow your company to make more money with new clients, creating an even more positive business credit report. It is almost like a self-perpetuating cycle or self-fulfilling prophecy. If you have a good business credit report, you are more likely to continue having a good business credit report. With that in mind it is easy to understand why a company's financial officers should monitor the credit report on a regular basis, making sure that no mistakes or inaccuracies get into it and fixing problems as soon as they arise. Your company's business credit report, as you can see, is an important tool for your company's financial health and something you should take care of.
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S. Stammberger is the owner of Financial Advisory Network. Visit her website and get online money management tips, resources for managing your finances, doing business online, and more.
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