Denied Business Credit?

Denied Business Credit?

According to recent reports, as many as one third of applications for business loans are denied. If you find yourself as part of that group, there are some things you can do to help the situation. The first thing you need to do is try to determine where the problem is. Possible areas of concern may include: ● Your business profits. Does your business have a healthy profit margin?Improving your profits by reducing and trimming down the operational excess and unnecessary business spending can help improve profits and boost your chances of getting approved. ● Your business assets and liabilities. If your balance sheet is out of whack, most lenders will run the other way. If your business is already heavy on debt, then this will be an area of concern that you’ll want to address. ● Your payment histories and business credit profile. Obviously, how you are paying your existing obligations will play a role in your approval or denial for credit. If you’ve been denied business credit recently, check your Paydex and other payment performance data and make adjustments as necessary. ● Most payment experience data is only reported for 2 to 3 years (depending on the credit bureau), so if you’ve made a mistake or hit a bump or two in the road, don’t let it worry you. Just keep the positive payment history building, and make sure what is being reported to date is accurate. ● Your bank ratings. If your business bank account balances are habitually low, this can actually rule you out for certain types of business credit. Try to maintain $10,000 or...
5 Factors That Affect Your Business Credit

5 Factors That Affect Your Business Credit

What makes up your business credit score? What gives you the best chances of getting a loan? Here are a few factors that play into your business credit picture, and what you can do to make the most of them: 1.Payment History– Your payment history is an important part of your business credit profile, and is what your D&B Paydex score is based on. Many credit opportunities come with a minimum Paydex requirement. What you can do: always pay vendors EARLY. On time is “okay”, but paying early (as in before you receive the invoice) is best. 2. Credit Applications – Believe it or not, multiple applications for credit can be a red flag that will keep you from getting approved for a loan. Too many in a short period of time will make your company look desperate and be a sign to potential lenders that things are going downhill. What you can do: plan your use of credit accordingly, and keep applications to the minimum necessary to accomplish your goals. 3. Blanket UCC Filings – One thing that many people don’t realize is that they need to pay attention to the order in which they get certain types of loans, and what UCC filings the lenders will file. Some lenders may file a “blanket” UCC filing, which essentially says they have an interest in ALL of your assets. These blanket UCC filings will then take precedence over any subsequent ones, which drastically reduces your ability to get credit elsewhere. What you can do: plan your credit carefully, and negotiate UCC filings according to what your needs are. For...
Three Business Credit Myths Debunked

Three Business Credit Myths Debunked

A lot of people don’t understand the consumer credit system, and many more don’t understand the business credit system. Today I’m going to cover a couple of common business credit “myths”, and explain the truth that can be learned from them. Myth #1: Business Credit is Just Like Personal Credit This sounds like it ought to be true, but it just isn’t. Sure, the credit systems are similar. However, there are some very major differences that can seriously affect your business. For starters, the consumer credit system has, both in court and in congressional testimony, been demonstrated to be fairly anti-consumer. The system works against consumers in many cases, is prone to errors, and tends to resist the correction of any errors by consumers or their advocates. (In one example, even after a credit bureau was sued and lost in court, they continued to refuse for months to remove the incorrect information from the person’s credit reports.) The business credit system is quite different. It is not anti-business (or anti-consumer), it is less prone to errors, and when there are legitimate errors, they are generally easier to get corrected. Myth #2: It Doesn’t Hurt To Use Personal Credit In Place of Business Credit This is a problematic way of thinking that can lead to big problems down the road. Using personal credit for business purposes puts your personal credit at risk for the sake of your business. By using personal credit for business, you limit the resources available to you personally and to your business, and the end result could be disastrous. Imagine when your business credit needs exceed...
The Dun and Bradstreet Paydex Business Credit Score

The Dun and Bradstreet Paydex Business Credit Score

The main credit score used in the business world is known as a Paydex score provided by Dun and Bradstreet. This number assess a business’s lending risk much the same as a consumer credit score reflects a consumer’s individual credit risk.Paydex is essentially the business equivalent of your personal credit score. The exact definition from Dunn & Bradstreet, or D&B is: The D&B PAYDEX® Score is D&B’s unique dollar-weighted numerical indicator of how a firm paid its bills over the past year, based on trade experiences reported to D&B by various vendors. There are many BIG differences from a business Paydex credit score and an individual FICO consumer credit score. Consumer FICO credit scores range from 350-850. The Paydex Score ranges from 0-100 with 100 being the highest score you can obtain.Individual credit scores are calculated based on a number of factors. The Paydex score is calculated based on only one single factor; whether a business makes prompt payments to its suppliers and creditors within the agreed upon terms of payment. Most lenders and suppliers are looking for a score of 70 and higher. Having a score of 80 and above is very good. Here is a breakdown of how the Paydex credit score is calculated: Payment Expectation Expect payment may come early 100 Payments generally come within early payment discount period 90 Payment is prompt 80 Payment comes 14 days beyond terms 70 Payment comes 21 days beyond terms 60 Payment comes 30 days beyond terms 50 Payment comes 60 days beyond terms 40 Payment comes 90 days beyond terms 30 Payment comes 120 days beyond terms 20...