Statistics show that 94.7% of all small business owners feel their only financial resources are their local banks or personal credit cards… even though their local banks often require them to pledge their personal homes & land as collateral.
Here are some tips that can save your business, regardless of your personal credit history.
First of all, getting approved for a small business loan is definitely easier than getting personal loans… regardless of your personal credit scores. Additionally, getting the right types of corporate credit is absolutely critical: if you want to protect your personal assets, minimize the risk of a personal lawsuit affecting your business, and to your ability to weather the economic changes that happen overnight.
All business owners must be much more proactive about developing relationships with the right types of lending institutions. You usually want to start your application process with out-of-state, national lenders… not your local or regional banking institutions. National lenders typically won’t require a personal guarantee or your social security number.
I’ve attached a basic roadmap you’ll need to follow, if you need a small business startup loan, a business debt consolidation loan, a bad credit business loan, or a government business loan.
Ultimately, you need to find a competent professional that can help you navigate through the process of building a strong corporate credit rating.
Finding a competent business loan expert will give you a head start on your competition & also let you focus on running your day-to-day activities… instead of dealing with the hassles of establishing a strong business credit rating. An excellent business credit score can help your company’s image, overnight.
You need to prepare yourself with these very basic questions, before you apply for any business credit.
How is your business structured? Is it a sole proprietorship, C-corporation, S-Corporation, Limited-Liability Corporation (LLC), Partnership, or Trust?
2. How long has your business been recognized by your State & Local government?
3. Has your company ever had derogatory information reported against it to either of the two (2) most popular business credit reporting agencies, Dun & Bradstreet or Experian?
4. Are your company permits, licenses and registrations current?
5. Does your business have a physical address, or are you trying to use a U.S. Post Office Box instead?
6. Is your business telephone number recognized by directory assistance?
7. Are your incoming telephone calls professionally answered in your business name?
8. Have you established a business checking account?
9. Have you registered & asked for an Employer Identification Number (also known as an EIN) from the IRS?
If your answer to the first question was a sole proprietorship, partnership or trust; I urge you to re-establish your company as a corporation or LLC. I’m not going to provide you with legal advice, but many CPAs and attorneys highly recommend LLCs (Limited Liability Corporations) as a way of protecting your personal assets & estate… in the event of any lawsuits being filed against your company.