If you are in business most likely your personal credit has been your business credit, but did you know that you can establish business credit. Cash challenges are real. We have all been there, needing cash flow to make payroll, purchase inventory, hire new employees and expand but can’t because the capital isn’t available without a personal guarantee. If you a ready to stop giving a personal guarantee on credit for your business, you need to establish business credit. Bank financing is the most affordable financing out there, and when you establish business credit, you become a more secure risk to the bank. The great thing is that it’s not that hard to establish business credit. Most businesses close their doors due to lack of cash flow. In most cases, business owners go into bankruptcy or shut down because they maxed out their personal credit. Once you learn how to establish business credit, a whole new world of financing options will open up to you. No one wants to put up their house as collateral, and once you establish business credit, you won’t need to anymore. Every highly successful company has business credit, so it’s time to learn how to establish business credit so you can grow, your business. What is business credit? Business credit is credit that is obtained in the business’ name. Your business can obtain its own credit profile and credit score. With an established credit score, the business will then qualify for credit. This credit is in the business name and based on the business’ ability to pay, not the business owners. Business credit scores are based only on whether the business pays its bills on time. And in some cases there is no personal credit reporting from the business owner. In other words, you won’t need to provide your personal social security number to establish a credit line. Steps to establish business credit Establish a legal business entity (LLC, S-Corp, etc) Apply for an EIN number or Employer Identification number from the IRS Open a business bank account (Ideally, this is with a different bank than your…
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