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As a small business owner, it’s important to familiarize yourself with your company’s credit score and know how to find it. You should also be aware of factors that may affect it. Make a point of continually monitoring your business credit score for potential changes or mistakes.
How do I find my business credit score?
You can find your business credit score by checking one of the three main business credit bureaus.
Dun & Bradstreet
Dun & Bradstreet offers a free option which allows you to view four scores and ratings for 14 days. They also offer several paid options starting at $15/month for checking your business credit, building your credit, and checking others’ business credit to help you determine the risk factors of working with a potential business partner.
Experian offers several options for a single report or multiple report plans. According to their website, “The available options provide varying levels of detail – from presenting the basic facts of a business to detailed business credit, payment, and public record histories – in an easy-to-read format.” A single report starts at $39.95, or for $189/year you can get ongoing access to your business’s full credit report and score.
With Equifax you can order a single business credit report for $99.95 or purchase a multi-pack (which equates to 5 for the price of 4) for $399.95. You’ll get a full report with credit score, risk scores, failure scores, and public records.
What is a business credit score?
Your business credit score is similar to your personal credit score in that it represents your business’s credibility as a borrower. Once you start your business, obtain an EIN number, and create a bank account for your company, business credit bureaus will start gathering information about your company by looking at public records. Your business credit score is connected to your company’s EIN number. It takes time to build up, so if you’re just starting out, check out these tips for climbing the ladder of credit.
What factors affect my business credit score?
Several factors determine your business credit score such as time in business, assets, industry type, size of the company, public records, outstanding debt, and payment history. Learn more ways to improve your business credit in 5 easy steps.
Why is having a good business credit score important?
A good credit score will help you get better terms with new vendors or suppliers, lower interest rates on loans, lower terms on credit cards, and better insurance premiums. It also demonstrates your financial stability and creditworthiness to prospective business partners or suppliers before they enter into a working relationship with your company.
Why is it important to monitor my business credit score?
You should always stay on top of your business credit score because it can be an indicator of business identity theft or fraudulent activity. Sometimes there are mistakes in credit reports, such as outdated information, or discrepancies that should be addressed. Monitoring your credit score will also give you an insight into areas where you can improve like paying down an outstanding balance on a credit card.
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