Easy Steps to Repairing Your Credit
If you're a business owner who struggles to keep up with paying your bills on time, there are a few things you can do to improve your chances of repairing your credit standing. First, make sure you're aware of any outstanding invoices or late payments along with the various credit repair programs available to you. These programs can help you clean your credit score and repair any damage that has been done. Second, make sure that all of your bills are being paid on time. This will help improve your financial standing and show lenders that you're a responsible business owner. Finally, be sure to keep track of your expenses and make sure that you're not overspending. This will help you stay within your budget and improve your chances of getting approved for loans in the future. Now let’s take a closer look at some of these tips to help repair your credit.
Check Credit Report
The first and most important step is to get a copy of your credit report. A credit report gives you a snapshot of the overall health of your finances. Plus, you get a firm grasp on how much borrowing power you have. By reviewing your report, you can see all of your loans and balances, which helps with budgeting for repayment and/or reducing the amount you still owe. Even more importantly, you’ll find out if there are any errors in the report or any possible instances of identity theft (yes, it can happen to a business) that need to be reported.
Dispute Any Errors Found on Your Credit Report
If you're having trouble getting approved for a loan, or your credit score is low, it might be time to take a close examination of your credit report. This can be done by obtaining a copy from a credit reporting agency, like Experian, and having your credit reports reviewed by a credit counseling agency or a debt management service which can also dispute any errors on your report.
Either entity can help you fix any errors on your report and teach you how to improve your credit score. If you don't have any errors on your report, you can take other steps like paying the balances that are mentioned on the report. Either way, cleaning your credit report is a good way to start improving your financial situation.
Pay Bills on Time
Making your payments on time also boosts your credit standing. For one thing, you’re spending an additional amount on late fees which saves a lot of money. Plus, you’ll not only improve your credit record but also your relationship with vendors which leads to excellent trade references and even positive reviews. However, if you have difficulty paying your bills on time, reach out to your creditors and vendors right away. In that situation (as opposed to waiting), they may be more willing to negotiate better terms.
Reduce Your Business Debt with Our Debt Management Services
In some cases, you need an experienced attorney to renegotiate the terms of your loans, reduce your interest rates, or modify your terms with your current vendors. Likewise, a debt management service, like Business Debt Counsel, can help consolidate your debt to where you have one affordable payment per month that covers all your creditors. Another step toward repairing your credit can involve coming up with a settlement that you can afford and would suffice for meeting your obligations to your creditors. Or a debt management service can assist with commercial loan restructuring or even get you out of the bind of a merchant cash advance. Either way, you don’t have to clean your credit alone and hope for the best. There are licensed attorneys who are knowledgeable in such matters and can help save your credit standing.
Avoid New Credit
Another important tip to remember is that applying for new loans or business credit cards means more hard inquiries which automatically knocks down your business’s credit score. Furthermore, opening new accounts, especially multiple credit cards at once, makes you look like a risky customer who won’t be able to pay off a balance. This practice can adversely affect your trade references. Plus, you’ll find that having too many open accounts leads back to the same problem with debt and damaged credit history.
As you can see, there are a few things you should do if you want to repair your credit. First, be sure to keep your existing credit history as clean as possible. As mentioned, this means not using too much of your available credit, paying your bills on time, and avoiding high-interest credit cards. Second, make a plan for how you will use any existing credit. This will help you avoid overspending and ensure that you are using your new credit responsibly.
Also, if you have questions about your credit report or wish to restructure your current loans, contact a debt management service, like Business Debt Counsel. Our professionals have years of experience in helping clients to repair their credit standing.