How to build and improve your business credit

Your business credit score is important, but how can you improve it?

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How To Improve Your Business Credit Score

Your business credit score is more than a number. In fact, it can play a large role in the success of your business. A business's credit score helps lenders, suppliers, and other creditors quickly evaluate whether the business will pay its bills on time.

But understanding the importance of business credit is only half the battle. Once you know your score, you'll want to improve it. Here's how you can do it.

First, realize that credit scores are complex statistical models for predicting credit risk. There is no guaranteed way to improve a business credit score, but there are a few steps you can take to ensure that your business credit report reflects the best possible score for your situation.

  1. Check your business credit report regularly and verify that the information is accurate and up-to-date.
  2. Establish business credit with companies that report trades. Remember, not all business creditors report their trade information.
  3. Pay your creditors on time. Historical payment behavior with previous creditors plays a major role in determining your business credit score.
How Business Credit Scores are Calculated

Business credit scores range from 0 to 100, with 0 representing a high risk and 100 representing a low risk. Scores are based on a number of factors contained in your business credit file.

  • Number of trade experiences
  • Outstanding balances
  • Payment habits
  • Credit utilization
  • Trends over time
  • Public record recency, frequency and dollar amount
  • Demographics such as years on file, Standard Industrial Classification codes and business size

Experian requires minimum information to generate a score. If a business doesn't meet these requirements, a score is not generated. Minimum information is at least one tradeline and/or one demographic element.

Are you interested in learning your business credit score? Check your Experian business credit score by clicking the button below.