Your business credit and your personal credit are different, and hopefully, separate, as well. If you need a business credit refresher or have never heard of it before, the short video below can walk you through what it is and how it’s used, but basically your Dun & Bradstreet business credit file is a set of scores and rating that can indicate your business’s health and credibility.
Now that you know what business credit is, you may be wondering what you can do with a business credit report, both yours and others’. There are a variety of ways to leverage business credit reports, from monitoring and potentially impacting your scores and ratings, to monitoring others and managing risk.
Monitoring Your Business Credit Profile
Once you’ve gotten your free D&B D-U-N-S® Number, you may want to start monitoring your business credit profile. Since business credit reports are often used by banks to determine loan offerings and by businesses to determine risk, knowing what your profile looks like could be beneficial to your business. With CreditSignal® a free credit monitoring solution, you can stay on top of your profile and be alerted to changes in your scores and ratings*. If your business credit report isn’t communicating quite what you want it to, you may need solutions that can help you impact your D&B scores and ratings.
Impacting You Business Credit Profile
Setting up your business credit profile and monitoring it are some of the first steps to establishing your business credit, but if your profile isn’t showcasing your company the way you want, then you may need to start taking steps to help build it yourself. With CreditBuilder™, you can add trade references** to your business credit profile and help show businesses and lenders that you’re reliable. If you want to add trade references or your payment history, CreditBuilder™ can help. If you’d rather have an expert help you manage and monitor your profile in tip-top shape while you take care of running your business, then you may need a Concierge Manager. With Credibility Concierge, an expert will help you take care of your business credit profile, leaving you free to keep more of your attention on your business.
Monitoring Other Businesses Credit Reports
In the business to business (B2B) and contractor worlds, it can be crucial to know what’s going on with the businesses you work with. Since businesses in your supply chain can greatly affect your output, you might benefit from monitoring those companies’ business credit. With CreditAdvisor™, you can see the D&B scores and ratings in another business’s credit report. The information can help you make important decisions about who you work with and could help you anticipate the likelihood of payment default that may be headed your way.
Monitoring Risk When Working With Other Companies
Speaking of trouble heading your way, avoiding trouble in the first place is always the best idea. Working with other businesses can mean putting your own business at risk. If the companies you work with turn out to be less credible than you thought or end up going through tough patches, your business could be affected. Before you begin working with other businesses, consider the risk value. With DNBi, you’ll receive customized alerts to changes in risk by company, industry, region and more. You’ll also get predictive scoring, which can help you predict future outcomes and financial statement reporting, both of which can help you anticipate the risks of working with certain businesses. With DNBi, you can help protect your business and the people who rely on you.
One of the most important things some business owners can do is monitor the business credit file for their company, and pay close attention to the businesses they work with. Contact a Credit Advisor at 1-800-701-7984 to learn which services may be the best for your business needs† and get a free D&B D-U-N-S® Number today!
*CreditSignal only indicates that your D&B scores and ratings have changed. To view actual scores and ratings, we recommend that you upgrade to one of our business credit monitoring or credit building solutions.
**Trade References will be added subject to D&B® verification and acceptance. Please see http://www.dandb.com/glossary/trade-references/ for eligibility, process and other information regarding Trade References.
† The information and advice provided by Dun & Bradstreet and its Credit Advisors during business credit counseling sessions are provided “as-is.” Dun & Bradstreet makes no representations or warranties, express or implied, with respect to such information and the results of the use of such information, including but not limited to implied warranty of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. Neither Dun & Bradstreet nor any of its parents, subsidiaries, affiliates or their respective partners, officers, directors, employees or agents shall be held liable for any damages, whether direct, indirect, incidental, special or consequential, including but not limited to lost revenues or lost profits, arising from or in connection with a business’s use or reliance on the information or advice given during any counseling session.
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