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The Best Credit Building Advice for Small Businesses

One piece of advice can help you reduce the time required to build good business credit, and it will also help you to keep good credit.

Credit Takes Time to Build

In business, there really are no shortcuts to success. It takes time to develop a reputation as a reliable enterprise, to earn the trust of potential customers, to generate sufficient sales that leave you with a profit, and to build credit. While some small business owners want to believe that there is a shortcut to getting credit, there is nothing that will replace a strong credit history.

This history will be a comprehensive report of your credit activity, and credit reporting agencies will generally need to see reports from at least five vendors doing business with you before they will be able to calculate a reliable credit score for your business.

The fact that credit scores will require several credit accounts, though credit accounts can be difficult to obtain without a credit score, summarizes the problem that small businesses face. You will need to find vendors that will supply credit without a credit history before you will be able to obtain large lines of credit.

Think Small at First

Many small business owners have big dreams at first, and this applies to everything about their endeavor from the amount of sales and income they will enjoy, to the amount of credit they would like to obtain. Realistically, you will not be able to obtain large loans until you have demonstrated that you can repay small loans, a fact that will be reflected in your credit score.

Obtain small lines of credit from national office supply stores, national or regional gas stations, and utility providers, as a very small starting point. Be sure you open these accounts in your business’s name. If you want to obtain a large business loan, the best advice you can follow is to start preparing for that loan early, and to take small steps towards your goal, just as you would with any other business objective.


Michael Carr is a small business expert who has been involved in the successful development of three small businesses.