The What and Why of Corporate Credit and How You Can Improve It

Business.com / Financial Solutions / Last Modified: February 22, 2017

Corporate credit is used for agreements/contracts that a corporation makes with vendors and lenders to obtain loan, goods or services.

Starting a business is a dream that many people are carrying in their hearts.

Most of the people don’t have a great idea about how they should start the process of starting a business.

A little help from the Internet should be great for such people to know what the first step will be.

The good thing is that you can now start a business right from your home using the Internet.

As you get to know more and more about business you come across different terms and ideas.

Among many other important things associated with businesses, there is corporate credit.

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What’s Corporate Credit?

You could define corporate credit just like you define personal credit of a person. The only difference is that this credit is for a corporation and does not show the condition of credit of a person. Corporate credit is also used for agreements and contracts that a corporation makes with vendors and lenders in order to obtain a loan, goods or services.

According to this agreement, the corporation pays for the services and goods it has used from a vendor sometime after obtaining them. The delay of payment for these goods and services could be a few weeks to three months.

In a similar fashion, you obtain a loan for your corporation from a bank based on this credit. The bank will only forward loan to your business after it has inspected some important pieces of information.

Most importantly, a bank will look into your business’ ability to return its loan that it forwards. In short, if the documents and reports on your business show that it will be able to return the obtained loan easily, the bank will forward the loan. It’s just like how you will have a hard time obtaining loan for yourself if you have bad credit score.

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Why Does Corporate Credit Exist?

A natural question that comes to mind after hearing about corporate credit is why you need it in the first place. Can’t the business owner get loans from banks and buy supplies on cash from its vendors to run his/her business? The truth is that it is not practical in business industry to pay for goods and supplies in the form of cash.

You obtain goods first and pay for them later. During this time, you are selling the goods you had purchased from the vendors. These goods could be anything from raw material for making your product to services.

Another big reason corporate credit makes sense is that not every business owner has the best credit score. A person’s credit score should not be affecting their business because it takes away a person’s right to make good money from a business.

When you turn your business into a corporation, you give it a completely different entity. Now, your corporation is a different entity and it will have its own credit score and tax filing. When you want a loan for your corporation you get this loan on the credit standing of the corporation, not yours.

How to Work With Corporate Credit Improvement

When you are running a corporation you have to make sure you have good corporate credit as well. Your corporation’s credit standing matters crucially in how you will be making new partners in business, associating with other vendors that provide goods and services to your business and obtain loans from the bank.

As you continue to accept goods and loans for your corporation and keep repaying them, you make a credit history of your corporation. The better you have been with returning your debts and paying for the goods, the more your corporation’s credit score will improve.

It is therefore highly recommended that you turn your business into a corporation so there is a big prominent line between your credit standing and your corporation’s credit standing. However, it is also recommended that you work on your credit score in order to improve the credit rating for your corporation.

Banks will have a close look at your credit history and how you have been dealing with your finances in the past before forwarding your corporation any loan. You will have to get some loans and buy some goods in order create a credit history of your corporation.

Experts say you should go for a business loan from the bank as soon as possible even if you don’t need much. It is because you want to create a good credit history of your corporation so you can get more loans in future without any hassle.

However, don’t focus too much on getting small loans and returning them. Of course, it is a great idea to get small loans and return them on time but it does not really impress the loan forwarders. You will also have to work on getting some big loans so returning them makes your business credible.

Spend at least two years taking loans and returning them on time. At the same time, accept credit from vendors and make payments on time. You have to repeat this process for at least two years because after your business has been around for two years the bank is ready to forward you big loans as well.

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Keep in touch with your vendors and work with the ones that have the credit trading in place. Furthermore, ask your vendors if the credit trade payments you make will be reported to the credit bureaus.

It also pays off well if you are paying your vendors before the decided time. It shows that your business is in a good state and has a great effect on your corporate credit. In addition to that, it is important that you work with at least two lenders or more.

Lenders can change their policies pertaining to corporate credit without warning and this could put you in trouble. It has to be kept in mind that banks are not the only entities that forward loans. If possible, go for other entities other than banks to get a business loan. Take only as much as you can return easily.

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