Creditors Look for R-E-S-P-E-C-T
When applying for credit, you are providing only the basic information a potential creditor needs to make a preliminary decision, but there are many gears that need to move in synchrony for the credit process to work. Lenders need more than basic data to convert that initial application into a high-dollar approval. They also need "R-E-S-P-E-C-T".
Seven Factors in Funding
Let's break down the seven elements creditors are looking for when making a determination about your company.
Has your company responsibly managed credit in the past? Are you aware of your company's reputation in the credit world? Are you proactive in managing and maintaining that reputation?
Has your company endured growing pains and thrived? Will your company be capable of taking on increased debt? Is there evidence of struggle and instability?
Does your company have full scores and ratings in the business credit profile? Is there positive proof of credit history in many areas? Is there derogatory information in your file?
Is your company showing consistent growth? Are your numbers improving over time? Do you have an established record of performance with prior vendors and suppliers?
Does your company require additional funding to succeed? Are you borrowing to keep up with current expenses or to grow your business? Are you self-financed?
Has your company proven it's creditworthiness across a variety of platforms? Have you filed your taxes? Do you readily know your sales, profit and growth numbers off the top of your head?
Does your company exhibit trustworthiness? Is your contact information and corporate history consistent and verifiable? Are their liens, suits, or judgments against your company?
Understanding how your business credit profile impacts your ability to achieve approvals is crucial in today's tough credit environment. Even though you cannot control every piece of information in your credit file, there are many elements you can self-manage to provide the best possible picture of your corporate strength and creditworthiness.
By successfully managing the business credit profile, you are showing your vested interest in your company, and your willingness to proactively work toward the betterment of the business.
At Starpoint Credit Solutions, we do more than help companies build credit. We also teach small business owners about their credit profile and the factors they can directly influence to build that profile going forward.
Our goal is to make sure every business owner has the tools they need to successfully manage and maintain their corporate credit file. We also provide free corporate credit consultations and business credit reviews. Call today for more information or to schedule a consultation.
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