Why is business credit important? As with personal credit, strong business credit can lead to lower insurance premiums or interest rates. It can also help you get approved for a lease, business loan or business line of credit and secure better terms from vendors.
After starting a business, you may find that you need to sign a personal guarantee when taking out a business loan or opening a business credit card. This guarantee basically means that you’ll be personally liable for the debt if the business is unable to pay it back — a situation that could put your personal assets at risk. Once you establish business credit, you may qualify for a business loan or credit without a personal guarantee.
Don’t know if your business has credit? No worries: There are several ways to check your business’s credit reports.
Unlike with personal credit reports, there isn’t a legal requirement for the bureaus to give you free access to your business credit reports. All three of the major business credit bureaus — Dun & Bradstreet, Equifax and Experian — will give you a full copy of your business credit report for a fee, and you can get free access to your Experian and Dun & Bradstreet reports through Nav, a company that helps business owners build and manage their credit.