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Don’t Know Your Business ...

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There is more than one way to finance a new business. Many entrepreneurs borrow money from friends and family. Others are able to bootstrap their new ventures by continuing to work their 9 to 5 jobs while the business is in its nascent stages. Some take advantage of crowdfunding, sourcing startup funds from a large ...

How to Ruin Your Business Cred ...

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A business’s credit rating is one of its most valuable intangible assets. Solid credit paves the way for expansion, lends crucial financial flexibility, and builds a business’s value, should the business owner ever decide to make an exit. Small-business owners who are not careful with their business credit ...

Want to Limit Business Risk? L ...

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business-risk Starting your own business has some inherent risks, and most entrepreneurs are more than willing to accept them as part of the reality of creating their own business. But, while business risk can never be completely eliminated, there are steps that small-business owners can take to mitigate risk and ...

How Credible Is Your Business? ...

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Your small business’s credibility is one of its most valuable assets. Consumers want to support businesses they trust, and potential partners want to know that they can rely on their clients and suppliers. In the business world, earning a good reputation takes hard work, but the loss of that reputation can ...

Business Credit Isn’t Ju ...

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Having excellent business credit allows a business to assume responsibility for its own debts, shielding its owners from personal liability. To small-business owners accustomed to operating as sole proprietorships, the “corporate veil” may seem like a luxury reserved for big corporations. However, that ...

Why You Can’t Afford to ...

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Some small-business owners regard having excellent business credit as a luxury: nice to have, but not a necessity. Others know that their businesses would benefit from having excellent credit, but are unsure of how to begin establishing it, or feel that they have too many other pressing matters to address. Sure, they ...

Is Your Personal Credit Holdin ...

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During the formative stages of a new business, many entrepreneurs use their personal access to credit to finance business expenses. It is no wonder this is such a common practice. After all, personal credit is a convenient source of financing when obtaining business credit through traditional lenders is next to ...

Business Credit Shortcuts

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If you have done any research on how to build business credit, you have probably seen advertisements for services that promise to establish a respectable credit rating in your business’s name in 10 days. As a general rule, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. But, there are some ways for ...

The Perks, Rewards, and Benefi ...

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While several major credit card issuers have actually left the credit card business since the economic collapse, it’s good to see new cards being introduced into the marketplace specifically targeted at small-business owners. As these cards enter the market to compete for your business, it’s essential for ...

Secrets to Getting Business Lo ...

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Banks are loosening small-business lending standards a bit these days, but they are still nowhere near as forgiving as they were before the credit crisis. Some business owners with relatively creditworthy businesses may still struggle to get the financing they need from banks. But, there are actions small-business ...