How Business Credit Loans Help You Grow Your Business

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Business credit loans do more than provide you with money you need to grow your business; they also provide you with the reputation that vendors, customers, and partners want out of a business. Your business credit profile can be public knowledge, unlike your personal credit information, which means anyone that wants to potentially do business with you has the ability to look up your reputation in terms of your credit rating to determine if they should do business with you.

 

Business Credit Loans Help Build Credit

If you have business credit loans, you can build up your credit simply by paying your bills on time. Do not make the mistake of making late payments or letting your loans default completely. This will harm your business credit rating and quite possibly, your relationship with potential vendors, partners, and even customers. The more loans you have that get paid off, the better your rating becomes, making you more enticing to do business with on many levels.

 

Create Relationships

Relationships are built on trust and that trust needs a starting point. Businesses, business professionals, and potential customers all have access to the internet where they can research your business’ credibility when it comes to making payments on time. When you have trustworthy relationships with vendors and suppliers, you have a better chance at building those relationships with others. You need your name out there and for people to see that you stand behind your business and are on the “up and up.” Having business credit lines with big banks and even relationships with reputable suppliers will help you to gain that reputation you need to create new relationships.

 

Become a Bigger Name

The more capital you have for your business, the larger name you can build for yourself. Without the capital, however, it becomes impossible to break out of that “mom and pop” reputation. When you pay your business credit on time, more banks will offer you money. It’s the old Murphy’s Law – when you need something it is not available, but when you do not need it, it is available in large quantities. Take business credit for example; if you do not have any credit and very little business experience, obtaining a business loan can seem near impossible when you are always faced with a “no.” When you have business credit and are not looking to expand, though, it seems like the banks will send you offers you cannot refuse. When you become that bigger name, you will have more credit available to you, which means building a bigger business.

 

Purchase More

Of course, the obvious reason that business credit loans help you get bigger is because you can purchase more assets for your business. The more you are able to purchase and produce, the more you can sell. It is like a vicious circle – you need money in order to make money, but if you don’t have the money to start, you will never make the money you need. A business credit loan will give you the capital you need to make the products you want to sell, but you have to get yourself to the point that you will be able to qualify for that loan.

 

Business credit loans are valuable not just because they give you more money – they are helpful in creating your reputation in the business world, enabling you to become the bigger business you desired to become. If you do not have any business loans yet, start working on your personal credit and the reasons that a bank should give you a loan and then you can start building from the ground up.

William Mahnic
William Mahnic is a Finance Professor at Case Western University and has spent more than 20 years in the finance industry before becoming a professor. Mahnic has appeared as a commentator on both TV and radio talk shows including NPR, Crain's Cleveland Business, WKYC 3 and The Washington Post. He has been interviewed in BusinessWeek, Wall Street Journal and The Los Angeles Times.

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