I’m sure you have a habit of checking your personal credit scores, credit reports and credit card statements on a regular basis but how much attention do you pay to your small business credit report?
While there are several business credit business credit report bureaus that collect data let’s stick with the three main ones. Keep in mind that each file you have listed is going be different with each bureau so it’s important that you monitor your files on a regular basis.
Dun & Bradstreet Business Credit Report
This report also known as the Business Information Report or BIR is an overall profile that suppliers and lenders will use to evaluate your company and tends to be the most popular D&B report that creditors pull. The report is pretty extensive because it includes your company’s financial information, history & operations, payment history and details.
Keep in mind that the details of your company like financials are supplied by you when you set up your file so be sure to keep this information updated through eupdate so it matches the numbers you provide on credit applications. Any inconsistencies can cause your company to get declined.
Two things you should pay special attention to is the paydex score and credit limit recommendation listed in your report. A 75 or greater Dun & Bradstreet credit rating is considered a good risk but what carries more weight is the credit limit recommendation.
The conservative credit limit is for companies that prefer to minimize risk as much as possible and the aggressive limit is for creditors that will accept more risk.
Experian Business Credit Report
This report also known as the CreditScore Business Report includes you’re company’s business and credit information. It’s considered Experian’s most popular report used by creditors and specifically you want to pay attention to your business credit score.
A score of 90 or greater is excellent and it’s based on your company’s industry risk, number of trades, length of history and your debt to credit limit ratios. As I mentioned on previous posts you want to avoid selecting a high risk SIC and NAICS classification code for your company because this can have a negative impact on your scores.