Obtain Business Reports to know what’s on your business credit you should obtain business credit reports from the main business credit reporting agencies. Business credit reports are offered by Experian, Dun & Bradstreet, and Equifax. You will first want to get a copy of your business credit reports to see what is being reported.
You might have already heard of the FCRA. The Fair Credit Reporting Act outlines consumer’s rights to dispute inaccurate information on their credit reports. But it’s essential to know that this law does NOT apply to credit repair. There are currently no laws which outline business owner’s rights regarding credit disputing. The FCRA also requires credit issuers to notify you of what bureaus they pulled your credit data from to determine your denial for financing. In the business credit world this is not the case, you rarely ever know the source that pulled your business credit or the reporting agencies they pulled it with.
If you see accounts or details you don’t recognize or you feel are inaccurate, request a debt validation for that account using a debt validation letter. A debt validation is where you solicit the creditor for verification of the account details they are reporting. They will typically send you back details of your account that they are reporting. The FCRA and the fair debt collections practices act apply to consumer debts, not business debts. So you can send a debt validation letter, but the creditor is not required by law to respond to your dispute.
When sending a debt validation request, your request must be sent to the creditor in writing. Also insure you dispute the debt with the credit agencies if the creditor doesn’t respond to your request. If no response is received within 30 days of mailing the letter directly to the creditor, then you should then dispute the account with the business reporting agencies.
Based on how you pay your bills. If you pay the majority of reported accounts on time or early, you will have a good score. Most business owners have little to no credit reporting. So, even one negative account can have a BIG impact on their business score. It is essential that you continuously build your credit profile just as you do with your consumer credit. One of the best ways to battle negative information on your report is to offset it with LOTS of positive information. So continuously build your business profile just as you do with your consumer credit.