Business Credit Cards for Bad Credit

Credit mishaps happen for a number of reasons, and perhaps one has happened to you. The good news is that there are a few business credit cards for bad credit which will give you the chance to build your business credit so that you can qualify for credit increases or new cards without having your personal credit called into question. (Solid business credit scores can open a number of other doors as well). To save you time, we’ve put together Read More

How to Get a Business Credit Card in 4 Steps

More and more small businesses are turning to business credit cards as a way of having back up financing and improving their business credit scores at the same time. Many business credit cards offer perks just for using them, including frequent flyer miles and cash rewards. Business credit cards are great for business owners who need back up credit for emergency situations or to offset irregular cash flow. Additionally, making on time or early payments on a business credit card Read More

Business Tax Liens

Business tax liens can hurt your finances, your credit and can possibly even put your business in jeopardy. “A tax lien can be devastating to you and you should do everything you can to avoid it,” says Barbara Weltman, attorney and author of J.K. Lasser’s Small Business Taxes. What is a business tax lien? Here’s how this goes down. The IRS says you (or your business) owes taxes. It sends you a notice (Notice and Demand for Payment). You don’t Read More

Fast Business Loans — What You Need to Know

Nowhere is the saying “you need money to make money” more true than in the crowded, competitive, fast-moving world of small business. As you seek to establish and grow your enterprise, access to capital (or the lack thereof) will be one of your biggest hurdles. For small business owners facing expenses that just can’t wait, traditional approaches—SBA loans from banks, for example—can be burdensome, inconvenient, and ultimately disappointing. On the other hand, while the APR for a bank loan is Read More

Business Loans for Bad Credit — What You Need to Know

Although it may seem like you need to have stellar credit and multiple years in business to secure financing, in today’s lending environment that statement is far from true. In fact, there are over 44 different financing options available to business owners, and not all of them require an A+ personal or business credit grade. Very poor credit will likely put you out of the running for the lowest cost loans such as bank loans and SBA loans, however you Read More

How to Create a Small Business Marketing Plan

You’ve created a business plan for your small business, in which you laid out your vision, strengths, resources and goals for the future. Now it’s time to think about a marketing plan. The two documents will work together in helping you realize your small business’s potential. In fact, your marketing plan will build on the goals you’ve already laid out in your business plan. Creating a marketing plan doesn’t have to be hard. The fact that a large and established Read More

How to Write a Business Plan

Starting a small business is hard work. The list of things you have to do in order to turn your dream into reality may seem overwhelming at first. Anyone who has searched “how to start a small business” online has seen page after page populate with articles on loans, investors, incorporating, credit scores, cash flow, taxes, permits—the list goes on and on. When faced with such a formidable to-do list, it is easy to think of a formal business plan Read More

SBA Loans — How Many Types Are There?

The SBA, Small Business Administration, provides loans to small businesses through financial institutions such as banks, microlenders, and online lenders. These SBA loans are government guaranteed, meaning lenders will offer them to small businesses at low interest rates because the government has promised to pay back 85% of the loan in the event of default. The three most talked about SBA loan types are: 7(a) Loans: the most popular loan provided by the SBA, available to new and established businesses Read More

The Truth About Business Tradelines

If you’re trying to establish business credit, you’ve probably heard the term “tradelines.” You know they are important, but you’re not sure how to get them and how they can benefit your business. Here we’ll demystify them: What Is a Tradeline? A tradeline is simply industry-speak for “account.” They may include business credit cards, lines of credit, and loans. They also include information from vendors who report to commercial credit reporting agencies. For example, you may have an account with Read More

What Is a Good Business Credit Score?

Most of us are readily familiar with the general structure of consumer credit, but if you’re a small business owner, becoming familiar with business credit is important to your overall success. Establishing and maintaining good business credit will help you build valuable relationships with vendors, suppliers, manufacturers, and financial institutions that are important to operation. For business owners, a good business credit score translates into lower interest rates, better trade credit, and access to the financial support necessary to grow Read More