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Improved Credit Rating Can Increase Financing Chances
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An entrepreneur's credit history plays an important role in their chance to successfully secure business capital. The higher the credit rating, the greater chance they have to obtain financing for their new business. Therefore, it is extremely important for an entrepreneur to keep track of their credit score and the information that appears on the history.

Credit score and funding
Every person has a credit score based on three credit bureaus: Experian, Equifax, and TransUnion. These scores may/may not vary widely from each other, depending on the data that is collected from different credit agencies/sources. Entrepreneurs are encouraged to meticulously check their credit report for accuracy and repair any discrepancies before seeking funding because it could mean the difference between being able to successfully obtain the desired financing and being rejected.

An entrepreneur’s credit score will be referred to by almost every business investor who is interested in a given business proposal. When a prospective opportunity arises, the business investor will often conduct a due diligence check of the business owners(s), including their credit history. All information obtained from the credit report will be thoroughly reviewed and used in the assessment process. More and more venture capitalists and angel investors refer to this information because it gives them an estimated level of investment risk.

Credit report tips
The three credit bureaus encourage new business owners to keep periodic track of their credit reports to make sure that no errors show up. Business analysts suggest checking the credit report from the three agencies at least twice a year to remain up-to-date with their information. Business investors can also use the yearly free credit service report for their own records.

New business owners also need to make sure that they maintain credit cards within their limits and do not have any overdue outstanding balances on any one of them. In addition, entrepreneurs should not cancel if they have numerous credit cards. The reason for this is that the entrepreneur’s credit score depends on the line of credit open as well as the length of time that they have been open.

The best way for new business owners to maintain their credit report is to pay all owed debt on time. Nothing can damage an entrepreneur's credit standing more than making late payments, particularly on big loans such as mortgages and automobile payments. This is why it is extremely important for entrepreneurs to get their payments in on time.

New business owners should also monitor their credit problems. An entrepreneur who deferred on a student loan payment will find that the deferred payment will appear on the credit report for several years. However, the entrepreneur needs to follow this and make sure that the information is removed from the credit report at the end of that period so they can show investors they are current with all debt owed.

Conclusion
The credit report is a very important factor in determining one’s chance of borrowing money. In the same respect, it is a heavily weighed criterion investors and lending institutions use when granting business capital to entrepreneurs. Prospective business owners are encouraged to regularly check their credit history and score with the three major credit bureaus and to fix any errors that may appear. Repairing one’s credit history may be time consuming since the entrepreneur has to contact each agency and document the inconsistent findings. However, it is a step in the right direction and an excellent way to effectively improve one’s credit score.

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