3 Easy Steps to Getting an 80+ PAYDEX

Written by Peach Capital

July 12, 2012

3 Easy Steps to Getting an 80+ PAYDEX in Under 90 Days

It’s easy to get an 80+ PAYDEX. So easy, in fact, there’s no need to pay Dun & Bradstreet or a “credit builder” to do it for you. All you need is at least four vendors to report your company’s on-time payments to Dun & Bradstreet.

But you can’t just get credit terms from any company. For it to count (and build your business’s credit), each vendor must report your payment history to the business cr-edit bureaus.

Here’s a simple three-step formula for getting a PAYDEX, fast:

  1. First, get credit terms from companies you know report to D&B (i.e. Uline and Grainger)
  • Second, order something on-credit. (Some vendors require you to prepay for your initial purchase, then they’ll extend your business credit on subsequent purchases.)
  • Third, once they send you an invoice, pay it in-full before it’s due.

That’s it. Just rinse and repeat with four to five other vendors, and in less than three months, you’ll get a PAYDEX score.

It takes a little longer to establish credit scores with Experian and Equifax, because not as many vendors report payments to them. However, it will happen. After you get (and use) credit accounts with 5-10 vendors, you’ll establish credit scores with all three credit bureaus.

Fortunately, finding vendors who report on-time payments to the bureaus (and are easy to get credit terms from) doesn’t have to be trial and error

Why is Experian Important ?

Do you know which two business credit reporting agencies dominate the industry?

Well, the obvious one is Dun and Bradstreet but did you know that Business Experian is the second largest player with over 22 million companies listed in its database.

One major difference is it doesn’t allow you to self-report trade references like DNB. But you can always update demographic information like you’re company address or phone number.

So how do you establish a company credit file with Business Experian?

The only way to get listed is by doing business with a creditor or supplier that furnishes your company’s payment experience to this specific bureau.

Now if you’re like most business owners you’re busy and you don’t have the time or patience to research and find companies that report.

That’s where utilizing a business credit building system can come in handy because all the research has already been done which can save you lots of time and money.

So how important is it to get listed with Business Experian?

One of the biggest mistakes you can make is focusing on establishing your company’s credit file with only one business credit bureau.

It’s important to remember that when your company applies for credit not all lenders will run a credit check from the same bureau. Some pull from DNB while others may use Business Experian or even Business Equifax.

Some lenders may pull from multiple bureaus so if you’re only listed with one it can hurt your chances for getting funded.

Look at it like having only one personal credit file established with Equifax and no file listed with Experian or Trans-union. If you were to apply for a mortgage no lender would approve your loan because there is not enough credit diversity to assess your creditworthiness.

Now you only need one trade and one demographic element reporting to Business Experian to have a file and a score.

Once you get listed you should shoot for at least an 80 Paydex(DNB) and a 75 Intelliscore but keep in mind that the number of trades, payment history, credit utilization, and credit limits play a huge role in the credit granting process.

This would allow the majority of lenders, creditors, banks, leasing companies, and suppliers to properly assess the creditworthiness of your business instead of having to rely on you and your personal credit.

To check to see if your company is already listed or to view your business annual credit report go to Experian’s Smart Business Reports to order your file. What companies do you know that report to Business Experian? That is the biggest obstacle when building business credit.


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