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Is Business Credit Better Than Personal?

Updated: May 3, 2023


If you've ever tried to get a loan, you know that business credit scores are often rated differently than personal scores. Businesses have more leeway with interest rates and payment terms, which can make them more attractive for financing large purchases like cars.


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In this article, we'll break down the differences between personal and business credit scores and why having both types can be a good thing for your finances.


A business credit card can give you a better chance of qualifying for loans when you need them.

Business credit cards are different from personal ones. Because they're designed for businesses, they have different criteria for approval and use. For example, you may be able to get a business card even if your personal credit isn't great--but not vice versa.

Businesses can also build up their own individual credit history by using these cards responsibly (and paying off the balance each month). This is important because banks and other lenders look at both personal and business credit histories when making lending decisions; having both on hand gives them more information about whether or not to lend money to an applicant in need of funds for inventory or equipment purchases, etcetera.


Business credit scores are weighted differently than personal scores.

Businesses are judged on more than just how much debt they have, and can have a better chance of qualifying for loans when they need them.


Businesses can have more than one line of credit open at the same time.

This is not possible for individuals, who must choose between opening a new credit card or loan, or getting rid of an existing one. Businesses can also have multiple credit cards and loans open at once--for example, if you buy equipment with an equipment loan while also buying inventory on your business's credit card.

As we mentioned above, having several lines of credit available allows businesses to spread out their expenses over several different sources rather than putting all their eggs in one basket (which could cause problems if something goes wrong).


Businesses have more options for choosing which types of debt they want to take on.

Businesses can choose the type of debt they want to take on, and how much of it. For example, a business might decide that it would like to finance an expansion with a loan from the bank instead of by issuing stock or selling bonds in order to minimize dilution for existing shareholders.

Businesses can also choose whether or not they want any debt at all (as long as there's enough cash flow).


Businesses have more leeway with how they handle their debt repayment and interest rates.

For example, businesses can negotiate with creditors to pay off debts early or refinance them at a lower rate. If a business has multiple loans from different lenders, it may also be able to consolidate those debts into one single loan with a lower interest rate.


If you're looking to finance a car or other large purchase, you may want to get it through your business rather than as an individual.

Businesses can have more than one line of credit open at the same time, so if one card reaches its limit and needs another line opened up, it's much easier to do so when you have multiple accounts open.

Businesses also have more leeway with how they handle their debt repayment and interest rates. If an account has been delinquent for several months, most banks will cancel the contract and close down any remaining lines of credit. However, most companies will allow these delinquent accounts to continue running until they've been paid off in full--or even longer if there are other factors (such as high risk) involved with continuing business with that customer/client base



In the end, the choice is up to you. If you're looking to finance a car or other large purchase, it may make sense to get it through your business rather than as an individual. But if you're just trying to build credit for yourself, there are plenty of ways to do so without having separate accounts for each one of them!






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