As you know we consider getting a Staples account an important step in business credit building. Here is a common confusion among some: When applying for the Staples card – remember it is easier initially to get a Net 30 pay account instead of a revolving account. That is the commercial billing account that asks you to pay the complete balance at the end of every 30 days. When you do have this account and use it for a couple of months it is easier to change it to a revolving account. In a revolving account you can pay a minimum every month if you want.

As we indicated on the site, Staples is a citibank backed card like Shell gas card. Of course with Staples you can get really creative. All that will make it easier for you to get a Citibank (or citibank backed) unsecured business credit card.


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Prepaid cards or loans are the first choice BUT make sure that they report to credit bureaus and not have outrages fees: For example: Applied Bank secured cards can be a choice. Also approach your personal bank for a secured card or loans. (read the Personal credit repair Part1).

After a couple of months move to unsecured cards (or semi unsecured cards). At this stage you have some credit history and you want to apply for unsecured credit. It is not really wise to apply to just any credit card since at this stage you will be rejected by most card companies. An inquiry on your report is a negative so be careful.

Orchard bank is usually a good choice. Of course you would have to put up with some really high fees . Plus do not expect them, in time, to increase your credit dramatically or reduce your rate by much. The aim is to develop some positive credit history and then apply for OTHER credit cards.

Personally I would say apply for a First Premier card as soon as Orchard appears on your credit report.In terms of reporting and developing credit they are good enough BUT it is their ridiculous fees that I do not like. They have a tendency of charging fees even if you have a zero balance on your card. Just be aware of the various fees so you can budget for them. The last thing you want is to be late on payment while rebuilding credit.

After waiting another two months or so I would suggest, Capital one and Discover cards. At this point you should be at a stage that your credit is improving at a faster speed. You will have more choices and you might want to apply to some of the cards that you get offered in the mail. These days Chase is becoming more relaxed in its lending standards. So you might want to consider them also.

Have a good mix of credit: Secured loans (read article on “Personal Credit Repair Part 1” , for the “secured credit trick”), credit cards, installment loans etc.

Here is something that you might not know: If you apply for a years membership with Bally total fitness, the total amount of the years membership appears on your credit. You will keep paying the $10 to $30 per month membership fee and the balance is reduced. So it has an effect of an installment loan and that would certainly help build credit.

These days banks are surprisingly compromising IF they give you credit. May be it is the fear of having another defaulted credit client, I do not know, but use that to your advantage. I have seen situation were one calls up First Premier after using them for a couple of months and asking them to close the account. The reasons given were; high fees and too low a credit limit. After some negotiations First Premier CREDITED the card with enough money so the client would not have to pay the fees out of pocket. This happened with no strings attached, meaning that the card could be closed again after the allotted 6 months. Now I am not saying that this would happen to everyone. I only site this example to illustrate that negotiating with credit companies after you have made some payments can pay off.

Lastly do not forget the power of UCC filings. No need for approvals, no need for picking which place to apply, no need for negotiating and certainly no fees to pay (other than the minor filing fee). UCC should be a part of credit building and repair. As soon as you apply for a secured card or loan you should file UCCs and they work for business and personal credit


Collection accounts:

FDCPA is what regulates collection agency activities. Basically you write a letter requesting validation/verification of the account. Do not get hung up on terminology.  You are simply requesting information on the account, pursuant to the FDCPAct. If the collection agencies respond you are not obligated to be satisfied with what they send you. Of course if they send you exact signatures on a document that you clearly signed it will be a little ridiculous denying the document.

During their investigation they cannot, by law, purse their collection activities. If they do you can sue them.  Remember that EVEN if 30 days had passed from the account going into collections you can still request information. You want to have a more aggressive (almost an air of superiority) approach and at no time accept or deny the account. You can write a letter per month inquiring about each and everything thing that you see on your credit regarding that account. Of course you will also reference the FCBAct. Plus indicate your right and ability to sue if the need arises.

Dealing with collectors phone calls could be another headache.  Just a couple of points:  Never assume what the collectors CAN do. Check your state laws. For example, not all states allow collectors to garnish your wages or put a lien on your house.  So if the collectors threaten you with that than they are breaking the law and you can file a complaint. In the case of telephone calls you have to look into TCPA, Telephone consumer protection act.

As you can see the credit repair process is not really fun. You will have some success and you will end you wasting your time but each removal makes a difference on your report.

You will be surprised how many things go unchecked because companies are not really used to people disputing items persistently enough. Collection agencies (& creditors in general) have far too many accounts they can move on to that will not give them the headache that you are giving them. Be persistent…. but will class.


Personally I think you should be more concerned with the bigger picture but understanding payment timing will give you a better understanding of the credit reporting process.

Using your card every month and paying off your credit every month will not necessarily show a zero balance every month.

Credit card companies report balances owed on the date they generate your monthly statement. Simply paying off the balance a couple of days before the statement generating date will do the trick. Do realize that the statement reporting date is separate from the monthly due date. I think that is where the confusion takes place. Call up your creditor and ask them what the date the statement is generated every month. You should simply pay the balance a couple of days before that date. So if the due date is 1st of the month and the statement generating date is the 15th simply pay off the balance on the, say, 11th. That way you can use the card and still show a zero balance, best of both worlds!

This can also be used for business credit vendor reporting. You might want to “reverse” the payments. Creditors looking at your business reports usually want to see a higher balance with certain vendors, which will show that the company has enough activity with vendors (among other things). The creditors also like to see repeat business. Now, if you have a minimum amounts to spend, timing your payments can report the maximum amount. For example, you can get credit from Seton. Seton is usually very easy to get credit from (credit to purchase only from them). Now Seton has a net 10 days credit which means that you have 10 days to pay. Seton like most others report to Dun & Bradstreet at the end of the month. You can buy something on like the 25th, have it reflected on your business credit report on the 1st (end of month – start of next month) and pay it off by the 5th (net 10 days) of the month. That way you have it reflected on D&B and still paid within the allotted credit time, net 10 days.

These are the little things that can give you optimum use of your credit and give you better control over credit reporting. You would be surprised how understanding this can help you in polishing out the credit repairing/building process.


How to improve your chances of getting credit from large banks like HSBC, Citibanks and others:One of your ultimate aims, as far as business credit, is to get revolving cash lines of credit. As you build your credit file you will have credit offerings mailed to you. I would strongly suggest to ignore these offers. At the early stages you want to nurture your file and  not burden it. You are likely to get approved by some of these banks but it will slow your progress later on. Your goals should be higher.

We all agree that not all banks are the same as far as their lending practices. Some banks are more conservative than others.  Lets take Citibank.  Citibank is probably one of the most dominant banks when it comes to starter revolving accounts. It stands to reason that you would want your business noticed by them. Did you know that Office depot, Home Depot, Staples, Dell, Sears, RadioShack are all backed by Citibank.  First registering with these companies and eventually getting some type of credit with some of them will certainly put you high up on Citibanks list. As a result your chances of getting lines of credit with Citibank will increase.

Similarly;  Walmart, Lowes and are backed by GE Money bank. Walmart, Lowes and all offer some type of credit that is worth pursuing if one of your aims is to get lines of credit with GE Money bank.In a few days I might get some more names of banks with their associated vendors and list them on this website. Also,  names of banks that are high up on my list as far as eventually getting cash lines of credit.In a few days I might get some more names of banks with their associated vendors and list them on this website. Also,  names of banks that are high up on my list as far as eventually getting cash lines of credit. Getting business credit established as soon as possible means “aligning” the business so the process flows in a smooth progression, leading up to banks giving you cash cards.


Here is a situation that is not uncommon these days :

An individual that has a couple of maxed out credit cards and a few collection accounts. The cumulative debt is not large enough to file bankruptcy. Bankruptcy should be the last option anyway. That basically is the story of his/her personal credit.

We all know that the collection accounts can be negotiated down if enough time has elapsed. Of course you still would have to come up with the money but it will be a lot less. In most cases you can also work out a payment plan.That leaves you with the maxed out credit on your credit report.

One good way to get positive credit history on your credit (that will result in increased credit score) is to get another credit card or loan. I think it is fair to say that in this economy it is tough to get much credit increase, even if you have decent credit. Years ago one could become an authorized user on someones credit card and add positive credit history, that would certainly help you in this situation. Only problem is that becoming an authorized user does not have the same effect on your credit like it used to. The other option is to borrow money from family or friends to pay off your debt. Mixing family with business is not always a good strategy.

There is another way. Public filings, especially in the form of UCC filings. Credit bureaus are connected to a public filing database that updates periodically (varies by state). They automatically receive all liens and bankruptcy information after it is filed at the county, state or federal level. You can actually file a certain document indicating that you have incurred a debt. Credit bureau will pick it up and as a result it will (one way or another) appear on your credit report. This is another way to add positive credit history. This results is your credit score increasing since a positive credit history appears on your report.

Please understand that this is a completely legal method and is very effective. Of course there is a certain amount of detail to it but at the end it is as simple as I make it sound.

Ever wonder how certain property managers and cars sales people mange to get liens on your credit. This is what they are really doing. A few of the more knowledgeable credit gurus file two or more of these public filings on their clients credit report to increase the credit score. Of course they charge enough money for it and never reveal what they are really doing.

The amazing thing is that even if you have filed bankruptcy you can use this method to quickly add lines on your credit report. Having two such lines on your report plus one secured cards (as an example) will quickly add positive credit history.

As a side note: Small amounts of credit is NOT that hard to get a little after filling bankruptcy. If you default on a debt, a collection agency can go after you for many years (depending on your state) . However, if you file bankruptcy most of the debt that falls under the bankruptcy can NOT be collected. Now, AFTER a bankruptcy you can not file for another bankruptcy for another 6 years or so. This gives lenders the satisfaction of knowing that if you default on their loan and you just filed bankruptcy they WILL be able to go after you for many years to come. As you might know that a judgment is likely to be filed against you and there is a chance that they will deduct your pay check or bank account. So getting some credit after filing bankruptcy is not that hard. Gentle readers there is always a come back.

Going back to public filings: In a nutshell this method that we are advocating eventually has the same effect (even if indirect) as getting a loan and gradually paying off the loan. We truly believe that this remains one of the best kept secrets of credit improvement.

Debt, good or bad (fortunately or unfortunately) is a VERY important part of modern everyday life. Either learn to use it or forever be a victim of it.

Public filings- UCC filings work both for personal and business credit.