Your business bank account plays a crucial role in how your company manages its day to day finances. Did you know your bank history of deposits, withdrawals, average daily balances, overdrafts, etc. all play a factor in how your financial institution views your company's bank rating?
The three most important types of credit ratings a business owner should be aware of are; consumer credit scores, business credit ratings, and bank credit ratings. Consumer credit reports and scores are considered a financial report card on how well an individual manages his personal finances.
A business credit report is a detailed and comprehensive report card that shows how a company manages its fiscal responsibilities. However, a major difference compared to a consumer report is it provides detailed information on the company's operations, its officers, size, financials, and number of employees, industry classification, payment trends and much more.
Finally, your bank credit rating plays a key role when applying for a loan or line of credit with your financial institution. When you apply, your bank will review your banking history, deposit history and bank credit ratings. In addition, they will review your consumer credit reports and business credit reports as part of their overall risk assessment.
The total amount of borrowing capacity a company can acquire from the banking system is known as bank credit. A bank credit rating is based on factors relating to how your company manages its bank accounts. One of the most important bank credit rating factors influencing your borrowing potential with a financial institution is your company's balance rating. This rating is based on your company's average minimum balance maintained in its account over a ninety day period. For example, a company that maintains a minimum balance equal to or greater than $10k will rate 'Low 5'. This rating indicates that a business may have the ability to repay on a line or a line of credit.
In addition, managing your business banking account responsibly is another key component to establishing a favorable bank credit rating. This includes no overdrafts, bounced checks or negative balance history. You can avoid this by adding overdraft protection to your business bank accounts. A healthy bank account history and rating speaks volumes to lenders when assessing the creditworthiness of a business.
Ultimately, a company's cash flow reflects the health of a business. With a positive balance rating and consistent deposits coming into the account on a regular basis, lenders can readily assess the business has revenues to meet its financial obligations. More importantly, positive cash flow clearly shows that a business is generating enough revenues than is used to run the company.
Finally, the length of time your business bank account has been established at a financial institution shows stability and longevity in the eyes of lenders. A seasoned bank account is an essential component to building a favorable bank credit rating. The more positive history a business has with a financial institution the better. It's strongly advised to avoid switching banks since it will impact your banking history if a seasoned bank account already exists.
If you are searching for a financial institution to open a business bank account with consider a small business-friendly bank that has experience working with companies in your industry. A bank that understands your business and industry is much easier to work with when applying for an unsecured business loan or line of credit. The whole lending process is much easier for a bank to underwrite when it understands and specializes in making loans to a company like yours.
A financial institution will be one of the most important partners your business will have. Your business bank account will not only keep your personal and business funds separate, but it will allow you to organize your business more effectively. No matter what business you're in, establishing a positive bank credit rating is a critical part of developing a creditworthy business.