In this economy, leveraging your valuable capital is a must. Most individuals and small business owners have very little if any additional capital.
That means you must find creative ways to market with almost no budget. How do you obtain additional customers at no cost to you?
That is the million-dollar question.
First, you have to work on your relationship skills. I know this part sounds like stuff you might learn in kindergarten, but few business owners do it.
These things include returning phone calls the same day, ideally, returning emails within 1-2 days.
Asking first, how may you help or serve. Follow up on what you say. If you finish a meeting and say you will follow up with an email that afternoon with that person’s steps to take, do it.
If you “forget” because you are unorganized or have a pattern of overpromising, that is an issue.
One strategy that I take is after every call. I schedule a to-do item on my calendar to send that person after the call.
I can often do that within 5-10 minutes after the call, but many times there may be 2-3 calls in a row, and instead of relying upon my memory for what I am promising, I track it. Remember to say please, and thank you. Follow up. Add more value. Over-deliver.
Be honest. If you cannot deliver something, tell someone you cannot do that in a time frame or manner expected.
Most will respect you more. Even something as simple as asking, have you ever heard of this person?
Instead of faking that you should know that person, be honest.
No, I have not heard of that person. Most people will respect your honesty instead of half faking you know them.
I remember hearing one speaker who actually sent out a thank you card to a promoter BEFORE he speaks. I have always done that after, but not before. I thought that was a great improvement.
For some reason, so many seem to skip these basic steps, and then they apply the strategies I will teach you next and conclude they do not work.
Most of the time, they did not “work” for you because you did not have these foundational elements in place. Many of you may need to be really honest with yourself and find you need to improve greatly in these little things first.
Let’s discuss the power of the host beneficiary relationship.
The ultimate form of leverage for your business is to find a company, a business, or an individual who already has the relationships you need access to.
They have already spent the time, the money to acquire and keep your ideal customers and clients. They are seen as a trusted advisor in their field. That is true leverage!
The marketing term is called a “host/beneficiary relationship,” popularized by marketing guru Jay Abraham.
A host beneficiary relationship is where Company A (the host) agrees to let Company B (the beneficiary) deliver a sales message to people who are Company A’s customers or clients.
If you are the beneficiary, you provide valuable content to the host’s clients in exchange for FREE exposure to their entire list!
Often, a host may have a membership site or continuity program and are looking for guests to interview either through a teleseminar or webinar.
It is often your ability to position your product or service to add massive value to the host’s clients.
On the other hand, in growing your own business as the host, you may be looking for other great information, tools, resources that really can help your own clients be more successful.
Why wait for your clients to find (if they are likely) the right resources to grow their business or find the consumer resources they need. It may be your responsibility to search out the best resources for your clients or customers and become the host of numerous bonuses, podcasts, webinars, and other ways to brings in beneficiaries to help your clients or customers become more successful.
In fact, the revenue share you may experience by being the host may offset your entire marketing budget when done properly! (more…)
The quality of your life is really the quality of your communication with yourself and others.
Once you become more aware of your language and study the strategies, you will achieve better results.
As you may know, I have studied NLP (neuro linguist programming) and become a master practitioner back in 1999 with my wife, De Ann.
NLP has been defined in many ways.
NLP is a way to use language and your brain to get results. Modeling is the ability to duplicate, with uncommon precision, any behavior, ability, or result.
NLP also helps you to model faster any result you want. The belief is if anyone can create a result if you can create the exact model and duplicate it.
My teacher is Alexander Van Buren. I have interviewed him for pieces of training in the past, including the very popular “How to Overcome the Pattern of Overwhelm and Confusion” and “How to achieve your goals faster and easy.”
Both are excellent examples of how small shifts in your language can make all the difference in the world.
To become more effective with your own language patterns and others, you will need to become a better listener. This will come to you as you learn the subtle differences with language and the effects on your results both for your business and your life.
Let’s start with a basic example that we may all be guilty of at times, that is, generalizations (when it is linked to problems, linked to solutions is good).
A generalization is a global belief about people, things, or places.
One might say, all men are just out for one thing. That is a generalization. Not ALL men are out for one thing.
Perhaps the 5 men you have dated or someone you knew has dated appeared to be out for one thing.
Another one is the word always.
Why do I always seem to get taken advantage of? Do you always? Or did it happen a few times?
There is an NLP pattern called the optimism pattern where you put resources in the future and limit problems.
You might say, Bob was not ideal for me because_________ (isolate the problem to one person, Bob, not all men) and list your outcome.
My goal is to meet energetic, fun, spiritual, and financially successful people and love to be with me!
Next language the solution. Here is where you can use generalizations to put resources in the future. I always attract the best people in my life!
Most people say the opposite, called the Pessimistic Pattern, which is why do I always meet the wrong people (generalizes problems), I never seem to pick the good ones, and I always seem to screw it up.
As you can hear, this will lead to a lot of problems.
Establishing well-formed conditions is the key to success.
Step 1. State what you want in positive terms (not what you don’t want).
Here are the questions to ask:
What specifically do you want? (keyword is specifically). What do you WANT to have happened? When you imagine the situation as ideal, what do you notice?
Step 2. It should be initiated and maintained by the goal setter. Here are some great questions to ask: If you were to state the goal as something initiated by you, how would you say it?
Step 3. Make sure your goals are stated and defined in sensory-based terms (in pictures, sounds, and feelings).
Here are the key questions to ask:
What will you be doing when you get your outcome?
What will it look like when you already have your outcome?
Do you hear the language being used?
Adding the word at the end “already” assumes you will achieve your outcome. That is a huge distinction.
Step 4. When, where, and with whom …Ask; when do you want (day, time…) to achieve your outcome? Where and with whom.
As the last step, it always helps to do what is called an ecology check. Do you achieving your outcome negatively affect someone or cause major challenges?
This is a good check to determine by you achieving your goal. Ideally, no one is negatively affected.
Sometimes that is not the case.
Another great language pattern for business is what is called an evidence procedure question.
This is where you will determine what has to happen for someone to do business with you.
They will tell you their steps or evidence procedure. Another great question is from my friend Spike Humer.
He will often ask, “What would it take for you to say yes?”It invites someone to the space of accepting your offer and for them to step out of that and tell you what is missing in your offer, product, or service so you can fill the gaps! Another powerful approach!
The word specifically can solve and minimize many challenges. Some people used unspecified verbs in their communication.
For example, ‘They’re hurting the community.’ You may ask, ‘How specifically are they hurting the community’?
Get someone to chunk down and get more specific.
Another example is the comparative deletion. It’s getting worse. Worse than what? It’s too expensive. Compared to what?
Or mind reading. For example, I knew you would like it. How did you know?
Milton Ericson was a famous medical hypnotherapist.
He would use patterns to create positive and lasting change. When combined with pacing and leading, and sensory acuity (auditory, visual or kinesthetic).
Here are a couple of examples. Awareness Predicates: Notice, aware, discover, realize, know, appreciate…
Have you NOTICED your body relaxing?
Are you AWARE of how good you’ve become at using language to influence?
Adverbs and adjectives; Become deeply, curious, easily…Are you CURIOUS to know how soon you’ll be using language well?
Stacking is a powerful way to combine presuppositions.
Example: Perhaps you’ve ALREADY discovered many uses for presuppositions and ways to combine them with your other skills.
WHICH one will you use most?
WHICH one will hear yourself say FIRST?
WHICH one will become your favorite?
I’m not certain HOW good you’ll become at using language or HOW MANY people you’ll help with your new skills.
Do you hear the differences?
Do you now understand how powerful your language can affect yourself and others?
Finally, avoid the word “try.”
I know you know this, and now is a great time to eliminate that word for “failure” from your vocabulary and replace it with a more empowering word like “execute, test or implement.”
Forming a separate legal entity is a smart move for developing credibility, lowering your audit risk, and protecting your personal assets.
Most people do not complete the transition and are still operating as a sole proprietorship and part of a new entity.
This creates many problems, as you can imagine, including exposure to your personal assets when you probably thought you were protected.
Below is a checklist that will help you double-check to see if you are on the right track with your business entity.
___1. Form a separate legal entity. The most common choices are either a corporation or an LLC. A corporation may be taxed as a regular corporation or an S corporation. An LLC can be taxed as a disregarded entity, an S or C corporation, or a limited partnership.
All choices have advantages and disadvantages. An LLC has an extra layer of protection called the “charging order” that protects the ownership interest if a partner is sued personally for something unrelated to the operating company.
___2. Obtain a NEW EIN (each separate legal entity requires a new EIN).
___3. Obtain a corporate or LLC record book with the proper bylaws or operating agreement. If an LLC, the operating agreement should match the number of members (owners) and the taxation type. For example,
a two-member LLC taxed as an S corporation has a different operating agreement than a single-member LLC taxed as an S corporation.
___4. Obtain support with completing the corporation or LLC record book with both online support and live office support. When you work with NCP, our staff will schedule a 30-minute record book review with you, and you will have full access to our NCP member’s area.
___5. Open a new bank account in the name of the corporation or LLC (even if you have one with a similar business name as a DBA, you will need a new one under the corporation or LLC and the EIN.
If you have a DBA name now linked to the corporation or LLC (that is key), you may have the new corporation or LLC name and DBA name on the new checking account.
___6. Capitalize the new corporation or LLC. This means you will put money in the new bank account to exchange ownership interest in the corporation or LLC.
This may be $1,000.00 or more of capitalization to get the company started. A husband and wife with a two-member corporation or LLC should each
capitalize the corporation or LLC separately.
___7. Obtain a business debit and credit card. The business debit card will be automatic. The business credit card you will need to apply for.
Ask the banker where they pull your personal credit (which bureau) and
what the minimum your personal credit score has to be.
Ask what your revolving debt level has to be and if you have any major derogatories if those will be an issue before you apply.
___8. Move your merchant account to the name of the corporation or corporation or LLC (if you accept credit cards in your business). Most in network marketing are processing their orders on credit cards to
the main company for processing.
If you accept credit cards directly, make sure you complete a new
merchant application in the corporation or LLC name and point that revenue to the new bank account under the EIN of the corporation or LLC.
___9. Transfer any business assets to the corporation or LLC. This may involve any equipment or tools of your business. Check with your CPA first to determine if any assets have been depreciated or written
off, creating a taxable event moving to the entity.
It may make sense in some cases to leave the business assets in your name. This is a case by case basis that will require more professional help.
___10. Obtain a new business license in the name of the corporation or LLC. You should check on local requirements to determine if you are required to have a business license for a home-based business.
You may live in an area that does not allow home-based businesses, which may force you to hang a business license as an office location (if required).
___11. Establish a 5-year business plan (avoid being classified as a hobby).
___12. Set up the chart of accounts for the new entity with some accounting software.
___13. Use a payroll service when it comes time to start payroll. NCP recommends ADP for payroll nationally, and we have a resource for you.
You may also want to check with your accountant and attorney for legal and tax implications from hiring employees.
___14. After everything is up and running with the new LLC/Corp, close out the bank account to your sole proprietorship and dissolve the DBA name linked to you personally.
A common mistake is to continue operating the sole proprietorship while you are operating the new corporation or LLC.
___15. Update any contracts, agreements, insurance, and licenses in your name personally as to which ones need to be transferred over or redone in the name of the corporation or LLC.
___16. Update your status with your networking company that future commissions be paid to the corporation or LLC under the EIN, not to you personally anymore.
___17. Update all your sources of income with the new Tax ID number of the new entity. Your goal is to avoid receiving unnecessary 1099’s (meaning you want the money, just not to yourself individually anymore) for affiliate or referral fees by the end of next year. Make sure all your affiliates are updated with the new entity information.
___18. Update any insurance to now be in the name of the corporation or LLC. Make sure this does not change your policy or premiums (and coverage).
___19. Get new business cards. Don’t be cheap even if the only difference in the name of your company is “LLC” or “Corporation.”
___20. Check with your attorney or CPA for any steps missed at the state level, involving sales tax, or any other state compliance issues.
___21. A Nevada corporation or LLC, and you live in another state. The corporation or LLC should foreign register to do business in the state where you live and operate your business. If you formed a corporation or LLC in your home state, this step is not necessary.
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If you are an international seller on Amazon.com FBA, there are many factors to consider in the U.S. with both federal income tax and sales tax. Our concern for you is if you do not get all these elements answered correctly and in the right sequence, the potential audits may be devastating to your U.S. Amazon business years down the road.
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U.S. Tax responsibilities based upon how you have set up your Amazon business.
U.S. tax returns. Are you current? And if not, what do you need to do to avoid a big audit (typically a three-year lag time).
Even if a tax treaty exists with your country, what is still required? (one client received an IRS tax big for over $292K because they did not file the correct U.S. tax return).
Sales tax responsibilities as a foreign seller and the misconceptions that cost Amazon sellers a fortune. (has nothing to do with pending federal sales tax legislation).
Behind on sales tax? What are the big issues to avoid that may jack up your penalties to as much as 100% when you attempt to get into sales tax compliance?
Looking to skip U.S. sales tax altogether because your tax advisor said, don’t worry about it? Discover why the states are on to you and why a sales tax audit is the most crippling of any U.S. audit.
How to get back on track while selling in the U.S. Should that be through a foreign entity or perhaps a U.S. entity?
How do you remit U.S. sales tax without a U.S. bank account, and what will that cost you?
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Have you invested in a business system supposed to deliver great results to you and your business, but the results were far less than what was promised?
I know I have over the years, probably over $100K worth or more. You saw the great testimonials by people that did not look half as intelligent as yourself. You may have been thinking…”If they can do, so can I”!
Many times the great system only leads to a great disappointment. Another system that didn’t turn your business around didn’t bring in all those new customers or clients. Why is that? Was it the system, or was it you (or both)? In some situations, the marketer was overpromising, and the system could no way produce the results promised, or the system was just crap, to begin with. I am sure we have all invested in a few of those.
I do believe that most systems are excellent and will help you produce amazing results. If that is true, then what is the challenge? It is you. Before you get upset, this is a good thing.
Being accountable and learning a new distinction or shifting a belief can make a major difference in your future results.
Let me break down the steps why the system is not producing results for you and what you must do differently in the future (even if you go back to your bookshelf and dust off some of those books, and other systems you have already invested in and now go back with a new attitude and mindset to get a better ROI.
Three Reasons Why the System Did Not Work for You and How to Turn that Around
You were sold on simple steps to get the results in your business or life. Unfortunately, that is what sells, but it rarely ever works that way.
Dan Kennedy has over 100 steps for every live event he conducts. These are complex marketing funnels to get attendees to sign up, get them to come to the event after paying, and the following funnel after the event.
He actually tracks revenue PER HOUR at his four-day events. It is a business, and he runs it like one. Now, if you want to put on events and have 700 people in the audience and have a $4 million event with ticket sales, upsells, speaker splits…it is a massive undertaking.
You may go to or invest in training on running high ticket events, and the headline will not be…”100 Simple Steps to Run a Profitable Event”. It may be 7 steps, 3 steps…That is what people want, the simple solution. Rarely is that the case.
The 7 steps might be an overview and very accurate, but each step may have 10 other sub-steps to get the result. No one can tell you that upfront because you would never invest in the program.
The solution is to realize that it isn’t that simple.
You invested in an outline, blueprint, or pathway to get the result (which was worth the investment). Just realize that each step may be very involved with many other steps, and when you have the mindset, this will be twice as much work, take twice as long to get the results. This is the first step to realize.
There is more work involved in this system. No different than the long hours you have put into your business or your skillset. You may have been up late nights, early in the morning, and working long hours to find that most still do not appreciate or want to pay top dollar for your trial and error and resulting expertise.
Even my title, three reasons… really tells you there maybe 40, but I will give you the top 3.
Your mindset is not focused on small incremental improvements. I have found when interviewing people over the years, especially in the direct sales industry.
I ask them how the business is going for them. It is often not going well, and usually, their reason is that they are doing everything that the guru or top leader is doing, but they are not getting the same results.
They incorrectly conclude that the “system” does not work. The harsh reality is that if you were doing EXACTLY as the top leader, you would get EXACTLY the same results. It should be quite clear you are NOT taking the EXACT same approach to the system.
If you start with that new belief, that is half the battle. The solution is to get really excited about modeling EXACTLY how the top leader or guru uses the system to get results if it is a direct sale opportunity where everyone has a similar website or opt-in page (and usually on an opt-in page to capture leads, there may be 20 different distinctions from headlines, to the color of headlines, the video used, pictures, language to opt-in…).
Even if you have molded that in detail, the process of bringing in a new member is to speak to them on the phone. Now, this is where the big differences show up immediately.
You have to measure your call, approach, presentation, and close ratios to determine better what part of your call process is not working so you can improve it.
If you can record the top leader and record yourself and compare, the differences may be subtle or massive.
They all will make a huge difference in your results.
You did not implement all the steps. Most people I find quit on step 3 of a 10 part system then conclude it did not work. You never even poorly implemented all the steps.
At least if you had done that, you would have gotten some results. I have done this over the years, and that is a big part of my success. At least I poorly implemented all the steps as a minimum.
That is ahead of 90% of the group right there. The solution is to implement all the steps and then go back to improve the implemented steps.
As you know, you will get better with improved repetition. If you are doing all the steps incorrectly and repeat that process, all you end up with is more incorrect repetitions or no results.
No wonder you are so frustrated if you are not frustrated and are among the few who get results with the system, congrats to you! That is a model of success for you and others you may influence!
It boils down to the psychology that your mindset will determine your success with the system in most cases.
When you realize more work will be involved, and you focus on small incremental improvements, implement all the steps, and improve them with repetition.
You are on your way to getting a much higher ROI on your investment in any system you have invested in the past or future!
One of the biggest mistakes I have found over the past 23 years is clients who sometimes have that false sense of security thinking they are totally protected with one legal entity.
Unfortunately, I have seen clients lose control of their companies, their personal assets, and even control of their operating business. The goal is to give you the strategies to plug up any gaping holes you may have in your shield of protection to your current and future assets.
Let’s review the basic’s. The first step is to separate your personal and business assets.
That means not operating as a sole proprietorship and forming a separate legal entity like an LLC. Nevada offers an extra layer of protection when it comes to protecting the entity veil and making it harder for someone to come through to your personal assets (assuming you were the owner of the entity).
The next step is to separate your “Safe” from “Risk” assets. Most take the first step to separate their “risk” assets by forming a separate legal entity. Shortly we will cover how to add more separation for your business.
Many forget to form a separate legal entity to protect their “safe” assets, like gold, silver, stock in the stock market (even your cryptocurrency)…where there is no direct liability to you. I believe the reason for this is most think they do not have enough safe assets to protect.
There is no magic number, like once you achieve $100K in safe assets (outside your retirement plan) you need to form a separate LLC. The key question to ask is, “How would you feel if you lost all safe assets to a lawsuit, or action by your creditors?”
If you had $40K of investments unprotected, that may be very important to you, if that is all your safe assets. Also, if you have ownership interest in a business, you may be worth millions, but if you own it personally or by your living trust (which is protected from probate, not liability) you may lose control of that safe asset also!
If you own real estate outside of your principal residence, that should be held by a separate legal entity. It should not be owned by your safe asset holding LLC or by your business operating LLC. To this point your asset protection structure should look like the following diagram below.
Notice that the living trust is owning the membership interest in each LLC, which is ok because the LLC provides the “charging order” protection which is a legal remedy that only (typically) allows the creditor to receive an “economic interest” in distributions from the LLC, not a management interest in the membership interest that controls the company. Now, with the charging order and the living trust connected, you have the best of both worlds.
I find that most seem to forget that if you form an S or C corporation (except in Nevada, which is the only state that has the “charging order” protection for corporations) and you are sued personally for something unrelated to the operating company, you could lose control of your entire company AND ALL the assets of the company, including ownership to your website, bank accounts or any other assets titled to that company.
Many seem to forget even who their website is owned by, which may be their biggest assets they lose control for any online marketer.
The key part is to ask the question: What would happen if my business was sued at the operating level? Do you have any type of business liability insurance to handle the first hit?
Most small businesses owners do not have any liability insurance. This means if your business is sued, your business is on the hook for all the legal fees to defend the business.
You could lose all the assets, domain names and bank account balances in the lawsuit. The good news is your personal assets should be protected because of the separate legal entity.
The second important question becomes: What would happen if you were sued for something unrelated to the operating business at the personal level? Would you lose control of your company? Would you have a new business partner in your company? This is why so many business owners are vulnerable as a corporation where you own the stock personally.
The first strategy involves the use of Single Member LLC’s disregarded for tax purposes to accomplish two goals:
1: to isolate liability to the main operating business (the main assets) and 2: to reduce your federal tax return expenses ( a single member LLC does not have a separate federal tax return due when it is taxed as a disregarded entity vs. an LLC taxed as a partnership would have a 1065 due federally which may be $400-$800 each).
In our example,e the husband and wife have an internet marketing business and realize they do not want all their eggs in one basket with their growing business.
It is typical if you are a speaker from the platform that would be a separate legal entity, also, if you put on your own events that would be a separate legal entity, and your coaching program would be a separate legal entity.
Each business has its own level of liability and forming a separate legal entity for each to isolate liability is a smart move. You may want all the profits and losses of each business to flow to one entity for tax purposes to simplify the tax structure.
Ideally, the individual owners will have a living trust set up for estate planning purposes to complete the planning. In this strategy make sure you separate each LLC for each business on all the websites, bank accounts, credit cards… to run them as separate legal entities.
Let me share a story that shares the purpose of this diagram below. A couple of years back, I had a client from Hawaii who had a very successful flooring business doing about $3 million per year in annual revenue. He had a partner and they operated under a Hawaii LLC taxed as a partnership.
The one partner was involved in a high profile divorce and the spouse (non-partner) engaged in the charging order, again the LLC as one of the assets involved in the divorce.
Even though the charging order protected the LLC’s assets, that spouse was able to subpoena all the business records of the LLC to determine if any expenses were hidden or going to other companies that the spouse had control of. This was very disruptive to the operating entity. Although the charging order did its job, this was disruptive.
When the partner finalized the divorce and moved to Las Vegas to open a similar business with his same partner, we added a protection layer at the ownership level.
Each owner formed a separate LLC to hold only safe assets, and the safe asset it would own was the ownership interest in the operating company. NOW, if either partner had a legal issue, personal, or another divorce, instead of a charging order against the ownership interest in the operating
company, it would be a charging order against the safe asset holding LLC.
This would insulate the operating business from any legal issues with any of the owners.
This same strategy works well with an investment group, with many owners, to require each owner to have their own separate LLC to own the investment fund’s ownership. This would help avoid any disruptions to the investment fund.
In this example, the flooring company may have different divisions, each with its own product line, and a single member LLC may help with the other structure for each division for liability reasons. See the diagram below.
In conclusion, a multi-tiered approach is a very powerful, yet underutilized strategy that can often be the difference between growing your net worth and not having any at all. It is not if you will be sued, but when. The more protection will help you keep more of your assets for you and your family.
Anytime you’re visiting unfamiliar territory, it always helps to get travel tips from someone who’s made the trip before you – someone who knows the wrong turns to avoid and how it feels to be a newcomer.
Meet Kevin and Melissa Knecht – a husband and wife entrepreneurial team wrapping up one of their most successful and abundant years ever!
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How did they do it? Kevin and Melissa are happy to share their secrets with anyone ready to take their business success to the next level. Certainly, they already had the desire, determination, and a clear vision of their destination.
What they were missing was a complete business foundation that could multiply and protect their profits. After some heavy comparison shopping for someone to walk them through the process of forming a corporation or LLC, they decided that NCP was the best value.
Sure, we could go on about the comprehensive process we took them through – but no one can explain what this experience did for their confidence and earning power better than Kevin and Melissa. They share the important highlights in this quick video.
If you’re ready to put your business on a powerful new success trajectory in 2021, as Kevin and Melissa did, NCP is ready to help! You’ll be amazed at how fast, complete, and affordable our system is. Please take the next step and call us today at 1 (888) 627-7007 or (702) 367-7373.
Why do banks look to the business credit bureaus like Dun & Bradstreet®, Corporate Experian®, and Corporate Equifax® as part of their business lending process?
The main reason lenders use these rating and reporting services; is to minimize risk. Known informally as “The Big Three,” they have built a reputation for offering the most accurate and up to date information available on business credit history.
Lenders pay a fee to receive detailed reports on a company’s payment history with other lenders, types of business credit they’ve used in the past, and information on current loans.
Business credit profiles are considered an important indicator of a company’s financial health and how likely they are to pay back a business loan in the future.
Why is it important to build a business credit profile for my company with Dun & Bradstreet,® Corporate Experian®, and Corporate Equifax® (the big three)?
Building a strong business credit profile is very important to secure vendor lines of credit, banking lines of credit, and other types of business loans and get the most favorable terms and interest rates.
Even if you’re not seeking financing at this time, it’s important to know that potential alliance partners and customers may also pull profiles on companies they’re evaluating for new business.
If your company has a weak profile (or none at all), you may be losing out on other opportunities without even realizing it. You won’t know these companies are looking at your profile unless you subscribe to a paid business credit monitoring service, which can be a good idea for certain businesses.
Both are very important to your business. You probably already work with several vendors for day to day materials and supplies, but odds are that most of them are not reporting your good payment history to the big three.
Over 90% of vendors do not report, and many businesses are shocked to learn that their business credit score and rating are either weak or nonexistent.
Building lines of credit with vendors that report to the big three will help you establish a strong business credit profile in addition to managing your cash flow and using the vendor’s credit to help grow your business.
Items like payroll and marketing require cash, not vendor credit. Cash lines of credit provide funds that can be used immediately for any investment or expense your business requires.
Some examples of credit cash lines include loans, cash advances, merchant account advances, accounts receivable financing, equipment financing, or retirement plan financing.
The key question you will want to ask is how much of that will apply to vendor lines of credit and how much will be cash lines for your business.
The answer depends on certain business and personal criteria. Yes, your personal credit history does come into play, especially with business lines of credit. Personal guarantees are almost always required for most cash lines of credit.
When you see internet promotions for $150K of business credit guaranteed or up to $1 million of funding, is that a scam?
Not always. These headlines are designed to draw you in. If they have a client doing $25 million per year in revenue, they very well may get a $1 million line of credit, but to assume that everyone qualifies no matter what their business circumstances might make no sense.
Business credit and funding decisions are based upon both personal and business criteria. The customer’s challenge is knowing the right questions to ask to determine if the offers and claims being made are realistic for their individual situation.
Does it make sense that a business owner with personal bankruptcy and no revenues or collateral would receive a $100,000 line of credit? Common sense tells you that will never happen.
Government grants are another area where salespeople frequently over promise and under deliver. They’ll point out that millions in grants are available every year, which is true, and give you all the details on the grant application process.
Typically they don’t tell you how few applicants ever receive grant money before collecting your fee for their submission service. Fast Business Credit does have contacts with legitimate grant writing companies.
Still, they charge a lot for their services, and they are very careful about screening out applicants who are not likely to qualify. Again, the key is to know what questions to ask, so you’re getting information that truly applies to your individual situation.
What are some of the criteria used to determine the types of business credit my company can qualify for, how much we’ll get, and how fast we’ll receive it?
Most business lenders consider factors like these when making business credit decisions:
Business plan and financial statements
Number of years in business
Annual gross sales and profits
Monthly VISA/MASTERCARD sales
Accounts receivable, equipment owned, and available collateral
Corporate Experian® business credit score and rating
Business Equifax® business credit score and rating.
The number of vendors reporting to the business credit bureaus
A personal guarantee versus a personal credit check
Your personal credit score in all three bureaus
Your revolving debt ratio
Any major derogatories like a bankruptcy or foreclosure
Investments in retirement accounts
When is the right time to start building business credit?
There are simple steps any business owner can take to start building business credit from day one, and the time to secure the most funding and the best terms are when things are going well.
Most business owners do the opposite and wait until they’re in financial trouble before they seek funding. When times are good, and cash flows in, many don’t think about why they might need more money.
What if a major company wants to send you so much business it would triple your output? Do you have the cash flow to scale up quickly? What if there’s a receivable gap between when you provide services and when you get paid? Do you have the cash flow to maintain operations and payroll?
How many people during COVID wish they’d had a few more bank lines of credit to sustain them through the potential downturn that may happen in 2021? Plan ahead.
You already know the numbers; 95% fail within 5 years, over 50% the first year.
There are so many aspects to have in place to run and operate a successful business including, the foundation to your business, a specific niche, a great product, great marketing, a system in place, the best people…and so much more.
No wonder it can be so difficult.
Almost every great business success story is filled with challenges, struggle, and almost failure.
Almost failing and not failing is a night and day difference.
Think of so many great business leaders and companies that almost failed and turned things around. Steve Jobs returned to Apple, the company he founded that fired him, and Lee Iaccoca turning around Chrysler.
The biggest challenge to success in your business and life is not money, time, resources, connections. It is self-doubt.
When you have self-doubt at the start of your business or as years go by with your ability to lead, grow, overcome changes, innovate, and succeed, it is your biggest enemy.
There are very few, if any, success stories where the leader was filled with self-doubt. If self-doubt creeps into your mind and daily operations of what you are doing to grow your business, the task is just about impossible.
I heard a great recent interview with Bill Walsh, known as “America’s Business Expert,” with Sharon Lechter, the co-author of the international bestseller, Rich Dad, Poor Dad.
She is now focused on expanding the knowledge of Napoleon Hill’s principles and teachings worldwide in conjunction with the Napoleon Hill Foundation.
As you know, the famous book written by Napoleon Hill in 1937 was the first real success book of its time, and today almost every successful entrepreneur has read or at least heard of it.
Napoleon Hill wrote a second book in 1938, just after Think and Grow Rich, which was never published. It was considered too controversial by his family and friends.
His wife even said I do not want this book published in my lifetime. Napoleon Hill passed away in 1970 and his wife in 1984.
This manuscript was given to the Napoleon Hill Foundation after his wife’s passing and was just recently published with the help of Sharon Lechter.
The book is called, Outwitting the Devil, the Secret to Freedom and Success. From the title, you can see why this book would have been a controversy even today, much less back in 1938.
The book deals with self-doubt and fear (from the Devil) that can prevent you from achieving true success.
It helps you deal head-on with your self-doubt and challenges you straight on that you are capable of success and overcoming any limitation!
There is even a “secret chapter” when you go to buy the book at their website, www.outwittingthedevil.com (what a great idea for a lead opt-in, a “secret chapter.”
The essence is that we all battle self-doubt at some level, I know I have many times over the last 23 years, and to me, there are a few key points to overcome self-doubt and move to success.
Recharge your identity with powerful “I am” statements. Not the negatives ones that cause self-doubt like, “I am not a good marketer, I am broke, I am technology challenged….but to replace that instead with, “I am successful, I am a great leader, I am wealthy (you have a body that would cost over 6 million dollars to recreate if possible), I am a great decision maker, I am energetic, I am a great marketer…Say this every morning as you wake up and own your new identity. This is a great strategy. I was reminded of this recently while watching Joel Osteen (that guy is inspired and inspiring).
Develop short and long term goals. Map out your future. Yes, you may have done this three or four years ago but do it now again.
Once you map out your future and goals and get very clear on them, the flood gates will open! Self-doubt is usually closely related to unclear or changing goals. If you are flip-flopping, that will create challenges.
Map out your top 3 personal and business goals in the next 90 days. Then do it for the next 12 months and three years. Stick with the top 3 goals for now. You will need to develop what action steps you will need to accomplish your top 3 goals 90 days from now, 12 months, and three years.
At each action step, I would recommend you develop a SMART goal for it. That stands for the Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Bound. Once you take the time, maybe an hour, to map out your goals and get really clear on your vision of where you want to be in the next 1, 2, and 3 years things will start happening in your life!
Practice the pattern of high self-esteem. In essence, you want to focus on a self-to-self comparison, not comparing yourself to others, which creates low esteem and self-doubt.
How you do that is to focus on improving since last week in any area of your business or personal life. It should be in small chunks and in short periods of time.
You might say, “The improvement I made in joint ventures since last week is ______________.”
Focus on daily objectives. Set your top 6 priorities each day to lead to the most productivity in your business and an amount of time allocated for each one.
Work on your priorities in order and do not allow (unless an emergency) any interruptions. Stay focus on each task at a time.
That will help manage your time and give you the feeling of productivity, leading to more confidence and self-doubt.
Join a mastermind group of successful leaders. A properly established mastermind group will help you stay focused on your goals to grow your business and hold you accountable.
If you are the business owner by yourself with no one else to be accountable to, it really helps to be a part of a mastermind group.
Take some small action today in each of the 5 steps and establish SMART goals to help you establish more confidence in your business and less self-doubt.
The key is action now at the moment for your success in life and business!
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