Elevating Your Credit Score: A Guide For Business Dreamers

Lexi Hargesheimer

Lexi Hargesheimer

Director of Communications, GeoMetrx

Embarking on the entrepreneurial journey of launching your franchise or small business begins with a cornerstone of financial health: a robust credit score. Achieving loan funding to breathe life into your dream business may seem like a steep climb, but with strategic steps and a positive mindset, enhancing your credit score is within reach. Let’s navigate through the proven pathways to elevate your credit health, ensuring you’re loan-ready and set for business success.

“The secret to getting ahead is getting started.”

– Mark Twain

Understand Your Credit Report & Be On The Lookout For Errors

If you haven’t already, it never hurts to start with a thorough examination of your credit report, a comprehensive record of your credit history. It’s essential to identify any inaccuracies that could unfairly lower your score. Secure a free credit report annually from each of the major bureaus—Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion—via AnnualCreditReport.com, the only authorized website for free credit reports as endorsed by the Federal Trade Commission (2021). Dispute any errors diligently to refine your credit profile (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, 2020). In addition, creating a free Credit Karma account gives you 24/7 access to your credit score without any dings to your report.

On-Time Payments: Your Credit Lifeline

Your payment history is pivotal in your credit score calculus, making up 35%. Establishing a record of punctual payments can significantly bolster your score. Automate bill payments as a fail-safe against forgetfulness, cementing your reputation as a trustworthy borrower (MyFICO, 2021).

Utilize “Avalanche” Or “Snowball” Method To Pay Off Debt

Making up 30% of your credit score is how much debt you owe. Simultaneous to covering the minimum monthly payment for each debt, choose between two strategies to pay off your overall debt most effectively. The “avalanche” method targets your highest interest debt first, saving you more money overall. The “snowball” method targets your smallest debt amount first; as you move on to pay off larger and larger debts, you feel a sense of achievement after each individual debt is paid off (Experian, 2023). 

Celebrate incremental improvements and keep your entrepreneurial goal in sight: securing the funding to launch your dream business.

Master Your Credit Utilization & Consider A Credit Increase

A critical metric affecting your score is your credit utilization ratio, ideally kept below 30%, or even better 10%. Diminishing your credit card balances not only enhances your score but also appeals to lenders’ perception of your debt management. Consider requesting a credit limit increase as a tactic to lower your utilization ratio, but tread carefully to avoid the temptation of higher spending. Notably, this strategy works best for those with a history of responsible credit use (Experian, 2019).

Become an Authorized User

A less conventional, yet effective, strategy is to become an authorized user on a trusted friend or family member’s credit card. This approach allows you to benefit from the primary user’s credit history on that account. Choose someone with a strong payment record and low credit utilization to maximize the positive impact on your credit score. This method can provide a significant boost, especially for those rebuilding credit or with limited credit history (Bankrate, 2021).

Patience and Persistence: Your Credit Repair Allies

Elevating your credit score is akin to a marathon, demanding patience, persistence, and disciplined financial behavior. Celebrate incremental improvements and keep your entrepreneurial goal in sight: securing the funding to launch your dream business.

By carefully implementing these strategies, you’re not just repairing your credit; you’re laying a solid financial foundation for your future business. Improving your credit score is only the first chapter in the success story of your dream business.


  • Federal Trade Commission. (2021). Free Credit Reports. Retrieved from https://www.ftc.gov/faq/consumer-protection/get-my-free-credit-report
  • Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. (2020). How to dispute an error on your credit report. Retrieved from https://www.consumerfinance.gov/about-us/blog/how-dispute-credit-report-error/
  • MyFICO. (2021). What are the different factors in my FICO® Scores? Retrieved from https://www.myfico.com/credit-education/whats-in-your-credit-score
  • Experian. (2023). Avalanche vs. Snowball: Which Debt Repayment Strategy Is Best? Retrieved from https://www.experian.com/blogs/ask-experian/avalanche-vs-snowball-which-repayment-strategy-is-best/
  • Experian. (2019). Can I Request a Credit Limit Increase with Bad Credit? Retrieved from https://www.experian.com/blogs/ask-experian/can-i-request-a-credit-limit-increase-with-bad-credit/
  • Bankrate. (2021). How being an authorized user can help build credit. Retrieved from https://www.bankrate.com/finance/credit-cards/becoming-an-authorized-user/

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