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Corporate credit is a line of credit granted to a corporation. A corporation is considered a separate and legal entity, and the corporation itself is responsible for paying back any money borrowed in its name.
1. Corporations enter into agreements to receive credit. The corporation itself is held legally responsible for paying back the money it owes. When the corporation receives goods or services on account, they must comply with the agreement they made with the supplier regarding payment.
2. Corporate credit is granted in several forms. Corporations can obtain corporate credit cards and corporate loans. Trade credit is yet another form of corporate credit. This is when a corporation purchases goods or services from another business and has the option of paying at a later date.
3. The purpose of corporate credit is to help corporations keep a positive cash flow. Businesses often take advantage of credit terms to use cash for other purposes, such as meeting payrolls or investing in assets.
Every business will require business credit at some point for unexpected expenses, expansion, or to cover a slow period. The needs of businesses for credit are as diverse as the businesses themselves,but the need for additional cash is universal. Traditionally, business owners without any credit in their business name would use their personal credit to meet the funding needs of their business. This is both risky and not necessary.
Corporate credit is business credit where the owners personal assets are not at risk. The business is it’s own entity,with it’s own credit. This means the business also has it’s own credit rating, completely separate fro the owners. If the business should fail, the business owner’s own credit rating and assets are not on the line. A business should have its own legal existence separate from it’s owner. This is typically done by establishing the business as an Limited Liability Corporation or a Corporation.
Securing credit for a business, especially if the owner has poor personal credit is not easy, but it is necessary. Fortunately, there are companies that specialize in helping businesses in establishing credit. It is worth the cost of obtaining their services as business credit is much harder to obtain than personal credit and much more complex. One wrong step, and the business could suffer for years without credit.