All our Authorized User trade lines are personal credit cards. While we cannot help build your business credit profile, building your personal credit first can be a huge help in obtaining business credit.
Also, keep in mind that business accounts typically only report to the business reporting agencies, Dunn & Bradstreet, Experian Business, and Equifax Business, and not to the personal credit reporting agencies (Experian, TransUnion, and Equifax), and therefore do not help your personal FICO® score.
What is My Real Credit Score?
How do I Get My Real Credit Score?
The short answer is: there's no such thing as a "real credit score", except for the one being used by the lender you want to borrow money from because there are literally hundreds of different versions of your credit score.
Now more than ever consumers are proactively monitoring their credit. Not only can you easily get a copy of your credit report on the internet, you can also view your credit score. Companies like Credit Karma, MyFICO.com and Experian.com make it easy to access that information so you can take the necessary steps to improve your score before making significant purchases, potentially saving you thousands. There's just one problem: many consumers are finding the score provided to them by companies like Credit Karma, Experian.com, and MyFICO.com may not be the same score their financial institution uses when they consider extending credit.
What Happens to My Credit Score if I Max Out My Credit Cards?
Is it Worse to Max Out Your Credit Cards or Pay Late?
A while back we were playing with a credit score simulator on CreditKarma.com and found some interesting things.
What Happens to My Credit Score if I Miss a Credit Card Payment?
First, we did a simulation of “if I were to pay EVERY account on my credit report late by 1 month” and the results are below:
Ouch…160 points lost in 1 single month. Honestly, not as bad as we were expecting. Don’t get me wrong, 160 points is a big drop, but we honestly expected to see worse results for being late on EVERY account on our credit report.
What Happens if I Max Out All My Credit Cards?
Now, we ran the simulator for a comparison to see what would happen if, instead of going late, we maxed out all our credit cards to 100% utilization....drum roll……
DOWN 271 POINTS!!!!!!!!! Obviously maxing out credit cards is far worse than paying late in terms of the negative results to your credit score. However, you must keep in mind that the late payments are going to negatively affect your credit score for several years, whereas the maxed-out cards, once paid down, will be like they never existed to the credit scoring model.
What Happens When you Carry a Balance on Your Credit Cards at Different Levels?
The reason for this experiment was really to see what maxing out cards can do to a score.
We decided to see what effect the utilization ratio has on the credit score at 10% intervals. We did 90%, 80, 70… all the way to 5% and the results are VERY interesting! Take a look:
90% = down 235 points… going from 100% to 90% increased the score 36 points:
80% = down 167 points…dropping it down to just 80% was 104 points difference versus 100% utilization:
70% = down 163 points…4 point gain
60% = down 160 points…3 point gain
50% = down 152 points…8 point gain
40% = down 93 points…turns out that dropping below 50% is a real big turning point.
30% = down 82 points
20% = down 69 points
10% = down 32 points
5% = down 7 points
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Primary or Authorized User Tradelines?
Years ago, several online companies advertised the ability to add “Seasoned Primary Tradelines” to your credit report. These tradelines could look better on your credit report to a mortgage underwriter than a “Seasoned Authorized User Tradeline”. Since the account would appear in a credit report as being individually managed by the borrower (Primary), and because it showed several years of credit history (Seasoned), it had the potential to boost the credit score AND trick underwriters into believing it belonged to the applicant. As you can imagine, the "Seasoned Primary Tradeline" practice appeared to be fraudulent to many in the law enforcement community. Several businesses advertising that service were quickly sought out and shut down.
Bear in mind that, as opposed to a “Seasoned Primary Tradeline”, a “New Primary Tradeline” (a new credit card account, for example) will most likely cause a drop in your credit score. Your score will typically recover, once the New Primary Tradeline has aged for a couple years.
For these reasons, BoostMyScore does not assist clients with adding "Seasoned PrimaryTradelines" to their credit report. We also do not assist our clients in applying for "New PrimaryTradelines."
To be clear, BoostMyScore specializes in the addition of “Seasoned Authorized User Tradelines,” which continue to deliver an astonishing boost to your credit report, just as they always have.
BoostMyScore is not affiliated with or endorsed by any bank, financial institution, or credit card company. Any reference herein to a particular bank, financial institution, or credit card is not intended and shall not be construed to imply any endorsement, sponsorship, association, approval, or affiliation.