How to Fix Your Credit Score and Maintain Good Credit

One of the most frustrating things is seeing people get out of debt but then get right back into it. Sometimes we know what’s bad for us, but we do it anyway. Next thing you know, you’ve got collectors calling at all hours. How can you fix your credit score and maintain that healthy credit … Continue reading “How to Fix Your Credit Score and Maintain Good Credit”

One of the most frustrating things is seeing people get out of debt but then get right back into it. Sometimes we know what’s bad for us, but we do it anyway. Next thing you know, you’ve got collectors calling at all hours.

How can you fix your credit score and maintain that healthy credit rating long into the future? It’s not rocket science, but it can sometimes seem that way. So let’s break it down.

Here are some things you can do to keep that credit score healthy and to stay out of debt:

• Payments: Always pay your monthly bills on time. One of the biggest reasons people slip back into debt and bad credit is because they miss one payment and then feel like they can miss another. This is not a good strategy for having a healthy credit history.

• Stay Current on Your Payments: Missing a payment happens. Maybe you had some time off from work; perhaps a family emergency came up. Now you don’t have the money and you miss a payment, but the next month you get back on track. The important thing is to get back on track and to stay there.

• Pay on Time: Are you paying your bills, but you’re paying them late? Many times your credit score will be damaged beyond belief simply because you refused to pay on time. Consider paying your bills with your first paycheck after they come, not before they’re due. Just a few late payments can destroy all the hard work you do to get that healthy credit score.

• Collections: Whatever you do, do not let a collection agency get its hooks into you again. A bad debt that is sent over to the collection agency will stay on your credit report for 7 years! That means for 7 long years you’ll have bad luck when it comes to loans, and you’ll always pay more than the other guy. Don’t let this happen – pay your bills on time!

• Communication: Are you having a tough time staying above water? When you know a bill isn’t going to be paid, calling or sending an email to the company or creditor is always a good idea. And if you’re in debt now, contacting the creditor directly is a lot better than having a collection agency sent out after you.

• Survey your credit reports for precision: It’s extreme enough paying for your own errors; you don’t have to be punished for somebody else’s. Verify that your credit reports precisely reflect your obligations and the installment history.

• Set up installment updates on your bills: Paying on time, additionally called your payment history, means 35% of your credit score.

• Quit utilizing your credit cards as much: This is an alternate method for saying to live inside your methods. While you get your credit card obligation under control, it’s a great thought to depend predominantly on great, hard trade in for the money request to pay off some of your obligations. Get a protected credit card if you have to develop your credit history. Secured credit cards work sort of like check cards.

Secrets of Bonding 96: Bullies, Banks and Bonding Companies

Growing up I was a tall kid, one of the tallest in my class. I was taught “not to fight,” so sometimes I became a target for (shorter) tough kids who wanted to push around the big guy.

Now that we’re all grown up, I’m glad to say that’s all behind us… or is it?

Let’s look at the case of construction companies. If you are a contractor, you may feel bullied sometimes, by VENDORS who purport to serve you. One of them could be your banker.

Banking Relations for Construction Companies

Working capital is an important financial resource for contractors, especially when starting up a new project. They may have to work for forty five days or more, paying out of pocket for labor and materials before they receive their first money under the contract. Bank credit can be a perfect solution for this.

The new contract is an asset for the company, and the bank can rely on this when lending money. But what happens when the contractor brings the bank a bonded project? They will refuse to lend against that job! Their position is that the rights of the surety conflict with their own.

Bonding Relations for Construction Companies

More bullies: Now let’s look at the surety side. When applying for bonding support, the underwriters ALWAYS ask about banking relations:

  • “Do you have a working capital line?”
  • “How much of it is currently available?”
  • “How is it secured?”
  • “If you do not have a bank line we want you to apply for one. It can help you get through a problem and prevent a bond claim.”
  • “The bank line can help you finance the start of additional projects without depleting your cash position.”
  • “If you are approved by the bank, it helps assure us that you also deserve bonding credit.”

Feel bullied? You should!

The reality is that construction companies may need both bank and surety support. In order to pursue public work (municipal, state, and federal contracts), surety bonds are mandatory.

The bonding company wants you to have a bank, but the bank doesn’t want to support bonded projects. You can’t win!

Improve Your Credit Before Getting a Mortgage

One of the best ways to improve your chances of getting a home loan is to improve your credit score. It is because better credit scores may give you access to better interest rates and more beneficial home loan products.

Here is a list of some quick tips to help you get the best possible credit score. While there is no guarantee that all of these options will immediately boost your credit score, they may help you establish habits that will strengthen your credit score.

Show you can pay your bills on time, every time

Lenders/credit providers will want to see that you can repay a home loan on time. So, here is a list of bills that you should pay on time, every time:

>> Your credit cards;

>> Your rent;

>> Your medical and utility bills; and

>> Any other service that may use a collection agency for the recovery of delinquent accounts.

If you miss a payment date by a few days, call the service provider immediately to make the payment, and don’t be afraid to ask the provider for a one-time forgiveness.

Check your Credit Rating

You should regularly check your credit report with a credit reporting agency (such as Veda Advantage and Dunn and Bradstreet), as it will:

>> Give you an idea if you have any defaults or negative repayments history recorded in your report;

>> Give you time to get the credit report corrected before a lender/credit adviser accesses your report; and

>> Enable you to verify your credit score with a credit reporting agency.

Note: You should be aware that due to the changes in the Privacy Act in March 2014, lenders/credit providers have the ability to access your credit reports and can see the past 24 months of your repayment history.

Maintain your Available Credit

Before applying for a home loan don’t open any other credit cards or lines of credit. It is because lenders/credit providers will see you as being a risk if you suddenly take out loans for cars, electronics, furniture, etc.

Also, refrain from closing your credit cards or other lines of credit. Instead, consider paying off your balances as a lower debt will improve your debt-to-credit ratio.

This is best illustrated by the following example:

Having a total debt of $4,000 with a $20,000 available credit will look better than having just $500 in debt with $800 available credit.

Establish a Savings History

If you are borrowing more than 80 percent of the purchase price of the property, you will be required to meet the “genuine savings” requirements of lenders/credit providers. Your savings will need to add up to around 5 percent of the purchase price of the property.

For example, on a purchase price of $700,000, you will need to have savings that add up to $35,000.

Note: Saving a larger deposit should help to reduce or avoid paying “Lenders Mortgage Insurance” (LMI) and you may even be offered a more competitive interest rate by the lender/credit provider.

Avoid applying with too many Lenders/Credit Providers

Avoid submitting your home loan applications to several different lenders/credit providers at once. It is because these loan applications will appear on your credit report. You should only submit your home loan application:

>> After you have compared lenders/credit providers; and

>> After you have decided to go with a particular lender/credit provider.

Your Employment Stability

If you have had the same job for several years, then this is a big tick. So, prior to applying for a home loan, Try to establish a stable employment history as it will enable you to make regular loan repayments.

If you have changed your job recently, do not worry. You may satisfy the requirements of lenders/credit providers, if:

>> You have been in a similar role; and

>> You have been in the same industry.

Disclose all Information

Lenders/ credit providers may think that you have other debts that have not been disclosed. So, always be upfront and disclose all information as non-disclosure of relevant information may result in your home loan application being declined.

Seek Expert and Professional Advice

All these tips should help you to improve your credit score. However, you should speak to a professionally qualified and expert finance broker who can help you to create a personalised credit improvement plan. Establishing this relationship with a finance broker will help you to determine which potential lender/credit provider best meets your needs.

All the Best!

Questions to Ask a Freight Factoring Company

Thinking of partnering with a freight factoring company? A positive cash flow can have a huge impact on your business. Not only will you be able to take on more clients and larger deals, but you will also be able to ensure that driver payments, payroll, fuel and all your other expenses are always paid on time.

If you’ve already decided you are going to partner with one of the freight factoring companies in your area, then you need to start researching the various companies to determine who will provide the best service to you. Here are a few questions to ask to make sure you get a value for money service:

What happens if my clients don’t pay?

This is an important question because it can put you in a difficult position if you have to pay for outstanding bills from clients. Find out if the factoring company handles debt disputes and what their normal procedures are when trying to claim back money from clients.

Do I get to choose which invoices I factor?

In some cases, you might have weekly loads which you bill and your clients pay each week. In this case, you might not necessarily need a factoring company to factor the invoices for you. You might only need factoring services for larger loads which only get paid after 30, 60 or 90 days. Find out if the factoring company will allow you to decide which invoices you want to factor or if you have to hand over your entire client book.

What kind of extra services do you offer (and what do I have to pay for?)

Factoring and bank loans are very different in a number of ways, but one of the most prominent differences is the fact that banks research businesses to determine whether they are creditworthy, while a factoring company will research your clients to determine whether they are creditworthy or not. Freight factoring companies will either do a credit check on your clients to ensure they are capable of paying the invoices, or they will give you a list of pre-approved clients which meet their credit requirements. Find out what process they use to determine whether clients are creditworthy and whether you will have to pay extra for this vetting process.

What percentage of the invoice will you advance?

Many times, a freight factoring company will advance a certain percentage of the invoice (such as 80%, 90% or even 100%) and the rest of the amount only gets paid once the client has paid the outstanding invoice in full and their service fee has been deducted. Make sure you know what percentage gets paid to you in advance.

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Matt Lloyd and MyTopTierBusiness

Matt Lloyd is the “master mind” behind the MOBE (My Online Business Empire), IM Revolution and several other online offers.

Of course, all the “reviews” of the product are Affiliates trying to sell it.

I’m not, so I will give you an honest opinion.

Matt Lloyd, unlike most of the “gurus” out there, has had some success online and claims to make hundreds of thousands a MONTH with his methods and also promises to “reveal” these methods to you, but for a HEFTY price.

Matt Lloyd does have some good information and a lot of it, of course depending on what level you choose to participate. His “My Online Business Empire” program ranges from around $500 all the way up to $20,000!

Now, I have been doing online marketing for about 15 years, full time, and I have seen HUNDREDS of programs online that make the same type of promises, most of which are hogwash, and they all seem to be centered around affiliate marketing.

Obviously, you have to sell something and most folks don’t have a product laying around that they want to sell, so… as far as M.O.B.E is concerned, the course itself is what you will be selling.

That means that YOU will be out there competing with others who have forked over, perhaps $20 Grand, and who are willing to spend a lot to make that back.

In terms of information, again, depending on the level you join, there is so MUCH that it will take you a LONG time to go through it, much less implement it.

Matt Lloyd’s program is based on the “funded proposal” which has made some people a lot of money, will it for you? MAYBE, if you have the money and the time to spend doing it. He shows you A LOT of things that you will be buying, lesson after lesson, which will take you TONS of time, so this isn’t making money in a couple of days. That is not to say that you will never make money if you put in the WORK.

Jonathan Budd, a guy that upsells, upsells, upsells, endorses this and Matt is supposed to be one of his top students, so guess what? Matt Lloyd will do the same.

This introductory video is VERY long and is trying hard to convince you. THAT is a sign of more expenditures to come. Will you get a lot of good information, which if you could REALLY implement it you might make some money? Yes. However, know this: There are thousands and thousands and thousands of people trying to make money with Jonathan Budd’s methods, some do, the majority do not.

I am not a member of M.O.B.E., but a VERY good friend of mine is and he is also a very experienced, hard working marketer and he has made a little money with it, but honestly, nothing close to what he spent.