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Top 7 Ways to Separate Your Personal and Business Credit

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June 8, 2023


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How to Separate Your Personal and Business Credit

It is a responsible question to ask: how can you separate your personal and business credit? It is particularly important when you are a sole proprietor, or you’re just getting started, or both.

So here is a countdown of the top seven ways to separate your business and personal credit and keep everything from becoming commingled (and make the IRS happy while doing so!).

Separate Your Personal and Business Credit: Number 7 – Start a Business Checking Account and other Bank Accounts

Nothing says commingling like paying your business expenses with My Little Pony checks. So don’t!

Instead, talk to your local bank about getting a business checking account. It will take, maybe, a half an hour. Not only will your financials be better organized, you will also be able to see just where your money goes. As for your own funds, pay yourself (you do pay yourself, right?) and then deposit those funds into your personal account. Then treat it like a salary from any other company.

Use this account for all of your business-related transactions. Plus a business checking account lets your business use employee payments as tax deductions from income. And it also lets you show personal income for necessaries such as loans, credit, and taxes. Business lenders will want to see these bank statements to really see how you’re doing.

Discover our Get Business Credit guide, with everything you need to know about building credit for your business.

Separate Your Personal and Business Credit: Number 6 – Use Business Credit to Finance Your Business, and Not Your Own Credit Accounts

Lots of suppliers and lenders like to extend lines of credit to businesses. This can help you finance purchases and conserve cash. So get your financing from sources such as business credit cards, bank lines of credit, vendor lines of credit, and even equipment leasing.

This helps your company build a business credit history. And, just like for your personal credit history, always pay on time. The business credit bureaus will add your positive payment history to a credit file dedicated just to your company. In addition, you might be able to deduct interest from business credit cards. When you apply for a business card, make sure to verify that the card provider reports to business credit bureaus and not to personal ones. This also helps assure your personal credit doesn’t suffer when your company hits lean times.

Also open credit lines with vendors and suppliers, e. g. trade credit. This can give you extra time (net 15, 30, or 60 days) to pay for supplies and services.

Separate Your Personal and Business Credit: Number 5 – Apply for Appropriate Bills Through your Business

These include everything from Wi-Fi in your business’s name to a cell phone for your business where your business gets the bill and you don’t. Your business could pay a phone provider or even the oil or gas bill, if appropriate. As with credit cards and trade credit, your company will see its business credit scores rise by paying the bills on time.

Separate Your Personal and Business Credit: Number 4 – Start and Maintain Your Company’s Presence on the Internet

This goes beyond a business website (although that is a good start). It also means paying for hosting through your company for its own site, a part of #5. It means moving your personal site off the company’s server and hosting account. Stop using Gmail or the like and get dedicated email.

Start social media accounts for your company, and don’t forget to lock down alternate spellings, if appropriate (for example, if your company has the number 5 in its name, then lock down both 5 and Five plus the remainder of the company name). Make sure to also grab domains for your business name plus stinks (and stronger language); if you need them, you’ll be very glad you took this step early if your company is ever in crisis.

Social media presence is key, but different companies work best with different platforms. However, no matter what, your company needs to be on Facebook, which has become the informational directory on the internet.  As for other platforms, consider your customer base. If you sell children’s clothing, your customers aren’t just kids; they’re also their parents and grandparents, so grow your social media presence accordingly.

Discover our Get Business Credit guide, with everything you need to know about building credit for your business.

Separate Your Personal and Business Credit: Number 3 – Work with the Internal Revenue Service

Visit the IRS website and obtain an EIN for the company. They’re totally free. Choose a business entity like corporation, LLC, etc.

A business can get started as a sole proprietor. But they will probably wish to change to a variety of corporation or an LLC.

This is in order to reduce risk. And it will take full advantage of tax benefits.

A business entity will matter when it involves taxes and liability in case of a lawsuit. A sole proprietorship means the entrepreneur is it when it comes to liability and taxes. No one else is responsible.

Separate Your Personal and Business Credit: Number 2 – Monitor Your Business Credit Regularly

Know what is happening with your credit. Make certain it is being reported and fix any mistakes as soon as possible. Get in the practice of taking a look at credit reports. Dig into the specifics, not just the scores.

We can help you monitor business credit at Experian, Equifax, and D&B for considerably less than it would cost you at the CRAs.

Update Your Information

Update the data if there are mistakes or the information is incomplete.

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So, what’s all this monitoring for? It’s to contest any mistakes in your records. Errors in your credit report(s) can be fixed.


Disputing credit report mistakes usually means you specifically detail any charges you challenge.

Separate Your Personal and Business Credit: Number 1 – Make Your Business as a Separate Legal Entity Via Incorporation

Meet with your tax advisor or financial planner to determine which legal entity (sole proprietor, LLC or S-Corp) best fits your business and financial situation. Incorporation will help protect your personal assets in the event of a lawsuit, too.

Once your corporation or LLC is registered on the Secretary of State’s website, you can get a Business Federal Tax ID Number, so you can open your business’s bank account (remember #7?).

You can’t go wrong with untangling your finances. So separate your personal and business credit today.

Bonus Way to Separate Your Personal and Business Credit: Build Company Fundability

A company must be fundable to credit issuers and merchants.

That’s why, a small business will need a professional-looking website and email address. And it needs to have website hosting bought from a vendor like GoDaddy.

Additionally, the business telephone number should be toll-free (800 exchange or comparable).

A company will also need a bank account devoted solely to it, and it must have every one of the licenses essential for running.


These licenses all must be in the accurate, appropriate name of the small business. And they must have the same business address and telephone numbers.

So bear in mind, that this means not just state licenses, but potentially also city licenses.

Discover our Get Business Credit guide, with everything you need to know about building credit for your business.

A Word about What Happens when You Separate Your Personal and Business Credit

Always use credit smartly! Never borrow more than what you can pay back. Keep an eye on balances and deadlines for payments. Paying on time and fully will do more to increase business credit scores than almost anything else.

Establishing business credit pays. Excellent business credit scores help a business get loans. Your loan provider knows the company can pay its debts. They understand the business is authentic.

The small business’s EIN links to high scores and lenders won’t feel the need to require a personal guarantee.

About the author 

Janet Gershen-Siegel

Janet Gershen-Siegel is the seasoned Finance Writer and a former content manager at Credit Suite. She has been admitted to practice law for over 30 years, with a focus on litigation and product liability, and is a published author, with writing credits at Entrepreneur, FedSmith.com and BusinessingMag.com.

She has a BA in Philosophy from Boston University, a JD from the Delaware Law School of Widener University, and a MS in Interactive Media (Social Media) from Quinnipiac University.

She regularly writes for Credit Suite, which helps businesses improve Fundability™, build credit, and get approved for loans and credit lines.

Her specialties: business credit, business credit cards, business funding, crowdfunding, and law

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