IF you are attempting to build your credit there are many strategies we can look at to help you get started. If you have no credit, bad credit or good credit, building credit is important since regardless of your situation, you do not want to go down.
Strategies for Building Credit
If you do not have any credit at all, you will need to start somewhere. One strategy for building credit is to apply for a credit card or a personal loan and ask your family members or friends to co-sign the application. Once you have opened an account, make sure you meet all monthly obligations, since if you miss any payments at all your co-signer is responsible.
If you do not have a credit history, you might want to opt for credit cards issued by gas stations, or else open an account with a department store. These cards are relatively easy to get hold of, and it helps you to build credit. After you established some line of credit, make your payments faithfully and after about six months you will be entitled to more credit. It is not recommended, but if you have a personal loan and still paying after six months, you might want to take out a loan to repay this loan and start payment on the other loan.
I recommend this since it can free the co-signer from responsibility. Never take out more than you need when applying for a loan and always check the interest rates and upfront fees to avoid overpaying.
Bad Credit Strategy
If you have bad credit and want to restore or build your credit, you must first start by sending for copies of your credit reports. The reports are free once per year and can be obtained by TransUnion, Equifax and Experian. After you have reviewed your reports make sure no activities are listed against you that is not your own.
If you notice, any actions on your report immediately write the three bureaus and ask for an investigation. Once you have disputed your report, the next step is knocking down each account until your credit is clear. If you are struggling with money, you might want to knock out the secured debts first and then work through the unsecured debts.
It may take some time but you will see results after your debts are paid in full. A great strategy for those of us in debt is to save money each month and apply it to our dues. If you are spending money, for entertainment give it up for now and get out of debt. Many things in life are free of charge and often fun and exciting.
Remember when you make sacrifices something rewarding always returns. Another helpful strategy is pulling out all your resources. If you have skills, you might want to open a small business and use those skills to the fullest. You will make money and build your credit. Killing many birds with one stone is the saying that works best when you learn what it means.
It is also wise to cut back on expenses when you owe are your credit is bad. If you are spending money you do not have, it is only sending you backwards. There are many strategies for getting back on your feet again. One great strategy is to avoid missing car payments.
Good Credit Scores
Finally, if you have a good credit score you want to strategize to maintain this score or else elevate the score. If your credit is good, you want to continue the budget that is obviously working and work toward increasing your income to make sure you meet all payments each month. The last thing you need to do is apply for additional lines of credit if you already have credit established.
Payoff what you owe now and buy what you want later. One of the biggest mistakes many of us make is taking for granted our situation. If we have a lot of money and a great line of credit, we often go on spending binges. This is ludicrous and is a defected strategy that buries us in quicksand.