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how does my llc work is it the best choice for my business are my personal assets protected can i guarantee to keep that protection at obsidian bear we are the business credit experts and these are the questions that we will briefly discuss during this video llc is an acronym that stands for limited liability company not all small business owners understand what an llc is how it works or even why they got one in the first place some do their homework and research and decide it's right for their business while others get one because their cousins brothers girlfriends college roommates sisters neighbor told them to either way an llc is a great choice for your small business and this video is going to explain why now the easiest way to visualize what an llc is would be to imagine there's a brick wall separating your business life from your personal life on one side of the wall is your company and all of its assets and on the other side is everything you have accumulated personally your home your cars savings accounts 401ks and stocks and bonds spouse's income toys rental properties and even jewelry now the legal name for that wall and that separation is called the corporate veil and why is that separation so critical well if there was an accident or someone gets hurt and you were to be sued then the only thing exposed is your business and its assets everything on the other side of that wall is protected all of your personal belongings are safe as long as that llc is not broken now this wall is very strong it's so strong there's only one person in the world that can break it you the business owner now the llc's protections those can be broken by mixing business and personal credit and money in order to keep that wall intact business owners must keep their business and personal funds separate the legal term for mixing business and personal credit and funds together is called co-mingling or to co-mingle so if co-mingling is so bad and can break my lse's protections what can i do how can i start a new business how can i grow my current business and how can i take my business to the next level is the answer to avoid commingling and breaking your llc's protections well it's business credits business credit is independent and separate from personal fico based credits it does not matter if your personal credit score is high or low business credit allows you allows your company to fund itself without using personal money or credit business credit allows you to leverage growth for your company without co-mingling please visit our website to learn more or call to schedule a free consultation
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- Gema Kellam, Staff Member
it comes to building business credit and when it comes to obtaining business funding there's a lot of information out there that i don't necessarily want to say that it's incorrect but i think that maybe the way that it's put together in the pieces could be out of order so in this video i am going to be breaking down three different things that you need to look at apart from just having your llc here's why an llc is the legal formation of the business and again you can even use this for an s corp you can use it for a c corp uh brought forth but for the purpose of the video we are going to be using an llc because this is one of the more common ones that i see and you've probably seen it too think of a time where you were watching a video either on youtube tick tock instagram facebook wherever it was and someone posted that all you need to do is get yourself an llc and you can obtain business funding while there is some truth to that there are some steps that you want to take and there are some really some metrics that you want to pay attention to and so the first one that i really want you to again take a look at is even though the business formation or the business entity is set up through the llc how you set up your business is also going to be as important of you just opening up again llc through your state or through some third-party servicer that you're using like a legal zoom or even a zen business right this is an important piece to this entire puzzle especially if you are in a certain industry that's possibly more restricted than other industries we've made other videos talking about restricted industries we've made other videos kind of sidestepping how you can approach these banks and these lenders so that even though you're still doing the same line of work you're not necessarily shooting yourself in the foot when you are applying for business funding and you're going after business credit and you're building up your business credit profiles so the way that you structure your business is going to be an important piece to this because the way that you structure your business is how the lenders and it's how the banks or even the credit unions are going to judge your file because what a lot of people end up confusing and this goes for both new business owners and existing business owners is they think that just because they had a buddy or they had a let's say uh a colleague that they were able to get forty five fifty thousand dollars worth of a line of credit the automatic they automatically assume that let me do the same thing that they did and that's going to yield me the same results which is the second thing that we want to take a look at who are you forming a relationship with i can tell you that there's certain credit unions that are going to favor businesses that are maybe in the logistics space more heavily than maybe there may be someone that's more in the financial space let's say if you are a stock trader or you teach stocks or let's say that you have a credit repair business or um let's even take it a step further let's say that you have a logistics company but you also have another business and the other business that you have is maybe an e-com store we know for a fact that when it comes to e-com you'll go from three possibly 400 lenders down to potentially five or six lenders because that line of work is much more what we can call cash intensive versus maybe a consulting type of business so the bank the lender that you decide to let's say form a relationship with is going to play again another key piece into how much funding you can get but i want to take that a step further because often times and again it goes back to kind of like the information that we get which is why i really want to debunk this in this video it's not just about opening up a checking account at a bank you want to take that a step further if you really want to maximize the amount of funding that you get you want to get to know who the bankers are you want to get to know who's in charge of the small business division maybe in that area this is why just applying for big banks like your chases your wells fargo your bank of america yes you can pull some funding from them but you also want to pay attention to your regional banks and to your credit unions which is why we talk about them so much here on this channel who is let's say the the branch manager who is the small business division manager who's in charge of lending for let's say small businesses who's in charge of the lending or who does the underwriting for maybe the line of work that you do you want to find these things out because all of these are data points that you're not just going to get if you were to just search online which is why i always recommend take a weekend do your homework visit two or three credit unions get to know the brand see what they have to offer and see if that's someone that you want to even open up a business checking with and then the final piece of this is let's say once you've decided to open up your business checking once you've decided to establish your llc once you've shown them your ein your articles of organization your bylaws you've pretty much done the whole shebang right before you apply for funding you want to pay attention to your bank rating now they won't necessarily give you this but i'll give you the inside scoop on this a bank rating is formed whenever you deposit uh funds into that account and so the way that it works it goes from a three all the way to a 10 but for the purpose of the video you just need to focus between a three to a five you want to get out of the three zone as fast as possible if you are in the three zone this means that you have less than a thousand dollars sitting in that checking account so what you want to do if you really want to season that account you want to let this money sit in there for at least 90 i say 61 to 90 days right you want to let it sit there for 61 to 90 days inside of that business checking account nothing less than 5 000 but if you're a bit tired of money you can get away with 2 500 it's only going to put you in the low 4 range if you want to start creeping into that low to mid 5 range you want to be well over 10 000 in your checking account and then don't forget you want to have that money moving which is something that a lot of people and business owners forget to do and i think that this happens because we start thinking okay let me start applying for every single credit card that i can get let me start going after every credit union that i see rather than thinking strategically about this and thinking to yourself which credit union do i have the best odds with in order for me to maximize the funding and so rather than going after 50 credit unions let's maybe open up relationships with three or four that way we can use our resources to our advantage and we can become more resourceful with what we have if you found value in this video and if this is something that you want to learn more about this is something that we teach inside of the inside inner circle where we coach business owners and entre
Thanks Elna your participation is very much appreciated
- Gema Kellam
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