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You may be wondering what a DUNS number is and what it's used for. Here's what you need to know about it.
A D&B DUNS number is a nine-digit number that is recognized as the universal standard to track businesses worldwide. It is designed to enhance the credibility of your business and enable potential customers, lenders and suppliers to learn about your company. This number can be a major factor in business credit decisions.
It will come with an attached "Paydex" score, from 0 to 100. 75 and above is considered an excellent score. This score can be compared to a credit score, but for the business.
Once you have an account, you can check your score online. If you market that you are listed with D&B and have a great score, this could be the determining factor on whether you will attract that client's business.
Clients often ask us, "What can I do to financially strengthen my business?" When a business first gets started, it does not have good credit. It does not have bad credit either. So what can you do to add trust to your business that has no past credit history?
With competition in the business world comes the need to adapt, and set your company apart. Getting a DUNS number for your company may be the right move for you to accomplish this. Typically, a person would form a corporation or LLC first, and then apply for the number through the company. This is done so the number is connected to your company directly and not to your personal credit. Attaching it to your personal credit could possibly lower your score.
To apply for a DUNS number, you will need to provide the following:
D&B has been helping companies since 1837 years, and their database contains over 140 million business records. It offers many other services, such as sales and marketing solutions, internet tools and company research.
According to their website, "Dun & Bradstreet provides the only real business credit monitoring solution available to companies looking to monitor and impact their own business credit profile. Our leading credit monitoring products are used by hundreds of thousands of companies interested in helping protect their business reputation."
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