Today you can have a million dollar corporation without spending a penny on start up. The answer to the million dollar question is credit. Having a substantial amount of business credit allows for you to buy inventory without having up front capital. Companies offer different types of credit terms as well such as net 10, 15, 30, 45, 60 and 90 then you also have lines of credit which in most cases requires for the business to have previously established credit which isn’t hard. And the beauty behind this is that you can have as many companies as you like operating solely off of credit. Over the years I have developed a 5 step process to help establish business credit.
First get an EIN (employment identification number) which doesn’t cost anything if you were to go directly through the IRS. And if you were to utilize the EIN portal on the IRS website you will be able to get the number the same day. As long as you apply before 10pm and you only can apply for one a day per social security number. Which is only used for Identifying purposes.
Second contact your local state administrative corporation department. Which usually will require a fee to set up a LLC which stands for limited liability company. LLC’s still act as a individual sole proprietorship but it gives you the same power and capabilities of a corporation.
Third after you have your LLC paperwork which usually takes about 5 days to populate within the states database. And the EIN information from the IRS to your local bank and set up a business bank account. Which you will want to be a centralized location for all of your transactions. You want to start utilizing this account as much as possible to establish a history.
Fourth you want to establish a free Duns and Bradstreet account. Duns and Bradstreet will try to sell you their services. Simply decline their offers and stick with the free services.
Fifth you want to set up Net 30 accounts with multiple companies at least five. And you want to keep these active for at least 3 months. After 3 months then apply for revolving credit accounts with gas companies. Never use more than 30% of any of the revolving credit accounts and only pay the minimum for the next 6 months. This will help establish substantial history for vendors and it will also allow for you to utilize these creditors as references. Which is required for a lot of creditors. And this will give you access to substantial inventory without an initial investment.