The best way for a beginner to build credit is to get a credit card in their name and use it responsibly. All major credit cards report account information to the credit bureaus each month, allowing you to build credit history. As long as the information shows on-time payments and reasonable credit utilization, that credit history will be positive and you’ll be on your way to building a good credit score.
Another way for a beginner to build credit is by becoming an authorized user on someone else’s account. In fact, if you are under 18 years old, this is the only way to get access to a credit card. Once a authorized user is added to a credit card account, the issuer will begin relaying account information to the major credit bureaus on a monthly basis under the authorized user’s name. As long as the account is managed well, the authorized user’s credit report should reflect positive information.
How to Build Credit Without a Credit Card
You can also build credit without a credit card. For example, you could get a loan. Most types of loans report account information to the major credit bureaus on a monthly basis, allowing you to build credit if you pay your bill on time.
Using a credit card responsibly is the best way to build credit. But no matter which credit-building method you choose, your credit will only improve if you borrow responsibly. And above all else, that means always paying your bills on time.
The easiest unsecured credit cards to get generally work best for minor emergencies. You will only receive a small amount of spending power, after all.… read full answer
Unsecured credit cards for people with bad credit also tend to be very expensive, charging lots of fees and high interest rates. So, if you don’t need a small emergency loan, the best course of action is to improve your credit inexpensively with a secured card. Secured cards are cheaper than unsecured cards, build credit just as effectively, and offer the closest thing you’ll find to guaranteed approval.
It usually takes a few years to truly establish excellent credit. But it’s possible to get there much quicker, even in a matter of months, if only temporarily. The exact timeframe depends on your starting point and how responsibly you manage your finances. For example, someone with no prior credit history who gets a credit card and makes on-time payments every month will reach excellent credit much faster than someone with severely damaged credit who regularly pays late.… read full answer
It’s also worth noting that having an excellent credit score isn’t always enough to get an excellent-credit credit card. Your income and debt obligations play a big role, too. For one thing, you have to demonstrate the ability to make payments on a card with a fairly high spending limit.
You can see where your credit stands at the moment, get personalized advice for how to improve it as quickly as possible, and track your progress from day to day by signing up for a free WalletHub account. You can also learn more about credit improvement and how long it typically takes from this WalletHub guide.
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