Building Your Credit History
Today, credit is an indispensable part of our lives. In order to get the things you need, such as a home or a car, you have to apply for a credit. But you cannot get a credit without having a credit history, and you cannot get a good quality credit without having a good credit history. So, it is important to start building your credit history when you're young.
When applying for a credit, if you don't have a credit history, it is possible your credit application to be denied. This means you definitely need to start building a credit history. There are different ways to start a credit history. If you're a student, you can get a student card from the companies that offer such special cards. On this credit card you can charge your necessities and at the same time build your own credit history.
When you're a young adult and you have always used checks or paid cash for your purchases you'll soon realize that you cannot apply for a credit as you don't have a credit history. A secured credit card can really help you. These secured credit cards are considered a first step for those with no credit history. For obtaining a secured credit card a deposit is required and the spending limit is equal to the amount of the deposit. To make sure you're building a good credit history with this first credit card, be careful not to go over the limit and pay your bills on time. After some time, depending on each company, you can apply for an unsecured credit card but only if you have a good credit history.
There are also other more simple ways of starting a credit history. One easy solution is to open a savings or checking account that will definitely show how you are able to manage your money. Or if you have a cellular phone or a pager and pay your bills on time every month, you can demonstrate that you're capable to control your money wisely. Another way is to consider applying for a card offered by gasoline companies or retail stores. This type of card has a low credit limit and can be paid off each month.
All above methods are just first steps in building a credit history. The next steps are also important because they will greatly influence the history you have started building. Every time you pay or not pay a bill on time your credit history registers it. Having a good credit history shows that you are a person that treats debts responsibly and you're likely to pay back the money that you want to borrow. To gain the confidence of the credit companies they have to see on your credit history that you treat with responsibility every bill. So make sure to pay the total minimum due on every one of your bills and do an effort to pay them by the statement due date so that they arrive on time. Also do you best to pay at least the minimum, if not the entire, balance each month. Try to never skip payments; it doesn't look good on your credit history.
If you ever feel that your debts are getting out of control, immediately seek help from a financial counselor. He will be able to evaluate the entire situation better than you can and he can find the best solution that will get you out of that massy situation. A financial counselor will also advise you to annually check your credit report for any errors that may appear. Then, if any errors are present, correct them immediately.
It is not difficult to start building a credit history; it just takes time and a lot of patience from your side. Yet, we have to admit that the difficult part is to build a good credit history for which you must be able to demonstrate that you can wisely manage your money. Keep in mind that a good credit history will only bring you benefits.