By Amber Hayden
MBA, Financial Business Research Specialist.
Starting a credit business is easy and a lot simpler than you think. However, if you follow social media, there are so many sources and information that makes selecting the right training extremely difficult. You will learn how to start a credit repair business if you keep reading.
When searching online “how to start a credit business or credit repair training” the results will usually show credit repair software companies. They out spend everyone just to be on the first page of every medium. However, taking their advice is the most expensive approach to starting a credit repair business.
If you take out the time to read this post, you can learn the steps to starting a credit repair business. I will explain the process and the best approach to getting started right from home and save you a lot of headaches and money.
First, you don’t need a degree or a special license to be a credit repair specialist. However, it is very important to be a member of a non-profit credit repair trade association that ensures high standards and police the industry as suggested by the CFPB and FTC. They have charged this industry to police themselves. There are two great non-profit associations that supports credit repair industry standards: Credit Consultants Association (CCA) and National Association of Credit Services Organizations (NACSO).
CCA is the oldest and largest with a very affordable annual fee and actually takes complaints from consumers, certify individuals, not companies and go undercover to weed out bad credit repair companies. NACSO makes sure companies are in compliance, has monthly fees and works with a Washington lobbyist to help the industry. Some firms are members of both. I only recommend that you get your certification and initial credit repair training from a non-profit organization.
Starting A Credit Repair Business can be extremely lucrative; especially since all of the issues facing the credit bureaus as of late. It also has a very low start up cost if you are SMART and do your research. DO NOT be persuaded by these FREE TRAINING listing, because nothing is free unless by a non-profit company. The FREE will attract you, as in most cases, ends up costing you money. In this case it will cost you $150-$250 per month just to start. Also watch out for some of these YouTube videos and personalities on social media that talks about making lots of money in the credit repair business. You will be wasting your money getting started with them because of the cost. There is a source that will include that same information FREE in their materials. These sources will have you spending $500-$1500 just for their training or to purchase their software. YOU DO NOT NEED TO DO THIS TO START and be successful!
All you need is a smart phone, a computer with internet access, an email account a word processor program AND thorough basic training first. Thorough credit repair training is the key and can cost under $80 at the right source. You can seek a mentor after your initial training. The smart phone is helpful to place reminders for the letters you have written in behalf of your clients. To grow, you will eventually need a website BUT not to start. You can have a FREE FaceBook page instead and it will work for a long time. If you want some low cost automation of your letters writing, there is a credit letters solution I will share later that is amazing and as low as $9.95 per month that will save lots of time in this process. It is also an easier way to track clients and to be reminded of letters.
So many believe that they need a full credit repair software program to start and manage their credit repair business. This is NOT true. However, you can purchase this much later when you have successfully helped enough clients after your initial, thorough basic training to afford the software program. Why should you wait? Higher Startup cost and monthly expenses.
Most of the training you see online and in social media are from credit repair software companies or individual personalities. Their training it geared towards marketing and branding and NOT about the thorough training you need to be an effective credit consultant. Selling is a must and extremely important, but someone has to do effective work for the client. These individuals and companies are simply steering you towards their software company with free trials and seeking monthly fees afterwards. You are also being pushed to take their training to building your business. Your startup cost can be as high as $2500 just for training. You also will find yourself with $149 to $400 per month in expenses before you have any clients. This can be a recipe for failure for many just starting out. Also many go out of business because the initial expenses were too high.
Yes you can outsource a credit repair business but I do NOT recommend doing this when you first start. Why? Because you need to understand how this system works and know how to do the work yourself. What if something happens to your outsource service? Many of them may have one person that is the guru and their workers just follow their instructions. There was a case where one person was doing outsource work for several small companies but became extremely ill; all of their customers that did not know how to do the work themselves went out of business. Why? Well, they had many requests for refunds because they did not have the skills to do the work themselves.
Learn how to do the work yourself and you can outsource the credit repair services much later if you desire. Keep in mind that credit repair is a personal business and your clients will want to feel that you are focused on them. This is just as important to your long term success.
Automation is excellent and the way to go as long and you can serve your customers with custom and personalized work. However it is not always cost effective for startups with most credit repair solutions. There are less expensive solutions to help you get started. For example, you can get a letter writing solutions while you grow that will get the job done until you are ready to handle a full more expenses credit repair application.
PLEASE NOTE: Some are not clears regarding the limitations of credit repair software. Just know that no credit repair software can legally pull consumers credit reports or load them directly from the credit bureaus. One has to have a permissible purpose to do so and credit repair company does not fit this legal standard. They can import them in using a couple of credit monitoring services that can display what is negative. Therefore credit repair software is only an effective management tool for a growing company if you are fully trained in this business.
If you want to start a Credit Repair Business and be successful, you must separate yourself from all of the nationally advertised firms. You must brand yourself in a different way by offering a personal touch to your services in your credit repair business. This is because you won’t be able to compete with the big firms that advertised on the radio and TV. Many consumers that lives in your community, may feel more comfortable with you instead. You can brand yourself by saying that you offer custom credit repair letters for each client instead of cookie cutter letters. For this you will need a custom letter system.
As I stated in the beginning, you also should want to be a member of non-profit organizations that police the credit repair industry and ensure that their members maintain standards. In my research, the public did not trust certification coming credit repair software companies or from individuals. They ONLY respected certificates from a trade association of the industry.
So, if anyone says that you don’t need to be certified, or put down certifications, it important to know this: Yes, it is true you do not need a special credit repair certification or certificate to be in this business. But, it is NOT wise being without one. Just think, if something happens, or someone sues you, they could make the argument that you did not have any proper training credentials within the credit repair industry as have happened before. If you have credentials from the industry’s associations, that argument could NOT be made against you. That’s why one should want to be certified by a non-profit credit repair association. It will say that you are one that has ethical standards. In addition, the public ONLY feels comfortable dealing with individuals and companies aligned with their industry’s associations and often call them verifying membership and credentials.
A credit repair company can make from $500 to $6,000 per month for the average person working from home part-time spending about 20 to 30 minutes per month for each client. However, you will spend more time in the intake process on the initial contact with the client. You can earn $95 to $300 in the initial contact based on evaluating a credit report and produce a plan to boost your client’s score in the initial stage. If you are above average, you can earn $10,00.00 full-time and some are earning even as much as $75,000.00 per month. Yes, this much! Now think about this, where can you earn an additional $1000 per month with little effort and time for a start up company that will cost under $250 to get started? Many software based companies say that you can spend 5 to 15 minutes per client but this is NOT enough time to offer the credit repair personal touch service that you will need to be successful in this climate.
The big credit repair firms like Lexington Credit and CreditRepair.com already have huge clients due to heavy advertising and have account representatives. This is great for you because their advertising helps you in your local market. However, some feel that the reps of in these firms have so many clients that it is hard to feel connected. Therefore many consumers prefer finding someone close to them for help. This is why you should create a “personal services” type brand, sharing that your clients will not feel as if they are a number among many. If you offer the same quality service as these big firms with a personal touch in your community, your business will grow.
Some credit repair companies charge $49 to $99 per month for their services. However one of the most successful method is to charge per deletion or per points increased. For example, some charge $85 per deleted item off a credit report for each account deletions and $50 per non-account deletion. Some add more for deleting collections or public records accounts. Some just charge the flat $85 for all items.
Let’s say you have one client and they have Five (5) challengeable accounts on their credit reports and 3 non-account items. You can earn up to $575 with that client: 5 x $85 and 3 x $50. This client will happily pay when they see these results. You can ask for an escrow payment to hold a portion of the funds to be received until the service is rendered. As service is performed, you will get paid. Just having two clients per month will earn you over $1000. Because most clients will have at least 7 to 15 accounts issues.
What if you have three clients per week? This is where you can earn over $6000 per month part-time. You will spend no more than 2 hours per week working on each new client and about 5-10 minutes per old client getting paid for another round of deletions until you complete them.
Here is an example: Say that you have 10 clients for one month. I like to be reasonable because many small based credit repair companies working from home can easily get 10-20 clients per month. Normally they will have 7 challengable accounts items on their credit reports. If you delete 3 items for all clients credit report that’s 30 x $85. You will earn $2, 550 but still have more to earn for the next rounds of challengeable items. Without getting a new client you will still earn another $2550 off the same 10 clients and depending on their accounts this could go on for about 3 to 6 months. The key is that since you are getting results, you will keep adding clients and watch your income soar.
As I stated before, one does not need a special license or a degree to start a credit repair company by the government, but there are federal rules and guidelines for each state. A good credit repair training source will provide this information.
I would get my initial training from a a non-profit source where credit repair training is their primary business model and have an interest to protect the industry with standards. They will not attempt to sell you software or anything but provide you a solid foundation on the process of being a successful and in compliance credit repair consultant. Again, it is a BEST to get certified by one the credit repair industry’s associations so that the public will have the confidence that you can do the job and trustworthy. Certification from any other source other than the two associations, are not really valid certifications in my opinion and neither in the eyes of officials I’ve spoken with. You want to be a member of an association and vow to adhere to industry’s standards.
FTC and regulators want the credit repair industry to police itself because of past bad actors. However, so many are offering certification and training BUT are NOT expressing concerns regarding compliance, protecting and policing the industry. They are just selling a product or training service. Therefore a lot of people are now getting involved in this business without a clue of how not to cause harm to the public. Again, and this is worth repeating, If you are going to be part of the credit repair industry, align yourself with the either or the two industry’s non-profit trade associations: CCA or NACSO because they makes protecting the public their mission.
I am recommending CCA, The Credit Consultants Association, Inc. I have no affiliations with them but like their low cost program and mission. Additionally, their startup credit repair training material is in-depth. They are a non-profit trade association offering credit repair certification, membership and excellent self-paced thorough basic/advanced training.
Many of the top successful credit repair professionals and the individuals selling their training in social media and youtube received their initial training with this organization. They are a perfect source in starting your credit repair business with training for under $80. They also offer one-on-one phone coaching services if needed and free email support for members. In addition, they are like the better business bureau of the credit repair industry collecting and resolving complaints from the public. If you know of a company that is not following guidelines, alert them and they will followup and take action. Also they will keep you abreast on various industry changes . It is their goal to police the industry and provide their members with compliance information. You should become a member, get your training and certification from them. They are extremely affordable and an excellent source to learn how to start a credit repair business.
As I stated, you don’t need a full software program. I’ve been testing and credit letter writing system that is amazing and extremely low cost. I’ll provide their link below.
However, there are some good software packages available when you are fully trained and ready to afford the solutions.
Many packages are great for startups companies and one can earn a great living with them. In some cases, those with a large client based will noticed slower speeds and this can becomes extremely frustrating for business owners. That’s when these business owners may look for other solutions or creates their own software.
Therefore, after you have done credit repair manually and understand how this business works. After you have received some real results, then you may want to get software to help manage your business. However, NEVER allow these software programs dispute engine do all the work for you. When their disputes works for your client, use it but DO NOT throw away your word processor. Some challenges to credit bureaus and furnishers have to be customized for each client and most of these software programs will not accommodate these issues. They offer basic customization with limited placeholders.
To sum it up, I’ve looked at most of them and some has many features.
Therefore, I’ve looked at a few package and here what I will share: Credit Letters Generator is the ready-to-go letters solutions I mentioned early that costs as low as $9.95 per month. This is excellent for those that want to write custom credit and debt letters and save time and money. I’m not getting paid to recommend them or any other solutions, I just tried this solutions as a beta tester and love it. I am currently using it myself for the last six months to write all the credit letters that I need. They have some excellent pre-formatted letters written by top credit professionals that I purchase and are using. I can also fax my 25 to 50 letters from their system for free , or send letters first-class or certified mail directly from my dashboard paying the postage and handling. I’m not sure if they have actually fully launch to the public yet but I was provided access as a beta tester. If you need to organize your letter writing process, this solution is a perfect application to start your credit repair business or for the DIY market.
Credit Repair Cloud is the number one selling package out there. It’s an excellent software packages for startups and midsize companies and their software support is very good; it is very user friendly too. Credit Money Machine has been around for 30 years and probably the oldest and very robust. It is a small company but has an excellent product. In addition, it has a learning curve and requires training. I’ve never heard of a company that has outgrown their desktop application. Client Dispute Manager software is a business in a box solutions with built training. It’s an excellent solutions for credit repair companies. Credit Admiral software is excellent too and was designed by credit repair specialists the creator of Credit Con which is the best conference.Credit Detailer is another reasonable price package that many are using. Dispute Suite is another solid package that many credit repair companies are using, and has a support team. They have gained popularity mainly because they host a successful boot-camp each year. SX3 is another software program that has been around for a few years and has the ability to use unique dispute letters for each client. They are a good startup package too. Disco is FREE and they are getting traction from many startup credit repair companies. You will have to do a lot to set it up but Free is Free. They are a good startup package too.
There are many more that are good startups packages on the scene and as I take a closer look at them I will update this post accordingly.
Just make sure you get good basic training and credit repair certification prior to purchasing any software program, but if you can afford to do both it’s OK as long as you are aware that the software can not think for you.
Finally, sales are very important to making money in any business and one will need leads. But please be aware that credit repair is a personal business just as if they are going to a barber or hair dresser; and people want results for their personally situation.
Make sure you know how to do the work prior to selling this services; unless you will just use an outsource. However, the goal is to still get certification and training first. You must learn how to develop strategies for your client and not cause them any harm. These steps will protect the credit repair industry and keep this a lucrative business. Again, I like the Credit Consultants Association (ccasite.org) for membership, certification and startup training. Credit Consultants Association Coupon Code is available.