April 17, 2023

12 best net-30 accounts and vendors to help business build credit in 2023

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As a small business owner, you likely have many competing goals for your startup, including hitting certain revenue targets, securing the best possible team, and building awareness in the marketplace. Here’s another important goal that may not be on your list: building your business credit with. It’s a task that’s even more vital right now, amid an uncertain economy that could veer into a recession.

Building business credit is one of the most important steps a startup or SMB can take to get their business on a path toward financial security. And it’s an important task to focus on during the early stages, since new businesses typically have no credit history for lenders to evaluate. One easy way to get started is by using net-30 accounts. 

Building a good credit score for business loans can make it easier for you to secure financing in the future when your business requires it. A positive credit history can result in lower interest rates and insurance premiums, leading to significant savings down the line. Having good credit can also give you access to alternative forms of financing, such as accounts receivable financing or invoice discounting

While some businesses can operate without credit, most startups need access to capital at some point in order to maintain their cash flow to support ongoing operations. But how do you start building business credit?

Below we've compiled a comprehensive guide to understanding how establishing trade lines with net-30 vendors can help you build your credit, improve future credit limits, and build a solid business credit history.

What is a net-30 account?

Net-30 accounts, also known as trade credit or vendor lines of credit, are accounts in which a vendor's credit terms allow their clients to pay their credit in full within 30 calendar days (including weekends and holidays) after the date of the invoice. For example, if an invoice has a due date of March 1, you would have until March 31 to pay it in full without incurring interest or late fees. That said, some net-30 accounts charge an annual fee for the credit line.

There are a few things to note if you're curious about how to get net-30 accounts. As long as the vendor reports to small business ratings agencies, (the top three are Dun & Bradstreet, Equifax Small business, and Experian Business), your on-time payments will build up your credit score. Net-30 accounts may also make it easier for your company to budget variable expenses; rather than paying upfront, you’ll know 30 days before bills are due how much they’ll cost your company.

Most vendors require a business to be in operation for at least 30 days and that the applicant has a minimum ownership stake of 25%. They may also have a minimum order amount on which they’ll extend credit and others may require a deposit for new customers.

Typically, you’ll need to fill out an online application form that asks for information such as your name, the business name, employer identification number and location. Some vendors require that you have a DUNS number, a nine-digit ID from Dun & Bradstreet that you can request through the rating agency. Keep in mind that the initial amount of vendor credit extended may be limited at the start of the relationship. 

What to look for in net-30 vendors?

When choosing a net-30 vendor, it’s important to make sure that they report your payments to at least one of the small business ratings agencies. It’s also important to select vendor accounts that offer a product or service relevant to your business, and that offer competitive pricing. 

Just as you can negotiate with vendors on price, you may also be able to negotiate other payment terms, including the length of time you have to pay invoices, as part of the procurement process. Keep in mind that some vendors charge a fee for a net-30 credit application, so you’ll need to determine whether the benefit of opening that account is worth the cost. 

12 best net-30 business accounts for new businesses

There are many net-30 vendors with which your company can choose to work. Here’s a look at several of the best net-30 accounts. Some offer easy approval net-30 accounts that allow you to make a purchase now and pay for it 30 days after receiving the invoice without accruing any interest.

Newegg Business

Newegg Business offers a Net 30 Credit Line to companies purchasing computers and other IT equipment. It can take five to 10 business days for the company to process your application. 


Looking for company swag? You can purchase t-shirts, jackets, and accessories with net-30 terms.  Simply fill out the online application for net-30 terms.

Summa Office Supplies

Clients of Summa Office Supplies can get net-30 terms for items like pens, notebooks, and tape. Once you’ve activated your account, click on the button that says “Bill My Net-30 Terms Account” at checkout.


Uline, a family-owned business selling industrial and packing materials, makes it easy for new customers to get net-30 credit by using the customer number on the back of their catalog. If the company needs further information, a credit agent will reach out to you. 


Customers who place an online order for at least $100 of office products can request net-30 terms at checkout. Quill will run a credit check on your business, typically completed within 24 hours.

Crown Office Supplies

Crown Office Supplies is another office supply vendor that provides net-30 terms to qualified customers, including new businesses. Apply for a net-30 account on the company’s website. 

Office Garner

To qualify for a net-30 account at Office Garner, your business must be at least 30 days old. You can use the account to pay for traditional office supplies in addition to electronics or services like Web site design.

The CEO Creative

This site sells a variety of office supplies and services, including printed products like business cards and brochures. You can apply for a net-30 account on the website.

JJGold International

You can find office décor, such as desk accessories and furniture accents at JJ Gold International. The company has approved more than 25,000 customers for net-30 accounts. To qualify, your order must be worth more than $80, and new customers must make a deposit of 50% of their order.

Strategic Network Solutions

While many of the vendors on this list sell goods, you can also get net-30 terms for service providers as well. Strategic Network Solutions provides net-30 terms for up to $2,000 in credit for IT and services such as endpoint security and business continuity assistance.

Creative Analytics

With this company, you can get net-30 terms for digital marketing services, such as content strategy or site search engine optimization (SEO). The verification process takes three to five days.

JAM Industrial Supply

You can get net-30 terms from JAM Industrial supply for purchases of wide range of business products, from office cleaning supplies to health and safety equipment. To apply, you’ll need to download and print out an application and send it back to the company for approval. 

How to build credit without net-30 accounts for new business

Maintaining good credit gives your business a competitive advantage, one that could potentially determine whether your business thrives or folds amid a potential economic downturn. By contrast, having a poor business credit history could ultimately end up costing your company money, due to higher interest rates.  

Business credit reporting agencies typically use a scale of 0-100 to rate companies, with higher scores indicating better creditworthiness according to their scoring models. Dun & Bradstreet’s approach, for example, assigns a “Paydex” score that looks at factors such as on-time payments and debts in collections.

Net-30 accounts are one way that small businesses can build a credit profile, but it’s not the only way to do so. Adhering to the following best practice can also help improve your credit rating with business credit bureaus.

Pay bills on time

Having net-30 accounts is just the first step in using them to build your credit profile. You also need to always pay your invoices from those vendors on time—or early. Some companies offer terms that provide a discount of 5% or more off the bill for early payment.

Keep in mind that just as on-time payments for net-30 vendor credits can improve your company's credit score, missed or late payments can have the opposite effect, decreasing your creditworthiness and potentially making it harder or more expensive for you to borrow money in the future. You may also owe late fees to vendors when you fail to pay invoices by their due date. 

One way to make sure that your invoices always get paid on time is to use an automated bill pay platform, such as the one Ramp offers, which can minimize the chance of bills falling through the cracks. Ramp Bill Pay automates every part of the accounts payable (AP) process and offers features like one-click bill creation that automatically extracts relevant details and detects duplicate invoices.

Automating your bill payment can also free up your AP team for more high-value tasks like transitioning clients to digital invoicing or improving processes to more efficiently manage your company’s finances.

Monitor your credit reports

I’s important to check your personal credit score for mistakes or signs of fraudulent activity at least once a year; as a business owner, it's equally important to make a habit of regularly checking your business credit reports. You can order your business credit reports directly from the three credit report bureaus for a fee.

If you’re a very early-stage startup, your business credit may be tied to your personal credit, so it’s important to make sure that you’re monitoring your personal credit reports and taking steps to buoy your personal credit score as well.

(Note: Ramp does not use personal credit checks or personal founder guarantees as determining factors in underwriting.) 

Use a corporate card

In addition to making it easier for you to separate business finances from your personal finance, and put spending controls in place, having a corporate credit card is an essential step to building business credit.

Applying for a card will typically trigger a credit search, which can impact your business credit score, but over the long-term, regular, on-time payments on a corporate card will boost your company’s credit rating. Remember that if you use a personal card for business purchases, your payments on that card will not go toward building your company credit.

Opt for a card that makes it easy (or even automatic) for employees to submit their receipts, quickly get reimbursed for their expenses, provides cash back rewards that you can put back into your business, and makes it easy to implement embedded spend controls.

Choosing a charge card rather than a credit card means you don’t have to worry about how carrying a balance or a utilization ratio will impact your credit score. As with net-30 vendors, you’ll want a card that reports to the major business credit rating agencies.

Be in control of business spending 

This is particularly important right now, as the economy appears to be cooling down. Manage your spending to keep costs down, improve your bottom line, and reduce the amount of credit that your company needs. This, in turn, also improves your business's credit profile over time. 

Two easy ways to reduce unnecessary spending are cutting back on zombie spends (small, forgotten expenses like subscriptions and recurring memberships) and maverick spend (spending that doesn’t follow business and procurement processes).

Learn more about how Ramp can help you build your company’s credit score by saving your company time and money.  

Content Marketing Manager, Ramp

Richard Moy is an experienced freelance Content Marketing Manager supporting Ramp. Prior to joining Ramp, he served as a content marketer and editor at BetterCloud and Stack Overflow.


How many net-30 accounts should I have?

There is no hard-and-fast answer to this question, but a good rule of thumb is to have at least five Net-30 accounts for on-time payments to those accounts to start improving their credit profile. In addition to improving your credit score, establishing vendor credit can help with cash management since it can ease the immediate demands on your cash. 

Is a net-30 account better than a net-60 account?

Just as a net-30 account means that payments are due in 30 days, a net-60 account means that payments are due in 60 days. Vendors may start clients with net-30 terms and then extend to net-60, net-45, or even net-90 terms after the business has proven that they’re a reliable partner that does not miss payments. Periodically reviewing your agreements with vendors and payments terms is an important part of vendor management

While net-60 terms give you more time to pay your bills, they may not improve your credit. Ask your vendor whether they report net-60 account payments to the credit bureaus if that’s something that’s important to you. 

Do net-30 account vendors require an annual membership fee?

Some net-30 vendors do require annual membership fees and others do not. As a business owner, you should decide whether the relevance of the product or service and the membership fee are worth it and whether it will add real value to your business.

Can you pay a net-30 account with a credit card?

Net-30 accounts can be paid in various ways. ACH and check payments are two options. A third would be using a prepaid credit card, like Ramp’s corporate card. This will both build your credit rating and give you cash back for the money spent to make payments.

How long does it take for net-30 accounts to build credit?

As most vendors report payments to credit bureaus from about 90 days onwards, building a credit history could take several months. 

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