How to get a DUNS number

How to get a D-U-N-S Number

If you have already read DUNS number 101 and are ready to apply for a DUNS number, you’re at the right page.

Many vendors will ask for a DUNS number before they consider extending business credit for your business.

You can get a DUNS number for FREE! You do not have to pay anyone to get the DUNS number, nor do you have pay for any add-on “credit builder” programs offered by D&B.

  1. Visit’s D&B Get a DUNS page.

2. Primary Reason for D-U-N-S Number Registration
I have a U.S. based business

3. Search for your Businesss
Search by Business Name or Business Phone Number

4. Click on Get a New D-U-N-S Number when you get the  Sorry, no matches were found for “your business name”

5. Get Started with the FREE D-U-N-S Number + CreditSignal option

6. Fill your business information.

You will get calls from their sales department trying to pitch you their $229 or $999 products, and will even try to negotiate the price down. You can politely say no, and refuse the service as it is not necessary.

Do not ignore calls from D&B until you have your DUNS number thinking it’s just sales people trying to sell you something. You will also receive VERIFICATION calls to very the information provided prior to getting the DUNS number approved.

How to Register Domain Name for your Business

One of the quickest ways to establish credibility for your newly formed business is to have a fully functional websites for this business.

If you want your website to be a professional representation of your business, it is imperative to have a professional and relevant domain name associated with the website.

If your business is is John’s Bakery, ideally you want to have something along the likes of www.johnsbakery.com instead of johnsbakery.somerandomblogginwebsite.com

Registering a domain name costs less than $15 per year (that’s just $1.50/month) and adds instant credibility for your business.

You can visit Godaddy.com, 1and1.com or NameCheap.com to register your domain name.

 

Create a Facebook page for your business

Everyone you know, even your grandma has a Facebook account. Almost 1 Billion people world wide have Facebook accounts.

When you search for a business in Google, there is a very good chance one of the top results will be that company’s Facebook page. If you want to build credibility for your business a Facebook page for your business is a MUST HAVE today!

You do NOT need an existing personal facebook account to create a Facebook Page for your business. Having an existing personal Facebook account may make life easier to manage the page, but it is NOT necessary.

  1. Click on this page to create the Facebook Page for your business.
  2. Select Local Business or Place
  3. Fill in your business contact details and click on Get Started

DUNS number

DUNS or D-U-N-S is a unique numeric identifier assigned by Dun & Bradstreet (D&B). In the business world, it’s very similar to the EIN, which functions like your business’s social security number.

It is free to obtain, and many banks and creditors will ask you for a DUNS number, along with your business EIN when you apply for credit or loans.

Where do I get a DUNS number?

D&B assigns DUNS numbers. You will have to get in touch with them (online or over the phone ) to get a DUNS number assigned for your company.

What’s the cost of a DUNS number?

The cost to get a DUNS number is $0. If you want to do it yourself, it’s free. There are companies that will do the online “paperwork”  and deal with D&B to get the DUNS number for you at a cost. If you don’t have the time to spend on the phone with D&B’s sales people, it may be worthwhile to pay someone else to deal with them.

How long does it take to get a DUNS number?

D&B’s website states it can take upto 30 days to get a free DUNS number. They offer an expedited service for $230 USD. In our recent experience, it takes about a week or so for a DUNS number to be created after your company information has been verified.

How to get an EIN

The very first requirement for business credit is an EIN (Employee Identification Number).

You can easily get an EIN from the IRS website for free! There’s absolutely no reason you should pay a service to get an EIN as it literally takes a few minutes to successfully apply and obtain for an EIN for your business.

Whether your business is a corporation, a LLC or a sole proprietorship, as long as you have the necessary information, the process is quick, simple and painless.

You would want to talk to a CPA to get some advice on tax implications if you’re an established businesses or if you already have business income.

This is NOT tax advice. This is a guide on navigating the IRS website to apply for an EIN.