You really do need to take your credit score very seriously, because it’s the key to so many financial aspects of your life. It will determine if you can buy a house, buy a car, start a business and myriad other things.
For example, someone with a 550 credit score is in the “poor credit” range. But, if their goal is to get a low-downpayment FHA loan for a house, they only need to get it to 580. It may not take that long to lift a credit score by 30 points.
Wherever you fall in terms of “bad credit,” you need to realize that rebuilding that credit may likely to take years…sorry. It’s a marathon and not a sprint. But I’ve got some recommendations below for rebuilding your credit as quickly as possible.