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While a healthy credit score is advantageous, we recognize that businesses face diverse challenges. Our approach involves a holistic evaluation, considering factors beyond just the credit score. This inclusivity ensures that businesses with varied financial histories can still access the funding required for growth.
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Types of Business Loans
There are several common types of loans that business owners use to get funding:
Bank loans from traditional lenders like banks or credit unions are a popular option. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) also guarantees some bank loans to encourage lending to businesses. These loans tend to have lower interest rates and longer repayment terms than other options. However, they usually require strong credit, collateral, and a lengthy application process.
Merchant Cash Advances
Merchant cash advances provide a lump sum in exchange for an agreed upon percentage of future credit card sales. There’s no lengthy approval process, but the repayment rates are higher. It’s easy to qualify if you have significant credit card receivables.
With invoice financing, you can borrow against the value of your outstanding invoices. The lender advances a percentage of the invoice amounts, then collects the payments directly from your customers. There’s flexibility in repayment as you only pay back a percentage of collections.
Business credit cards are widely available and easy to get, though they tend to have higher interest rates. You can use them for purchases or take cash advances. Lines tend to be lower than other options.
Some lenders provide personal loans for business purposes. Rates may be lower than credit cards and you have flexibility in using the funds. However, amounts tend to be lower and you’re personally responsible for repayment.
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How Much to Borrow
When determining how much to borrow for your business, you’ll need to carefully calculate your project costs to avoid overborrowing. Consider the following:
Estimate costs for equipment, inventory, renovations and any other expenses needed to start or expand your business. Get multiple quotes to ensure accurate estimates.
Factor in operating costs like payroll, rent, utilities, insurance, etc. for the first 6-12 months, until your business generates enough revenue.
Include a contingency fund of 10-20% for unexpected expenses that may arise.
Be realistic about startup costs. Many entrepreneurs are overly optimistic about quick profits, while underestimating expenses.
Avoid borrowing more than you need. While having extra capital can provide a cushion, unnecessary debt will increase interest costs and loan repayment.
Consider starting smaller or phasing expenses. For example, lease equipment initially rather than buying outright. Move into a smaller space or take longer to expand.
Use your own funds to cover a portion of startup costs. Lenders like to see entrepreneurs invested financially in the business.
Thoroughly researching your needs and costs will help determine an ideal loan amount to successfully launch your business while remaining financially responsible.