As an established small business owner, you are ready to take your business to the next level. Is a business loan truly the best way for you to get there? Will it benefit you? Here are some key items to consider to help you answer these questions before you click on that apply now button.
Evaluate your business first before allowing the lending company to.
Every lender looks at different points when evaluating your business for a small business loan. In most cases, it’s not all about your credit score like you might think, but more about how well you’ve maintained your business throughout the years. It’s about who you are, how long you’ve been in business and your history of meeting your financial obligations. If you’ve obtained any debt, how well have you maintained that? What is your total annual revenue? With the amount of revenue you make per day or month, will you have the ability to pay the loan back?
These are all the criteria the lending companies will evaluate you and your business on. So it is a good idea to obtain a copy of your credit report in advance and if it is less than perfect fix or resolve any mistakes in the report. This will not only help you get approved but will also allow you to enjoy their lowest rates.
Do the benefits outweigh the cost?
It is easy to come up with all of the reasons of why you need funds to grow your business. But how beneficial will this really be? Do the benefits outweigh the cost? If you can prove that with the funds you receive, your revenue will increase, then your business is ready. But if you have even the slightest uncertainty then it is a good idea to sit down and calculate these out. For instance, if you want to use the funds to purchase new equipment or inventory you will need to add the cost of the loan to the purchase price and see if you will profit from this. It is important to think both of the cost of the loan and also the opportunity cost of what you will lose out on if you don’t take out a loan.
Most direct lending companies will actually help you answer these questions so you can determine if this is the right step to take today, or in the future. Just like you feel you’re taking a risk on choosing them as your lender, the lender is also taking a risk on you. So they will make sure you can benefit from the extra funds, not get buried by them.
The new world of business financing—how does it work today?
These days obtaining a small business loan can be done in a matter of hours, not days or months. When you start shopping around for the right lender, you can notice that some will advertise “small business loans in as little as one business day.” Is that really true—in some cases, yes, if you are prepared with everything you need.
Every lender has their own set of questions they need answered as well as minimal paperwork and documents. It is a good idea to find out what these are before applying. In addition you should also research and understand the costs and payment structures. For instance, what is the length of the term, what are your re-payment options, and if there are any fees associated with the loan. This upfront planning will not only speed up your process but also help you get answers to any additional questions that you may have. Being prepared prevents surprises and allows for a smoother, faster process
Once you have figured out these key items, you are then ready to click that apply now button to find the right business financing for you.