Small businesses have a tougher time getting approved due to factors including lower sales volume and cash reserves; add to that bad personal credit or no collateral (such as real estate to secure a loan), and many small-business owners come up empty-handed. Getting funded takes longer than other options — typically two to six months — but banks are usually your lowest-APR option.
The SBA requires that 504 recipient businesses must create or retain at least one job for every $65,000 provided by the SBA loan, though for small manufacturers, the number is lowered to one job per $100,000.
The best thing to keep in mind about raising money from angel investors is that it’s all about networking. You have to get yourself and your business in front of individuals who have the money and interest to invest.
SmartBiz and StreetShares are good options for entrepreneurs with strong personal credit and established businesses. SmartBiz provides SBA loans with the lowest APR and longest repayment terms among online lenders. But since it’s an SBA loan, the application process will involve a lot of documents. If you want funding faster, StreetShares is an alternative. StreetShares, however, has a maximum borrowing limit of $100,000, a higher APR and shorter repayment terms than SmartBiz.
Since you’ve been in business more than a year and have decent credit, you may qualify for funding from StreetShares or OnDeck. If you have at least $25,000 in revenue, StreetShares offers a loan or line of credit up to $100,000. If you want more funding, OnDeck has term loans of up to $500,000. OnDeck’s loans, however, can be costlier, with APRs as high as 98%; StreetShares’ funding has a maximum 40% APR.
It’s difficult to point you in the right direction without knowing more about you and your business. With the amount you need I would encourage you to start by looking at an SBA loan for startups to see if you can qualify. This typically requires 20% or more down, though. If you have at least $50k in a tax deferred retirement plan you could use a ROBS to either cover the costs of your startup or to pay for the downpayment of your SBA loan.
New small business loans are going to be virtually impossible to get if you’re not investing in the business. Any lender is going to expect you to pay 10 – 30% of the costs to startup the business to go with the loan they’re giving you. They want to know you have skin in the game and that you’re going to do everything you can to make this business a success.
Your place on the credit spectrum is one factor that will determine which loans you’ll qualify for. You can get your credit report for free from each of the three major credit bureaus — Equifax, Experian and TransUnion — once a year. You can get your FICO score for free from several credit card issuers as well as personal finance websites, including NerdWallet.
In general, SBA Disaster Loans are used to recover from a declared disaster or the loss of a key employee. But each Disaster Loan can be used differently and you can apply for multiple types of Disaster Loans at the same time to meet your needs. There are three types of SBA Disaster loans for small businesses:
Businesses must meet certain criteria to qualify for an SBA loan in addition to meeting the credit qualifications of the lending partner. We also differentiate SBA loans based on the need of the business owner.
Your personal credit score ranges from 300 to 850 (the higher, the better), and evaluates your ability to repay your personal debts, such as credit cards, car loans and a mortgage. The FICO score, commonly used in lending decisions, is based on five factors: your payment history (35% of your score), the amounts owed on credit cards and other debt (30%), how long you’ve had credit (15%), types of credit in use (10%) and recent credit inquiries (10%). Small-business lenders require a personal credit score for loan applications because they want to see how you manage debt.
Keep in touch: An angel may not be interested in your business right away, especially if you don’t have a track record as a successful entrepreneur. To combat that, you should formulate a way to keep them in the loop on big developments, like a major sale.
With APRs that typically range from 10 – 30%, credit cards can be a very affordable short term solution for small businesses. Their one downside is that they’re particularly sensitive to your credit score, and if your score is damaged, the credit limit can be lowered or closed without warning.
Not only will we help you find the lender that’s right for you, but we’ll provide overall guidance through the SBA process and in-depth document review to ensure you have everything in line for approval.
Friends and family can be a great source for getting startup funding. While they may want to just give you the money you won’t want to pay the gift tax on that amount of money. Instead, you can structure it either as a loan or you can sell them shares of your business.
Start by asking your lender about Annual Percentage Rate or APR. APR takes into account all fees and interest rates so you have a standard measure of the cost of credit across different type loan products. Ask the lender to explain any and all fees associated with your small business loan. Typical fees associated with loans may include:
SBA 7(a) loans are the most common type of SBA loan. These loans of up to $5,000,000 can be used for working capital, to refinance debt, or to buy a business, real estate, or equipment. The SBA 7(a) program includes the SBA Express Loans and SBA Advantage Loans. Read more…
A ROBS is a way to use your 401k or IRA to fund your business. It helps you invest your current deferred retirement savings into your new company’s 401k plan, which uses the money to buy shares in your business. The business can then use those funds for any business related expense, which can include startup costs.
SBA loan terms can be more flexible, meaning borrowers can be approved even if they have fewer assets than required by commercial lenders. So if you are just starting out and don’t own a home or other big ticket asset to offer as collateral, you still have a good chance at getting a loan.
Do you want to gain more customers? Then using financing for marketing projects might be the right choice for you. You’ll be able to invest in branded materials, social media campaigns and test other marketing ideas.
The 8(a) Business Development Program assists in the development of small businesses owned and operated by individuals who are socially and economically disadvantaged, such as women and minorities. The following ethnic groups are classified as eligible: Black Americans; Hispanic Americans; Native Americans (American Indians, Eskimos, Aleuts, or Native Hawaiians); Asian Pacific Americans (persons with origins from Burma, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei, Japan, China (including Hong Kong), Taiwan, Laos, Cambodia (Kampuchea), Vietnam, Korea, The Philippines, U.S. Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands (Republic of Palau), Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Samoa, Macao, Fiji, Tonga, Kiribati, Tuvalu, or Nauru); Subcontinent Asian Americans (persons with origins from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, the Maldives Islands or Nepal). In 2011, the SBA, along with the FBI and the IRS, uncovered a massive scheme to defraud this program. Civilian employees of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, working in concert with an employee of Alaska Native Corporation Eyak Technology LLC allegedly submitted fraudulent bills to the program, totaling over 20 million dollars, and kept the money for their own use.
To qualify for a P2P loan through Lending Club, your credit score should be above 650 (check your score for free). If your credit score is below 650, consider a lender like LoanMe. They offer personal loans up to $50k and have high interest rates, but they’ll approve business loans when others won’t. You can get prequalified in minutes with LoanMe by filling out an online application.
Those with poor credit in a business-to-business environment that have receivables can use them as collateral. Alternative lenders, such as so-called Internet lenders, will charge higher interest rates, but generally have more relaxed standards.
So, if the lender prefers checking the Experian Intelliscore (business credit) as the default, the SBSS pulls in the Experian data set. If that report doesn’t offer enough information, it will automatically check another business credit score, like the D&B PAYDEX score. It could also then move on to your Equifax business credit data. If there’s not enough business credit data available, it will just use the personal credit data to calculate the SBSS score, along with your business financials.
The SBA Export Express Loan is quite flexible in what the proceeds can be used for. From covering the cost of participating in foreign trade shows, producing promotional materials for foreign markets, or buy equipment and expand your facilities.
A Rollover As Business Startups (ROBS) is the best kept secret in startup financing because it helps you invest funds from your retirement account into your new business without paying early withdrawal penalties or income taxes. A ROBS is not a loan against your retirement account, and it’s not a way of cashing out your retirement account. There are no loan payments and the business takes on no debt.
This is partially because more and more entrepreneurs are deciding to start their own small businesses annually, averaging around 675,000 new businesses in 2015, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Additionally, those already in business are borrowing at higher rates to either sustain or grow their companies, making them stronger in the long run.
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SBA loans come from participating banks, credit unions, and licensed non-bank lenders but they are partially guaranteed by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), a federal agency that promotes small business ownership in a variety of ways.
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Once an SBA loan is approved, the SBA mails closing documents to the applicant for signature. Disbursements include an initial unsecured amount of $25,000 (See latest fact sheet), and subsequent disbursements depending upon construction progress and continued insurance coverage. After final disbursement, the loan is transferred to one of the SBA’s servicing offices for management, or to its collections office in the case of default.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) is primarily known for their loan guarantee programs. Two SBA programs that are more startup friendly are the Community Advantage Program and the Microloan Program. Both programs target new or underserved businesses. All SBA loan types can be used for startups, but some are difficult to qualify for if you don’t have an existing business.
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