Personal loans can be a sensible alternative to small business loans in situations where the small business doesn’t yet have a solid history of profit, or can’t currently provide the documentation and analysis a bank requires to consider a small business loan. The personal loan is issued to an individual—the business owner—based on their credit. It is ultimately their responsibility to pay back the loan.
Note: The rates and terms of SBA Microloans are similar to those with most peer-to-peer loans. But peer-to-peer loans can be approved in minutes without much paperwork whereas SBA Microloans can take months to get approved and require extensive documentation. If your credit score is above 660 (check here for free) then see what you prequalify for with Lending Club.
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.
Contrary to what many people think, the SBA itself does not issue loans. Banks, credit unions, community development organizations, microlending institutions, and other partners actually make the loans. For qualifying loans, the SBA guarantees part of their repayment. The maximum guarantee is 85 % for loans under $150,000 and 75 % for loans over $150,000.
In fact, nearly all national and regional lenders participate in the program. Your regional SBA office can refer you to participating lenders in your area or you can work with a nationwide SBA loan provider like SmartBiz.
One drawback of the standard SBA 7(a) loan is that the application process can take months. In order to address this problem, the SBA offers an expedited processing service called the SBA Express Loan, which guarantees a response to an application within 36 hours (note: this means the SBA will notify your lender within 36 hours if your application has been approved, but it may take significantly longer for your lender to process and fund your loan).
SBA Business Physical Disaster Loans (BPDLs): Long-term, low-rate loans designed to help businesses that suffered physical losses and damages due to a declared disaster replace or repair that property not covered by insurance. Do not need to be a for-profit business.
When you’re trying to get a loan for a fledgling business, your credit score is as important as it is when you’re trying to get a personal loan. If you have a low credit score, your lender is likely to perceive you (and your business) as a greater risk. Try to boost your personal credit before applying for loans. It’s not a quick process, but it can save you time, frustration, and money in the long run.
But as the debt passed through many hands before landing in National Collegiate’s trusts, critical paperwork documenting the loans’ ownership disappeared, according to documents that have surfaced in a little-noticed legal battle involving the trusts in state and federal courts in Delaware and Pennsylvania.
As you’re exploring financing solutions, this calculator can help you forecast your debt service coverage. This will help you determine whether you can currently afford the additional debt needed to boost your business.
SBA Export Loans Designed to help small businesses fund new exporting operations and offer cash flow solutions to small business so they can offer more flexible terms to their international customers. Rates: 5.75 – 10%
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Small business loans can be critical to your success as a business owner. Traditional banks are no longer your only option. From SBA loans to business lines of credit to invoice-based financing, you now have access to many options through online lenders. Find the business financing product that is best for you. Learn about loan/product types.
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