Right now could easily be the best time to find a small business loan since the subprime mortgage crisis plagued our country just a decade ago. The improved economic conditions and a big increase in competition mean lenders are willing to slash their rates for good prospects.
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Now that you have a general overview of the six primary kinds of SBA loans, and the frequency of funding for each, it’s important to understand the difference between SBA loans and traditional bank loans.
SBA-backed loans are in principle open to any small business, but yours will need to meet certain criteria in order to qualify. And even if you meet the federal government’s qualifications, you still need to apply to a commercial lender and be approved.
The important takeaway is how much more restrictive a CDC / SBA 504 loan is compared to an SBA 7(a) loan. You can not use the proceeds of a 504 loan for working capital, debt refinance, non-owner occupied / investment real estate, etc. You can read more on the SBA’s website.
At United Capital Source, we understand no two businesses or business owners are alike and that’s why we look at each scenario individually to ensure that our clients get the financing that fits with their businesses goals and needs. By looking at each business on an individual basis, we are able to approve many more business owners than our competition.
There’s a lot more legwork involved in getting a small business loan compared with a personal loan. You’ll need to stay organized, have a clear idea of your needs, and be tenacious if you’re turned down. Here are some tips for getting the best small business financing:
Origination fee: This is a fee charged for processing the loan application and approval, including verifying a borrower’s information. Origination fees may be charged as a flat fee (e.g., $350) or a percentage of the loan amount. If it’s charged as a percentage-based fee, it will typically be between 1% and 6% of the loan amount. Sometimes the origination fee is included in the total loan amount, meaning the borrower is essentially borrowing the fee and repaying it with interest.
Business owners often need to utilize more than one source of financing to get their new startup off the ground. Typical options include business loans, raising money, or using your savings. We’ll analyze the 11 best startup business loans, from SBA loans to angel investors to Rollovers for Business Startups (ROBS).
We offer great service both online or offline—it’s your choice. You can access your account via your customer portal or mobile app at any time of day or night, whether you want to check your balance, make a payment or find out when you’re eligible to renew. Or, if you prefer speaking with a real person, you can talk to Customer Service six days a week.
The SBA requires a personal guarantee from every owner with at least a 20% ownership stake and from others who hold top management positions. A personal guarantee puts you and your personal assets on the hook for payments if your business can’t make them.
Small-business grants from private foundations government agencies are another way to raise startup funds for your small business. They’re not always easy to get, but free capital might be worth the hard work for some new businesses.
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