These rates come from the IRS Index of Applicable Federal Rates that updates on a monthly basis. This index gives us the minimum interest rates the IRS expects on all loans. Even if your friend does not want to receive a return on their money, it is important for you to pay interest on what you receive or the IRS may see the money as a gift and tax you for it.
Small-business grants from private foundations and 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.
Before applying, it’s best to do your homework about the different types of loans. Most are known by names that reflect the section of the law that created the loan category. Here are the basic categories of SBA-backed loans:
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Even small equity owners might believe that they have the right to have a major say in the strategy and operations of the business. You may not want to be constantly getting business advice from your uncle.
Finding money for a startup is difficult by itself, and it becomes more difficult if you also don’t have excellent credit. I would advise you to check out our article about commercial real estate loans, since that’s the type of money you need to find. A hard money loan, which may be the only one on that list you qualify for based on the credit information you provided, will be hard to justify if you’re not 100% positive that you’ll have a substantial amount of revenue coming in immediately. In other words, it would be expensive and risky for a startup trying to get off the ground.
Either way, the advantage of going online is speed: Most lenders can get you your money in a week or less. Applications are typically much less time-intensive, too. Of course, the major drawback is that your interest rate will be higher. It’s common for small businesses to secure bank loans with single-digit APRs. While that’s possible online, double digits are more the norm.
Tracey, your question seems to be the million dollar question from many defaulted borrowers over the last several years. CAIVRS is an internal reported credit system that the government uses for defaulted federal loans such as SBA, USDA, FHA, etc. I recently took on a case where a borrower had declared personal bankruptcy to relieve himself of the SBA debt and after 2 years repaired his credit and wanted to buy a house via an FHA Loan but he came up on the CAIVRS list. There is a big misunderstanding within the SBA guidelines and main office in Virginia on whether bankruptcy should relieve a borrower who claimed personal BK from the CAIVRS list. Needless to say, we were able to get him successfully taken off the list without having him pay the SBA any money and he is now in his new home with an FHA loan. The only other way to get taken off the CAIVRS list is to pay it off in full, or submit an Offer in Compromise and ask for release from the CAIVRS list.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) is primarily known for their loan guarantee programs. Two SBA programs that are more startup friendly the Community Advantage Program and the Microloan Program. Both programs target new or underserved businesses. All SBA loan types can be used for startups, but some are difficult to qualify for if you don’t have an existing business.
Navigating these requirements and the accompanying paperwork can be difficult and is the main reason people think of SBA loans as slow and hard to get. Some of the best SBA lenders, like SmartBiz, have streamlined this process and drastically cut down paperwork and application times. In fact, SmartBiz routinely closes SBA loans in 2-3 weeks.
Equipment financing can be a great option for startups where equipment or machinery will play a major role, like a trucking company. Financing equipment rather than paying for it all at once helps you to keep more cash available for other business expenses.
In addition to the above, if you are using the loan to buy commercial real estate it must be at least 51% owner occupied. For example, you cannot use a 504 loan to purchase a hotel that you will fully rent out to tenants. But you can use a 504 loan to purchase retail space that you will use most of and rent out a small part of to another tenant. New construction has even higher owner occupancy requirements. To view a comprehensive list of CDC / SBA 504 eligibility requirements, visit the SBA’s website.
Using a credit card to fund your business is some serious risky business. Fall behind on your payment and your credit score gets whacked. Pay just the minimum each month and you could create a hole you’ll never get out of. However, used responsibly, a credit card can get you out of the occasional jam and even extend your accounts payable period to shore up your cash flow.
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