Category: Business Credit

‘Licensed and bonded.’ You may have come across that term before when searching for a plumber or other contractor, but what does the ‘bonded’ part mean? If you run a business that owes its existence to contracts or short-term projects, being bonded can make a huge difference. Being bonded means that your work is backed by a surety bond. This is basically like insurance to your clients that you will get the project done as promised or you will repay them for any financial losses if you […]

Adding new, updated equipment is often the best way to keeping your small business at the forefront of competition while simultaneously increasing your profits. New equipment can be very expensive though, requiring your company to seek business loan funding. While securing small business financing can be tricky, doing a little research can help you put together the right loan package for your firm. The first step is to determine your loan needs. How much money do you need to borrow? How quickly […]

Every small business owner looks forward to the day his or her company takes off and has more demand than supply. You might need to pay for more inventory or marketing for gaining new customers, or in other cases you may be ready to buy out the competition or merge with another firm. When that day arrives, it is smart to be prepared with a source of expansion financing – in other words, a way to pay for that quick growth. Here are three things to know to help you know when and how to secure expansion […]

Every small business will need an infusion of cash at some point. When the need arises, a business loan with a traditional lender generally has the best interest rates and loan terms. It also requires more from borrowers though, including some form of collateral. The bank will examine your business credit as well as your revenue and your company’s financial history. If the lender determines you have enough income to repay the loan, the bank will also ask you to provide collateral – a secondary […]

You’ve hit a wall in your business growth. You need more working capital. A small business loan can be the safest and cheapest way to obtain the funding your company desperately needs. The requirements can be stringent and the application process can be extensive. Here are 5 ways to be prepared for small business loan success. 1. Prepare to Explain the Reasons for Your Loan In order for a lender to approve your loan proposal they will need to see a convincing reason for the funds. If you are […]

Signing up for a business credit card can be very fiscally beneficial to your growing company. Before submitting that application, however, you  should become familiar with five of the most frequently asked questions about business credit cards. 1. Can a startup business qualify for a business credit card? Yes, startup companies are eligible for credit cards as soon as they are officially established. In order to qualify, credit card lenders will use the owner’s personal credit score and income. 2. […]

Starting and growing a small business requires plenty of capital. And yet, without a strong or long business history most lenders are hesitant to loan money to new companies. The result: many fledgling small businesses turn to their credit cards to finance their operations. In fact, the U.S. Small Business Administration reported that 65 percent of small business owners rely on credit cards regularly to provide working capital. The problem with maxing out personal or business credit card to finance […]

Having a good personal credit score can make all the difference in acquiring business funding for small firms. For business owners who are sole proprietors, their personal credit is their lifeline to bank loans, online loans and other forms of business financing. What happens if an entrepreneur has been faithfully making timely payments, keeping debts on credit cards low, and generally practicing good credit behavior but then gets hit with some unexpected medical bills that he’s unable to repay […]

When you apply for a business loan, you may feel like the bank’s approval process is like a black box of secretive decisions. While every lender may have a few unique lending criteria, in general all lenders will take four factors into account when choosing which loans to approve. Cash Flow Lenders are going to decide if your business is worthy of a loan based on the inflow and outflow of cash from your business bank account. The bank will want to see a high average daily balance, a significant […]

Small business in the U.S. are responsible for the creation of two-thirds of the new jobs added to the economy each year. And yet, for these small businesses to continue hiring and growing, finding the business funding can be a challenge. Many big banks and lenders have no interest in making business loans under $250,000 – the cost of underwriting small loans is barely worth the profits on them. In these situations, microloans can be the best solution. A microloan, according to the Small Business […]