Category: Working Capital

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 […]

When your business is ready to purchase a property or building, one great option for financing is to use a Small Business Administration 504 loan for your commercial mortgage. This government-backed and funded program provides great loan terms and safe financing. Here’s what you need to know: The 504 Loan program was created in 2012 to provide funding to expanding small businesses. It can be used to finance several types of business growth, including commercial mortgages for the purchase […]

For companies whose products have a high sticker value, being able to offer customers multiple payment options is essential. Accepting credit cards, cash and checks are fairly standard, but there are also other financing choices that could help give your business a competitive edge. One of these is retail financing. Sometimes called customer financing or consumer financing, retail financing provides customers with a short term installment loan for purchases above a certain level. Here’s how […]

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 […]

Finding enough cash to get your small new business started or keep it running can be one of the biggest challenges you face as an entrepreneur. Here is a list of 8 different sources of business funding that can save your company’s future: 1. Friends and Family Before you groan at the idea of hitting up your loved ones for cash, you should know that friends and relatives are one of the most common sources for startups. No one knows you or believes in you more than this crowd. And they may be […]

One of the major aims of the Small Business Administration is to provide access to working capital for qualified new and growing companies. The SBA does not directly lend money to entrepreneurs however. In addition to its SBA loan program, it also offers a venture capital system called the Small Business Investment Company (SBIC.) Here’s what you need to know about this program: The SBIC was established in 1958 by Congress in order to get more financing to growing businesses. It allows […]

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 […]

When you are in need of some working capital for your business or a round of funding for a new business stage, getting your hands on that cash can be much harder than it should be. It usually takes much more work and perseverance than just going down to your bank and asking for a small business loan. It can be an arduous and exhausting process to track down the right funding. When you do not have either the time or the expertise to do that, you might consider hiring a lending advisor. A lending […]

When starting a brand-new business, coming up with all the necessary financing can be a challenge. Most banks will not consider startups for small business loans and without a business credit history it can be difficult to get funding from alternative lenders as well. One option for procuring working capital that startup entrepreneurs can consider is bootstrapping by consulting as a side job. Startups often require money for equipment, retail space, employee salaries, or inventory. Taking on a […]

No new business is devoid of setbacks and challenges. Even companies that go on to make millions of sales and find great success often make many mistakes in the early stages. While some business knowledge can only be learned the hard way, there are a few mistakes that can be avoided by learning from others’ experiences. Here are a three of the top financial mistakes to avoid as a fledging company: 1. Not Having a Cash-Flow Plan Becoming successful takes more than just opening the doors or placing […]