Category: Business Loans

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 […]

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 […]

Having access to cash as a small business is crucial for growth and flexibility. Business lines of credit have always been an ideal source of financing…for those who could qualify. A traditional line of credit from a bank offers some of the lowest rates and largest credit maximums, but they also require good credit scores and proven track records of substantial annual revenue. Fortunately, for all those businesses that don’t fit that profile, many alternative lenders offer business lines of credit […]

Securing a small business loan can sometimes mean the difference between failure and survival for new and growing companies. Yet there are many mistakes some entrepreneurs make when preparing to apply for small business funding. Putting some basic principles into practice will help you avoid those mistakes and be in a better position to get that much needed cash infusion. 1. Safeguard your Credit Both your personal and business credit histories will be important to lenders evaluating your loan […]

In the wake of the financial crisis, alternative lenders popped up everywhere to fill the funding gap for small businesses. Today they continue to provide valuable financing options for many fledgling and growing companies, especially when traditional bank loans are still hard to come by. While alternative small business loans can be life-saving for some firms, it is important that entrepreneurs go into them having done their due diligence. That means having fully researched at least the following […]

There are seemingly millions of articles out there on the Internet handing out advice on how to financially run a better business and it can be difficult to sort through all the static. In reality, there are a few basic principles that when followed will lead to success time and again. 1. Have Focus and Stick to It A business will be successful and find the needed investors when it has a clear mission and fulfills a real need. It is important to define your company’s meaning and then make financial […]

Small business loans from traditional banks and lenders are often considered the gold standard among business owners. They typically offer the lowest interest rates, the most generous loan terms and the highest dollar amounts. One of the long-standing drawbacks to traditional business bank loans, however, is that they often take weeks or months to secure. The application process can be tedious and resource draining, and even when a business owner has the good credit and assets to qualify, he may […]

Building up a small business often requires lots of capital, and obtaining that capital is much easier when your business has a good credit history. But how do you create a good business credit file if your personal credit is a mess? Here are three important steps that can help you overcome that bad credit hurdle. 1. Create a Business Credit Profile First, separate your business and personal affairs legally turning your business into a corporation or a limited liability company (LLC). This will […]

For young and rising companies in search of business funding, there is no one-size-fits-all option. Venture capital and business loans are two of the most desirable choices, but they are not equally beneficial choices in every situation. There are significant differences between when each is a good fit for a growing firm. Venture Capital Seeking out venture capital is best for businesses that are young but also have the potential to become huge both geographically and financially. Venture capitalists […]