Monday, March 10, 2014

How to Get a Small Business Loan



What to Consider and How to Apply for Funding

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Some small businesses are truly an investment of not only time but also money. One way that many entrepreneurs secure the funds they need is through a small business loan. Although this is a great way to get a small business off the ground, there are many things that need to be considered and researched before even stepping foot into a bank or financial institution to receive a loan. Here we will discuss different considerations, proper planning, and tips for applying for a small business loan.

Guarantee a Sounds Business Venture

When thinking about starting a small business, it is important to do research and gather information to make sure the business will be successful – not only for you but also for the bank or financial institution that will be extending the business loan. Once you have found something you are passionate about and want to go into business to do, research the area in which the business will be located, if there is an interest in the products or services that will be offered and the local competition. All of these factors will play an important role in the businesses overall success.

Have a Complete and Cohesive Business Plan

Once you have determined how successful the small business can be, it is vitally important to create a business plan to help keep the venture on track. This document will also be important when pitching the business to a bank or financial institution and will play an important role in determining whether or not they approve the small business loan application. Some things that should be included in a good business plan are a clear, concise executive summary, market opportunity information, information on direct and indirect competitors, as well as an outline as to how the business venture will be executed.

What Information Do You Need When Applying for a Small Business Loan

Although all banks and financial institutions have different standards when receiving applications for small business loans, there is some general information you should have available when applying. Along with the strong business plan, make sure to provide information on personal credit history and financial statement, business credit history and financial statements for any existing or start-up businesses, cash flow expectations for at least the first year of business and personal guaranties from all business owners regarding the small business loan.

What Banks and Financial Institutions Consider When Considering a Small Business Loan

Again, all banks and financial institutions are different, but there are some considerations all lending organizations will make. First and foremost, they want to make sure you and/or the business will have the ability to pay back the loan – this is probably the most important factor that is considered when dealing with business loans. Also, lenders will make sure the loan is going to a sound business venture that is well planned and set-up for success. Finally, they will look at the personal integrity of you and any of your business partners to make sure they are loaning funds to upstanding individuals.

When it comes to starting a small business, finances can be a big hurdle many people cannot conquer. Luckily, many banks and financial institutions can and will extend small business loans to help get these ventures off the ground and headed for success. By making sure to truly analyze the market, create a strong business plan and have all financial information available to the lending organization, it can be easier to apply for and secure a small business loan.

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