Getting a business loan can be a bit overwhelming for many small business owners. First you will need to determine the loan type. There are several choices when considering a small business loan; the loan product you choose is usually best determined by what you will be using the money for.
Then there is the paperwork and the qualification checklist. In the sections below, we’ll walk you through the basics of choosing the right business loan product and applying for a small business loan.
Small Business Loan Types
You receive a lump sum of cash upfront,
which you then repay with interest over a
predetermined time period.
As low as 3.5% fixed rate for a 12-month loan; Borrow $5K to $2M
Line of Credit
You can access funds up to your credit limit
and pay interest only on the money you’ve drawn.
As low as 4.8% interest
You receive upfront cash by selling your
future earnings at a discount
As low as a factor of 1.2x
A loan for small businesses that is
partially guaranteed by the Small Business
As low as 6.5% APR over a 5 to 25-year period;Borrow $500 to $5.5M
Receive funds to purchase specific
The loan term is based on the expected life
span of the equipment, and the equipment
serves as collateral for the loan.
Start Up Loans
Financing options for businesses operating
for less than 12 months.
Terms take into account owners’ credit history
How It Works
2. Speak With A Loan Specialist
Speak with a Loan Specialist who will match you with financial products 1.800.737.3751 based on your needs. Ask any questions you have!
3. Submit Documents
Your Loan Specialist will submit your package to the lender.
4. Lender Evaluation
Submit documents based on the selected financial product. Documents may include financial statements, tax returns, and bank statements.
5. Receive Funds
When approved, receive funds in your business bank account. YourLoan Specialist serves as your advocate and is there for you throughout the entire process!
Debt Service Coverage Ratio
Debt Service Coverage Ratio (DSCR) =
Net Operating Income
Total Debt Service
DSCR can be calculated on a monthly or annual basis. Let’s examine a hypothetical example.
Let’s take an average month of operations sales and expenses. Let’s assume the cash flow of your small business is $6,000 (gross sales minus expenses). Now let’s assume that your loan payments will total $1,500 per month. That makes your DSCR a 4, which is pretty strong. Most lenders will look for a score of at least 1.5 and definitely above a score of 1. A DSCR of less than 1 means you don’t have enough free cash flow to repay your loan from business operations.
Perform a Basic Return on Investment (ROI) Analysis for the Loan
This is a basic, but often overlooked exercise to determine whether it is prudent to borrow money for your business. Often, a small business owner will come upon a seemingly great idea for their business and quickly act to make it happen before carefully evaluating whether it makes financial sense.
The ROI analysis is not an easy task because it requires that you simulate business activity and speculate about unknown outcomes. However, a “best case/worst-case” analysis should be considered. One of the benefits of doing the ROI is to determine whether the amount of the loan is sufficient or too much.
Applying For A Small Business Loan
Qualifying for a small business loan will generally focus on three areas of concentration:
- Your personal credit history
- How long your company has been in business
- Your company revenues
Your Personal Credit and Small Business Loans
Chances are that if you own a small business, your lender will place a lot of importance on your personal credit score and your credit history. In fact, this is likely the most important factor in the determination as to whether you are granted a loan, the amount of the loan and your interest rate.
Managing your credit
There are several ways you can boost your credit score or FICO score. It has been reported that up to 20% of consumer credit reports contain errors that make the borrower look riskier than they are. Here are some of the popular errors found:
- Judgements or collections accounts that are entered by unscrupulous agencies
- Judgements or collections that are simply not related to you
- Erroneous accounts or credit you never opened
- Outdated derogatory credit items on your report
If you feel that you have erroneous information on your credit report you have a few options. Each of the major credit reporting agencies must provide you with a way to dispute any negative information on your credit report. Once disputed, it is the obligation of agency reporting the negative information to provide proof of its validity within 30 days. If proof is not provided within this period of time, the derogatory information is automatically removed by law.
If you have any outstanding debts, contact your creditors, pay-off your debts and ensure that they report the payoffs to the credit reporting agencies.
Understanding how your credit score is calculated can be helpful in helping you improve it. Below is an approximate breakdown of what goes into your credit score.
How Long You Have Been in Business
A large percentage of new businesses will fail within the first five years of existence.
- 20% of small businesses fail in their first year,
- 30% of small business fail in their second year, and.
- 50% of small businesses fail after five years in business.
- Finally, 30% of small business owners fail in their 10th year in business.
So it’s understandable that lenders will want to know that your company will be able to survive long enough to repay its loan. Most lenders will want to see that your company has been around for longer than two years and continues to grow.
How Much Revenue and Free Cash Flow is in Your Business
This is pretty obvious. If your company does not have sufficient revenue, it wont be able to repay its loans. Lenders will need to see that you have sufficient free cash flow to repay your loans. In most cases, a lender will qualify you for a small percentage of your annual revenue to be sure you’ll always have the cash on hand to make your loan repayments.