Having access to additional capital is a struggle for many small business owners. They know they have a solid plan to grow their business exponentially, but they don’t know where to turn to get that extra capital they need to make it all a reality. If this is you, it’s time to listen up.
Delancey Street offers a wide variety of financial products to help you get the capital your business needs to grow in this ever-changing culture. A few of the most popular products we offer are merchant cash advances, lines of credit, and small business loans. We approve loans for all types of businesses up to two million dollars each. With Delancey, you can expect a quick application process, fast funding, and flexible repayment programs to fit the current income of your business.
Deciding To Get A Small Business Loan
It’s vital to realize that a small business loan is a big undertaking for any business owner. It’s a financial commitment that you’re going to make with the lender. You should be sure that you’re fully capable of repaying the loan debt as well as interest comfortably. You don’t want to overstretch the financial abilities of your business.
Along with deciding if your business can financially handle a small business loan, you should be clear on your intentions for the loan money. Is the purpose of your loan application for funding payroll, an expansion, a new project, new equipment, consolidating old business loans, or something else? Start with discovering the actual purpose of your loan. This will reveal to you how much you’ll need to ask for when applying for credit.
A Closer Look At Your Credit Scores
Loans are awarded based on credit scores. This includes both your personal credit score and that of your business. A credit score is a number that effectively tells a lender if you’re a responsible borrower or not. Since there are a plethora of resources online to explain the ins and outs of the credit score grading system, we’re not going to go into too much detail here. However, we are going to take a look at how the opposite ends of the credit spectrum play a role in your loan application.
Those business owners with a high credit score are more likely to receive the lowest interest rates on their small business loan. This is because they are considered less risky for the lender. Those with a good credit score have a strong history of paying their bills on time and not taking on more debt than they can effectively manage. Those with a poor credit score may not get approved for the loan or will be approved with higher interest rates for their loan terms. This is because those with a low credit score are considered more risky borrowers with a higher chance of defaulting on the loan.
It’s a great idea to take some time and pull your personal credit scores. See where you stand on the scale of poor to great. If you’re high on the scale, it’s time to apply for a loan. If you’re on the lower end of the scale, you may want to spend a few months building up your credit score before applying for a small business loan so you can receive better rates. Realize that a borrower with a great credit score who was offered the best rate possible on a small business loan is going to save thousands of dollars in interest as compared to a poor credit score borrower who received a higher interest rate on their loan.
Your Business Finances
Before any lending institution is going to give you money in the form of a small business loan, they’re going to want to assess the financial health of your business. They do this by evaluating your financial statements. These include your cash flow statement, balance sheet, and income statement. It’s ideal to have these documents gathered up into an easy-to-read portfolio. This way they’re available at the time you submit your application. Otherwise, you may notice a delay in your application approval while a loan specialist follows up with you to get these financial statements.