Hire A Good Accountant Or Subscribe To Reputable Accounting Software
Even before you even consider applying for a small business loan, you need to have organized finances that not only make paying taxes easier, but also let you keep tabs on cash flow, profits, losses and important purchases. But once you do decide you need a loan, you will need many financial documents that detail all of these aspects of your business, so hiring a good accountant or investing in high quality accounting software is important so you can prepare such documents. What lenders want to see is a business that’s shown good financial management throughout its history, and one that’s headed in the right direction and able to follow through with loan payment obligations.
Create A Detailed Business Plan
Along with the documents you and your accountant will need to bring when you apply for a loan, you will need to present a business plan. This is not just simply a summary of your business idea or a brief description of how your business works. This is a thorough document that explains who owns the business and makes the primary decisions, how many people are employed there, detailed business investment and growth plans, who the customers or clients are, what kind of property it operates out of, and so much more. If you’ve never created a business plan before, there are business plan development software and online consulting services out there that can help you create a professional one to present.
Check With The SBA For Guidance
The Small Business Administration (SBA) is a federal agency that has created small business loan programs meant to help smaller organizations get off the ground. If you don’t qualify for a regular business loan either due to a limited credit history or being a newer business, you may be able to qualify for an SBA loan through a lender who offers them. But even if you don’t, you can find a lot of very useful information on their website such as business startup guidelines or news on local business seminars.
Cleanup Errors On Your Credit Profile
No matter what kind of business financing you apply for, there will usually be a credit check done on both your personal and business credit. It may only be your personal credit that’s checked if your business has not had any debt so to speak of, but still it’s important to know what both your FICO score and report look like. Having less than good credit doesn’t mean you’re completely disqualified from getting small business loans in Fayetteville NC, but the lower it is the more you will pay in interest rates. You need to always make payments on time to keep up your credit score, but you can also check your credit report by going to www.annualcreditreport.com and ordering a free copy. If you have any business credit history, checking and fixing your credit reports from the business credit bureaus will cost money and can take a little more effort to resolve. But in the long run it’s worth it.
Once you’ve done your homework, you can choose from a variety of secured or even unsecured business loans either for short-term or long-term financing. Secured loans may take slightly longer for approval if assets used as collateral need to be appraised, but we can help you get your funds in a timely manner. Contact us to find out more about our Fayetteville, NC small business financing options.