Is your money shrinking and you feel like you need a business loan? Too many people feel the pressure of throwing together a loan package quickly. These are three identifiable and proven ways to improve your chances of getting a business loan.
Apply for a business Loan with your Business Name Instead of Your Given Name: For instance, use your business loan, “Sarah’s Block Company” versus your given name – “Sara Smart.” The reason you need to apply for a business loan in your business name is because it is a business loan – Not a personal loan. The banks and loan institutions are more than happy to help your business with a business loan, but they shy away from making a business loan to a person. Having a business that is a corporation or LLC improves your rate of success – For example, an S-Corp, C-Corp, or LLC.
Sole Proprietors have difficulty as business owners getting a business loan because they lack the same credibility of being identified as a ‘business’ that goes with a business formed as a corporation – A business that is complete with By-Laws, tax ID number and business bank account. A business portrays the ‘image’ of success better than a person does. It’s because of that, that lending institutions work better for those business people. As a sole proprietor, a person ‘appears’ to be acting in their own interests as an individual-instead of a business. Loans to sole proprietors are rated on the personal credit history and not a separate business history for the credit reporting agencies. That doesn’t look good to loaning institutions.
On December 17, 2008, the prime rate in the United States was dropped from 4.00% to 3.25%, the level that it currently stands at right now. The lower interest rate was initiated by the Federal Reserve to stimulate lending to individuals and businesses, the first salvo in the war to combat economic recession. On the surface, it appears to have made very little difference. The economy in the United States still declined and unemployment rose to a record high rate of over 10% in some states. Despite that, there’s no way of knowing how much worse things would be, were it not for the lower prime rate. Today, as the nation crawls out from the hole it’s been in, businesses are beginning to look for funding to expand or in some cases just to stay afloat.
There is a process involved in getting this funding, requiring a step by step approach and some knowledge of exactly how to get a business loan. That process begins with an evaluation of needs, continues with an examination of loans and funding options available, and hopefully culminates in a business loan which will help your company achieve its goals. It’s not as simple as it once was, when all you had to do was show up at your bank and put some collateral up to get a loan. Credit score is now a factor, as is credit and payment history. The nature and success rate of businesses in your industry will also be taken into account. After what was a horrific three year period for banks and lending institutions, you’re not going to be approved for a business loan without some heavy duty footwork on your part.
Evaluating Your Needs for a Business Loan