How to Apply for a Small Business Loan

Small Business Loan

Applying for loans for small business is more complicated than applying for a personal loan. Lenders want to know all of the details of your business, including your cash flow and your plans for the money. Lenders are also curious about how you plan to repay the money and how long it will take. Before you complete a small business loan application, be sure to come prepared.

Type up a complete description of your business that you can provide to potential lenders. You’ll need basic information, such as your business name, function, size, location and number of employees, as well as information about your company’s finances, such as your annual income, future development plans and your overhead costs. Bring information about your educational and management experience or that of your business manager.

In addition to the financial health of your business, come prepared to provide your lender with information about the state of your personal finances, such as your credit history, debt and savings amounts. Do not be surprised if your lender request collateral from you or your business before approving your loan.

Do not fear if you are unable to get approved for a traditional small business loan. The Small Business Administration backs small business loans for businesses that are unable to secure traditional financing. The loans are backed by the federal government for between 50 and 90 percent of their values – offering lenders and incentive to provide financing to otherwise ineligible applicants. SBA loans have much more flexible standards than traditional loans, although they may take much longer to be approved. In fact, if you apply for an SBA loan, expect to wait several weeks or months before getting your cash.

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How to Apply for a Small Business Loan was last modified: January 14th, 2012 by Amit Kraidman
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