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Your First Business Loan: 7 Tips on Getting the Best One

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Congratulations on considering getting your first business loan!

This step typically means you’ve been in business for a while, have sustained profits and are providing needed products or service to your community. You’ve beaten out 95% of other business owner wannabes!

Most likely, you’ve gotten here by taking careful, conservative steps. Continue your careful habits by researching the smartest ways to get your first business loan.

1. Understand Your Options

While you’ll certainly be grateful for receiving your first business loan, keep in mind that you’re providing valued business for a lender as well. Take the time to see how you can get the funds you need at the lowest rates and best terms.

Business financing comes in many forms: business loans, business credit cards, business line of credit and invoice factoring. Another instrument, the merchant advance is an early payment of the income you regularly receive through credit and debit cards. It’s typically a quick turnaround, paid back to the lender once those monthly funds come in. Understand the needs of your business and/or industry before you jump on the decision of getting a business loan.

2. Analyze Your Credit

A business’s credit rating dictate the interest rates of any loan you consider. Your business credit score and personal credit score both impact the lender’s decision. Personal credit scores indicate how well you handle money. Cash flow, expenses, and assets all figure in to how much a lender will approve and for what rate. The sources lenders use to determine your interest rate also vary. For example, Dun and Bradstreet will take nothing but your payment history. Experian and Equifax consider public records, legal filing and collection agency.
Those with a low credit score can get a business loan, but their options are limited.

3. Shore up Your Business Credit Score

Hopefully, you’ve avoided mixing your personal and business finances. Overlapping accounts complicate your business loan eligibility and even your taxes. The earlier you establish a separate business account, the better, as you build a business credit history this way.

4. Improve Your Credit Score Before You Apply

Review your credit report and settle all overdue bills. You can even consider consolidating your credit card balances into a personal loan, a move that impresses the credit bureaus and lenders because you’re paying off a higher level of the capital on a regular basis. The personal loan sends the signal that you aren’t looking to a bankruptcy filing to escape your debts.
Reducing your credit balances also improves your credit score, particularly if you use only 30% of the credit banks are willing to lend to you. Also, do not close an account just because you’ve paid it off. Keep that credit line open.

5. Make a Specific Request

When applying for a business loan, borrowers get farther when they know their numbers (as anyone who watches Shark Tank knows well.) Be ready to show the lender the figures behind just how much money you need to accomplish your goals and what those goals will do for the business. This is also where a thorough business plan can come in handy.

6. Study Financial Statements

Prepare the business’s income statement, balance sheet and statement of cash flow. After this you can prepare the documents like tax returns and financial statements. Lenders will demand all of these documents to determine whether you can pay the principle and interest over a period of time.

A+ Rated First Financial Specializes in Business Loans for ALL Credit Scores

Ready to get the money to hire a new employee, acquire crucial materials or open a new branch? Apply with First Financial for a business loan and a representative will contact you within 24 hours to answer all your questions. Our automated systems and lower marketing costs translate into lower rates and fees to the business borrower. We’re proud to provide the funds America’s small businesses need to propel the economic recovery and employ others.


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