Any helpful primers I should know about before I apply for a bank loan?
I want to apply for a small business loan. The banks I have researched so far have pretty tight standards for applying. Is there anything I can show or do beforehand to increase my chances of getting a loan?
It depends on how much money you need to open your business. The larger the loan, the higher the requirements, logical and understandable. There is an option to split the amount into several small loans and get them in different places.
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Apply for a direct business loan, with no personal guarantee is very difficult. Even with a personal guarantee, it is an up high challenge.
Business loans and the difficulty depend on your business, products or services sold, personal information, risk, and other factors.
Alternative leading can provide much need gap or bridge to acquiring funds.
First, decide what type of loan you want?
Business Line of Credit
Merchant Cash Advance
Unsecured Business Loan
Business Acquisition Loan
If you decide to go with alternative funding. Please research the company and read the terms of the loan. Beware of Confession of Judgment statements. There are several good companies in the space, but many not so reputable companies.
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First, go around to all the banks and see where the good conditions are, let the manager consider you a reward and then have a choice for you. In our country can be set simultaneously in three banks, if file more is considered fraud.
Here are a few items to prepare before applying.
1. Investment Assets Portfolio
2. High Credit Score
3. Established Business Growth and Profits Report
4.Concise Business Plan (A written business plan showing how the loan will contribute to business growth and profit, including how the loan will be paid back over time.)
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Hi Renata, check your capacity to pay back the loan. Florence MacDonald
Renata, all the replies you've received are great information though you may want to consider an independent / community bank. They have a vested interest in helping small businesses but since the recession it's become difficult to obtain financing as you know. FinTech lenders may be another option too.
Yes. Make sure you can prove that you don't actually need the loan before you apply.
Some great answers here already and I agree with all the points.
As a business mentor and someone who helps entrepreneurs with securing startup investment, there are other opportunities and avenues for raising startup cash aside from the banks, family and friends etc., however, if you still feel a small business loan (depending on the type of business) from the bank is the way to go, here's a checklist (as advised by one of the banks I work with) and in no particular order;
1. Investment Type - What category investment are you looking for? Asset financing, overdrafts, cashflow or operational costs.
2. Industry Sector - for risk assessment, is it a heavy cash injection venture and on what terms.
3.You - Who are they lending to, have they got relationship with the bank already, history,are they trustworthy, what experience(s) do they bring to the table.
4.Abilities - what is their business and is the plan consistent with their pitch? Have they researched their market and what qalifications do they hold - for tgeir proposed trade and last but not least, their ability to sustain the loan.
5. Margins - Again Risk assessment againt reward (ROI),
6. The team or the person(s) - Are they trustworthy, are their intentions legitimate and can that be verified? Compatibiliy with the type of industry they're in - and bolis down to whether they believe you're right for that business (yes - gut feeling comes into play - afterall, you're dealing with people)
7. Why - why do they want the money? Can they rsise it any other way. Is it in line with the business financial assumptions,
8.How - How are they proposing to pay back and is the amount consistent with what they want to do with it?
9. Collateral - how much have they invested already or what stake is there in the business (assuming you already used some borrowed money to get started.)
10. Insurance - Is there an insurance policy in place (ie; Key man cover, Interest rate protection etc.) Securities against lending etc...
Recap - Character, Ability, Purpose, ROI and Repayments - Cash is KING...and finally "gut instincts"
Hope this helps as a starting point - feel free to connect if I can be of further help.
Best of luck..
Renata, to supplement what Mark stated previously, at the very least you need a rock solid business plan, a lot of expertise and a good chunk of collateral.
I see you are from Houston, I suggest contacting the local SCORE chapter at scorehouston.org. SCORE mentors work with the prospective business owner and the SBA to assure that you won't get blindsided when you approach the bankers for a loan. Also, you may find your funding requirements are lower than you think, or you may not need an initial loan at all.
SCORE is loaded with very experienced people that can help in virtually any industry or discipline and there is no charge for SCORE services.
Best of luck.