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Knowing Whether You Qualify for a Small Business Loan

In most cases, your business can qualify for some sort of financing.

 To qualify for bank or SBA lending, you usually should have: 

  • A+ credit (above 720)
  • significant time in business and/or home equity
  • significant annual sales ($1 million and above)

How Qualify for a Business Loan if You Can't go to the Bank

Almost all businesses (other than startups) can qualify for some type of financing.

You may not qualify for the financing you want though.

(That's why so many small business lenders lie to you...)

Put it this way...

The less you need the money, the better loan terms you're going to be offered.

For Unsecured Loans:

We find that businesses with good credit and are profitable can usually qualify to borrow from 25% up to 50% of their annual revenue at reasonable rates.

Here's a Breakdown of the Best Small Business Loans for Bad Credit

If you have bad credit, or show losses, you can typically borrow from 10 to 30% of your annual revenues, at less reasonable rates.

For Secured Loans

If you can put up collateral, such as equipment or real estate, your revenues and profitability are much less important.

In most cases, you can borrow up to 50% of the equity in equipment you own, (machinery/ vehicles) or sometimes up to 70% of equity in real estate.

More Small Business Loans 101:

  1. What kind of loans are out there for small business?
  2. What can I use the money for?
  3. What does small business financing cost?
  4. Do I qualify for a loan?
  5. Can a new business qualify for a small business loan?

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What Rob Thinks:

There are reasonable options for most businesses, and unreasonable options too.

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