A Personal Loan for Setting Up an Online Business

By: Lara Sawyer

Are you thinking about setting up an online business and earning some profits thanks to the internet? Do you need the funds to purchase the hardware and software needed and maybe pay for some advertising campaign? Though a business loan may sound as the most suitable solution for such purpose, an alternative (and often more feasible) solution for financing the set up of an online business is resorting to a personal loan.

Business loans are meant for businesses and there is no doubt about that. The question is: for what businesses? And that is the main problem with this kind of loans. Most business loans require an already running business with at least 3 years of credit history. Personal loans, on the other side, can be used for almost anything and thus, though they may not be designed for that specific purpose, with the aid of other financial tools they can provide the funding needed.

Personal Loan For Starting An Online Business

The funds you can obtain from a personal loan have no specific limit. It all depends on your income and credit score. For long term loans and with a good income and credit you can obtain up to $50,000 or even $100,000 without security.

However, the average higher loan amounts requested range from $10,000 to $20,000 which are good amounts for starting an online business. Chances are that hardware will only require less than $5,000 and thus, the rest can be used for advertisement and administrative purposes.

In order to qualify for a personal loan you will have to go through credit verification processes. Thus, if your credit is too low, you might not be able to get approved for this kind of loans. However, you can always resort to other financial products that though may be more expensive in terms of financing, can also provide you with the funds needed to start your own business online. You may have to pay higher interests but you will still be able to fulfill your dream.

Other Financial Tools That Might Help

Credit Cards and lines of credit are great financial tools for starting up an online business. Actually, both are lines of credit, the only difference is that credit cards are more familiar to the general public. Lines of credit tend to charge higher interest rates than loans but the flexibility they provide is a characteristic that a starting business can particularly benefit from. Thus, it is a good idea to consider a line of credit unless you have already made financial arrangements for all your future expenses and you are sure that the money you plan to request will be enough.

A line of credit provides a revolving account. You can request the money you need and return it as you please with only minimum payments (just like credit cards). There is only a credit limit that you need to keep but as soon as you repay a portion of the balance, that amount is again available for you to borrow if you ever need it again. You will not have to qualify for finance each time, you just withdraw the money and repay it as you desire.

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