Secured Business Loans: the Sky is your Limit!

By: Marsha Claire

"Thinking out of the box," "thinking big" are things we always talk about but rarely follow ourselves. Although this vague philosophy can be applied to a lot of things, I'm strictly talking about business. When you start an enterprise all by yourself or even in partnership, there are several things that need to be well thought at the start of course, but more essentially in the process, for your business concept to materialize.

According to economics, as production increases, so does the cost and of course the profit is part of the game. However, no business is 100% assured of it's profit margins maintaining itself. In any business there's always a high and a low. There are various factors that need constant supply of capital. Some of them include man-power, office space (if rented), machinery maintenance, additional office supplies, etc. For those businesses, whose profits are barely sufficient to meet their costs, there are Secured Business Loans.

Secured Business Loans assist entrepreneurs in putting in the finance for the business to go on. A Secured Business Loan helps fund everything that involves money and is necessary for a business to run. For example, rent of the office space, additional office machinery and stationery, employee salaries, extension of a license, documentation, raw material purchase for actual production, etc.

There are a lot of variants in the category of business. There are Business Start-up Loans too, that gain a large audience in this matter. These loans, however; are solely restricted to new businesses. The amount loaned helps an emerging entrepreneur to kick-start his business from scratch. Business Start-up Loans are not meant for existing businesses.

Secured Business Loans, on the other hand, help in the up-keep, maintenance and expansion of established businesses. These loans usually approve amount ranging from ?5,000 to ?3,00,000. However, these amounts too, vary from business to business. While loaning you the money, your lender will take into account your business details-nature and scope of the business, balance sheet, profit and loss in the past years, etc. Depending on this, your lender will gauge your repayment potential and accordingly approve an amount that he sees fit. It is therefore very essential to maintain a perfect balance sheet and a good company profile. All these small factors help make the big difference.

Being secured, these loans require borrowers to pledge collateral of comparable amount against them. Collateral can be offered in the form of property, bank accounts, etc. In the event that the borrower fails to keep up with the repayment schedule, a lender can seize the collateral and chase the borrower through the legal system. Secured Business Loans offer you a fair term within which you are expected to repay your money. These terms vary between 5and 30 years. Even this limit varies in accordance with your collateral value, company details, etc.

The success of your business is always in your own hands. Remember to keep this in mind when you take your Secured Business Loan. Do your groundwork well, find the best deal for yourself and then make sure you repay your loan on time.

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