Financing Avenues for Small Businesses

By: Alfred Anderson

Being a successful entrepreneur is a dream come true for all those who strive to be one. While it sounds very exiting to be the owner/ decision maker of a business, the fact needs to be considered that the first step towards a successful business is to plan the inflow of finances well. Most small businesses raise their start-up capital and meet their working capital requirements through loans. Though the market offers a range of financing options, it is up to the entrepreneur to choose the option that works best for the business. Thus a good understanding in this regard is a prerequisite.

An exhaustive analysis of the current financial status should be done before applying for any loan. The repayment of the loan will depend on your future returns and so essential considerations should be the growth plan of business, the possible return on investment over the years and other possible parameters as well. Once this is done, look for the various available financing options and choose the one that best satisfies your needs.

Loans are primarily of two types i.e. secured and unsecured. Secured loans are lent in exchange of a security/ a lien on the title of the property until the loan amount is repaid in full to the financial institution. In the event of a default in repayment, the bank can take the possession of the property that had been mortgaged by the borrower.

Unsecured loans do not require any form of mortgage or security. However the interest rates charged are generally higher than that of secured loans. The sanction of such a loan depends on the past credit history and the financial capacity of the borrower. A good credit score along with a stable financial condition is essential to become eligible for an unsecured loan.

Though secured and unsecured loans are by far the most popular forms of financing, an entrepreneur can also explore other avenues like a business cash advance. A business cash advance neither requires a collateral nor a high credit score. Any business that accepts credit cards as a form of payment for their product sales can opt for a cash advance. Additionally some financial institutions may specify a minimum age of the business and sales per month for the company. Unlike other forms of loans, an unsecured loan holder does not have to constantly worry about repaying the monthly installments. The repayments are adjusted automatically with the credit card sales.

Financing a business at the grass root level calls for thorough financial assessment. Whether one opts for a secured loan, an unsecured loan or a Business Cash Advance, the goal should be to optimally meet the financial requirements from time to time.

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