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Business Loans for Small Businesses

Apr 21, 2008
Things are going along well for your business. Sales have never been better, debts are being repaid, and cash reserves, though modest, are starting to grow. Then the unthinkable happens; fuel costs go through the roof, the price of supplies skyrockets, and sales are showing signs of a steady decrease. Those modest cash reserves are shrinking up fast, and you don't know where the money will come from to see your business through this very difficult time. The answer: a business loan.

Although the above is one scenario, it is certainly not the only reason to consider a business loan. It could be for funding the startup of a new business, or to finance an expansion project that will help your business to grow or enter into new markets or expand product lines. There are numerous reasons why a business might need additional financing. The issue is, once you determine that you need the money, you need to also figure out where to find the money, and how to best structure the financing.

A good place to start is your local bank. If you have an existing history with a bank, they are usually very interested in starting a conversation with you about a business loan. Make an appointment to speak with the business loan manager, and they can very quickly tell you your options are, and what the requirements are to qualify for the amount you need.

Be aware that different loan amounts, and different lenders, will require differing amounts and types of financial reports and documentation. For smaller loans it may not require much more than sales figures for the past several months. Larger loans may require a more extensive business plan that will show exactly what the funds will be used for, future revenue projections, and how the business plans to repay the loan.

One way to improve your chances of qualifying for a business loan is to go through the Small Business Administration (SBA). The SBA offers guarantees on business loans for qualifying organizations. This lets the lender know that even if your business fails, the government will step in to make sure the loan is repaid. This is a very good option, especially for newer businesses that may have trouble qualifying for a conventional loan.

If you do decide to go through the SBA, be prepared to document your businesses financial need. Before they guarantee a loan, the SBA will need to know that you have a solid plan, and there is a reasonable expectation of success before they will back your loan. This usually means a well written, detailed business plan. Once they agree to back your business, it is usually a short process for the bank to have the money form the loan transferred to your businesses account.

There are many reasons your business might deed a business loan. Just know that if you find that your business is in that position, there are resources available to help you. The SBA and the banks know that businesses need cash to operate, and they can provide the help you need.
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David Castro often writes articles about Business Loans and Small Business Loans for Merchant Resources International - To Learn more Visit Us at http://www.cashprior.com.
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