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Funding A Business With A Bad Credit History

Aug 17, 2007
Most businesses have a time in their life when they need funds in order to grow. What do you do, however, when you need the money to grow, but you also have bad credit? Many banks will not give a loan under such circumstances. It is considered a potentially bad risk. Today, there are actually a number of places where you can still get that loan you need. Here are a few things you can do to fund your business venture.

Starting A Business

If you are just starting a new business, as an entrepreneur, then getting that new loan is tied to your own credit ratings. If you have bad credit, the easiest way to get the loan you need is to get a secured loan. This means that you put up something as collateral for the financing. The only thing is, you want to be quite sure that you can pay off the loan, since your house (or car) is probably tied to it.

Higher Interest

An unsecured loan is also a possibility, but you probably will not be able to get as much (probably about half as much, or less) as with a secured loan. Loan agencies look at a credit rating as a reference of your likelihood to pay. If you show them some collateral, this will make them pretty happy. If you do not, you will not come away with as much money. But in either case, a bad credit rating will get you a much higher interest rate.

Loans Available

Although your bank probably will not give you the loan, there are many other agencies available that will. It will be easiest to find them through the Internet, and where you also have the convenience of applying online.

Do Some Comparison Shopping

You should apply for your business loan at a Website where you can get several offers from the same application. This will definitely simplify things. Otherwise, you will need to be filling out many forms - many times. It would be a real good idea to apply at more than one Website, too. Then, after you get the various offers, you need to sit down and take some time to determine which one you really want, and which one is most suitable to your financial situation and goals. By looking around, and not being in such a hurry, you probably can find a good loan with some rather decent interest rates and lower payments, too.

Check The Institutions Credibility

Before you sign the dotted line though, because you are so happy that they will fund your new business, you need to check out the agency to make sure it is a legitimate business. There is a whole lot of fraud going on these days and you don't want it to further effect your credit rating.

Build Your Credit Rating

The best loans, of course, come when you have a good credit rating. You may want to consider the possibility of taking out a small loan first, and pay it off quickly in order to start repairing that bad rating. Keep this loan small because it will have high interest, start to repair your rating, and then go for the bigger loan that has a lower level of interest. There are also other things you can do, too, to get your rating in a good condition.
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Joe Kenny writes for the Credit Card Guide, offering views on UK credit cards, visit them today for some great 0% balance transfers and start clearing credit card debt today.
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