The Right Loan for Your Business
The Right Loan for Your Business
As a business owner, you know when it comes to cash flow and unexpected setbacks, it’s not a matter of if, but rather when. Even the most successful businesses will need to look to outside financing options from time to time. Whether you have unforeseen expenses, seasonal fluctuations in sales, or are considering expansion, you may need to seek a business loan. Searching for the right business loan to fit your needs can be daunting, and under pressure, impossible. It’s best to be aware of your options before misfortune strikes, so you can be prepared when it does. Business leaders agree that business financing decisions shouldn’t be made during crisis mode.
Knowing what questions to ask - and who to ask - is step one. You’re going to want to shop around and ask questions about fee policies and structures. For instance, are there fees for prepayment or late fees? A bank or loan company will likely want to know about your business revenue too and it may help to look for lenders that have worked with other businesses that are similar to yours. Another point to note, is that while some lending companies use a computer based algorithm to establish fees, others may take into account industry-related circumstances, which may benefit your business in the long run.
Look to experts you know and trust to guide your research and decision making when it comes to your business loan. Bob Dickins of Eaton Community Bank has decades of experience matching business owners to loan solutions. Dickens knows the local markets and the challenges that local small businesses face and he’s happy to answer all your lending questions. “I work hard to ensure that the loan you receive is the loan that best fits your business’ needs and that process is smooth and timely. I realize as a business owner, that your time is valuable and your situation is unique.” A trusted lending partner is invaluable to ensure you get the right loan for your unique business needs.
Eaton Community Bank also has a partnership with the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) of Michigan to offer small business owners a wealth of resources to assist you with your business management. There are training events, COVID resources, and experts available to consult with you about your business needs.
Types of Financing
Term loans are lump sums that can be paid back over a longer length of time with interest. You may qualify for a Small Business Administration (SBA) loan which can also sometimes offer longer repayment terms and lower interest rates. Term loans are best for one time investments in your business aimed at producing additional revenue, like large equipment purchases or facility expansion.
A line of credit for your business allows you to access funds when you need them. Credit lines are often used for short term purchases, when waiting for expected revenue for example - so you can repay the credit when paid by your customer. Typically lines of credit have variable interest rates.
A business credit card is another short term solution that offers revolving credit when you need it. Business credit cards usually come with higher interest rates and are convenient for day-to-day expenses and tracking expenses. Some cards also offer rewards or points toward cash back or travel, which can add up quickly and save money in the long run.
In doing research on lending companies, you should also prepare your own business accounting information so that it will be easy to access when you need it. Important documents like your federal employer ID number, and information like gross revenue, company start date, and credit score will be requested. Know before approaching a lending company if you’ll need additional funding later, what you’ll be using the money for specifically, and whether you’re looking for a quick capital or a long-term financing solution. Knowing where you stand with your business will help you ask the right questions up front and feel confident in your lending solution.