6 Elements to Consider from a Business Loan Company

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Applying or considering to apply for a loan for your business can be a stressful, but exciting time in your life. No matter the size of your business, there are so many outlets that your business can utilize in order to receive a business loan.

Rather than getting overwhelmed by the nearly endless amount of business loan companies, here are six things that you need to consider to make it easy to find the right one for your business.

1. Loan Products & Loan Rates

Each bank or business loan company will provide a different variety of loan products with different corresponding rates. It is important that you shop around and find the lowest rates possible for your needs. While you are searching for the lowest rates, be sure to also check for the types of loan products that each business loan company offers.

It is important to understand the benefits and drawbacks of each loan product to determine which is the best for your business. You will need to compare and contrast the timing of the deposit and the repayment process of each loan product with your business model.

2. Loan Amount Needed

One of the main things that will help make your decision easier is to set a clear amount of funds that you need. If the business loan company is not able to meet your needs, or will only give you an amount that you cannot afford, don’t be afraid to move on. If a business loan company cannot accommodate to your needs, this should be a big red flag for your business.

3. Terms & Conditions of the Business Loan

Although the terms and conditions of the business loan are not as crucial as the rate of the loan, you will still need to take these into consideration. Terms and conditions can greatly impact the following:

  • Your business’s cash flow
  • Offer protection
  • Your business’s credit
  • Your repayment standpoint, and more.

4. Being Able to Negotiate

Even though the loan market may be competitive, you still have the opportunity to negotiate with the business loan company. If you have received at least one business loan offer, this can be used as leverage to negotiate a better offer from another business loan company. With this, you could get an even lower rate, better terms, and more.

The Business Loan Company’s Lending Services

Before you start your search for the right business loan company, be sure to check out what other lending services they offer. This will allow you to come up with a plan of action when you meet with a financier. They may be able to get your business a great deal on other services. This can make it easy to keep all of your financing in one place and under one account.

Customer Experience

The business loan company that you choose should be able to provide you with the best customer service. Nothing is worse than having a long hold time, only to be greeted by an unpleasant agent. Find a business loan company that will work its hardest for you each and every time.

Finding a business loan company that best fits your needs may seem like a never ending process. We hope that you consider these six elements before to help make your decision fast, easy, and painless.

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About the Author:

Robert Bernfeld started in the commercial finance industry in 1974. His early years included positions with Aetna Business Credit and Foothill Group. During the next thirty five years. Mr. Bernfeld established both equipment leasing and accounts receivable factoring companies.He partnered in founding Business Facilitators, Inc. in 1999. Mr Bernfeld graduated from the University of California, Riverside in 1974 and received his Juris Doctorate from Loyola University School of Law in 1977.

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