Being prepared is always important, but it becomes essential when it comes to taking out a business loan.
A good preliminary step is asking yourself questions that cover the most important aspects of the lending process. If you are considering taking out a business loan, think carefully about the following five points.
1.- Do I Need a Business Loan?
This question is paramount. Any loan you take out should add tangible value to your business. Smart reasons to take out a business loan include:
- Purchasing equipment.
- Purchasing inventory
- Hiring new talent.
- Increasing working capital
- Funding a startup
2.- How Much do I Need and Why?
If you determine that you do need a business loan, this is the second basic question you should ask yourself. The amount you need will vary depending on your company’s needs and your business plan. However, it’s important that you craft an articulate answer to this question because lenders may ask you to provide this information in writing.
3.- What is My Credit Score?
Your credit score is one of the factors that lenders will consider when assessing your creditworthiness. Take a look at your credit score and clear up any inaccuracies before applying for a business loan. Keep in mind that you can also improve your score by paying down debt and making payments often (no matter how little) and on time.
4.- Do I Have All the Necessary Documents?
Take the time to gather all the documents you may need. This may include business plans, financial statements, business certificates or licenses, and tax returns. Get all your ducks in a row and strive to be overprepared in order to make a good impression.
5.- Can I Afford to Make the Payments?
This is a serious question that you must answer honestly. Be realistic and remember that paying off a loan may require sacrifices such a giving up vacations and cutting some expenses. In addition, be sure to understand what amount will come out of your bank account and when.
If you have satisfactory answers to these five questions, you are ready to begin the process of taking out a business loan.
Gellyfish: Certainty of Execution in Business Loans
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