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5 Ways to Quickly Pay Off Business Debt
August 24, 2020

5 Ways to Quickly Pay Off Business Debt

As a small business owner, you know that managing your business’ finances is very important. Still, it can be difficult to determine when having debt can be useful and when it needs to be paid off. Although going into temporary debt may have been necessary to start your business, taking too long to pay off loan balances or credit card debt can cause problems.

Businesses with excessive outstanding debt may experience decreased cash flow due to interest payments. In addition, they may have difficulty accessing additional capital, and depending on the business structure, may even experience a negative impact on their credit scores.

If your business is in a financial situation like this, you should try to repay your debt as quickly as possible. Fortunately, there are numerous debt reduction strategies available to small business owners.

In this post, we’ll review how you can pay off your small business’s debt

How Can You Pay Off Your Business Debt?

1. Create a Strict Monthly Budget

Even if a lender is willing to extend your loan term, that doesn’t mean that it’s the right decision for your business. Paying off debt in a shorter period will cost more on a monthly basis. Plus, the amount that you owe will be less, because there’s less time for the debt to accumulate.

Typically, the amount of new money you owe your lenders will eventually be greater than the amount you can earn by investing. While a reasonable ROI to expect on an investment is under 10 percent, a typical business credit card may have an APR that’s upwards of 24 percent. This means that when you’re creating a monthly budget, debt should be considered one of your highest priorities.

2. Decrease Your Business’s Spending

To maintain your operations, there are expenses like payroll and rent that you must consistently afford. However, there are also costs that you can cut. For example, perhaps you pay for a weekly catered breakfast, or use marketing services that aren’t generating leads. Until you pay off your debt, try cutting costs when you can to save money.

To monitor your spending, you should create a functioning budget on a line-by-line basis. When you do this, you should first review your loan’s interest rate. Then, assign an ROI value to every expense that isn’t necessary. If the item in question yields a lower ROI than your term loan’s APR, you should eliminate that expense.

After creating your budget, you may be surprised by how many expenses your business has that don’t justify being deeply in debt to maintain.


3. Consider Debt Consolidation

If your business has multiple debt payments due to different lenders, then you may want to consolidate your debt. Although debt restructuring firms are often criticized for being misleading, if you’re able to find a high-quality consolidator, you may be able to reduce the total amount that you owe.

If you consolidate your debt, it can serve multiple purposes. Having all your debts in one place makes it easier to submit monthly payments. Plus, you may also be able to access more flexible payment options.

4. Negotiate with Your Lenders

If the structure of your business’ debt isn’t working for you, contact your lenders to discuss your loan terms. Typically, lenders will be willing to renegotiate the payment period, monthly interest rate, and the total amount of debt that’s owed.

Lenders are unlikely to dismiss your debt. However, if you’re flexible, you may be able to negotiate a mutually beneficial exchange. For example, if you make payments on-time, your lenders may be willing to decrease your interest rates.

Most likely, the lender will want to work with you again in the future if you’re a good borrower. Therefore, you shouldn’t be afraid to discuss your repayment options with them.

5. Increase Revenue

Another way to reduce your debt is to grow your business and increase sales. Offer new products or services, extend your business hours, or try some new marketing tactics. It can be challenging to know exactly what will resonate with your audience. However, if you know that certain methods work for your business, focus on them as you try to lessen debt.

Conclusion: Make Paying Off Debt a Priority!

As a business owner, having a large amount of debt can be very stressful. However, if you can pay at least some of it back every month, you’ll be moving in a positive direction.

To reduce debt, create a strict business budget, decrease expenses, and negotiate when necessary. By doing this, your business will make significant financial progress!

Do you have any tips for business owners working to eradicate their outstanding debt? Share them with us in the comment section!

Editor’s Note: This post was updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness in August 2020.

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Andrew Paniello
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Andrew is an experienced writer with a degree in Finance from the University of Colorado. His primary interests are investing, entrepreneurship, and economics.