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4 Ways to Improve Your Odds of Getting a Business Loan
March 07, 2018
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4 Ways to Improve Your Odds of Getting a Business Loan

Getting a business loan can be a very demanding task, and even after applying, there is no guarantee that you’ll get approved. Understandably, lenders must be prudent when approving business owners for a loan. If they aren’t confident in your ability to repay the loan, providing you with financing could put their operations at risk.

Don’t lose hope, though! In this blog post, we’ll share four ways that can increase your odds of getting approved for a small business loan.

Consider the Time-Frame

It is important to understand that it’s very unlikely that you’ll sign a few papers and receive a business loan moments later.

When applying through a bank, the loan approval process can take weeks if not months. If you apply to an alternative lender, it will likely take less time. Still, it’s important to consider when you’ll require financing, and determine if the bank or lender will be able to provide the loan in time.

If you need immediate financing, start your application as soon as possible. Many entrepreneurs make the mistake of applying for a loan after they’ve already started a big-budget project, or need financing due to an emergency. This creates complications, and you could run into financial struggles if you don’t have a loan on-time.

Prepare a Solid Business Plan

Write a concise business plan that outlines your plans prior to applying for a loan. Consider any upcoming challenges, and take the time to make solid calculations for how you’ll use a business loan. The more specific you are, the easier you’ll it will be for the lender to determine if you qualify, and provide you with a deal that fits your needs.

Improve Your Credit Scores

To qualify for a business loan, your personal and business credit scores will be taken into consideration. Having favorable credit scores is crucial for people who are applying for business loans, and a poor score can often disqualify you. Therefore, you should build a respectable personal and business credit score so that you can increase your chances of approval. If you currently have low scores, we suggest improving them prior to applying!

To improve your credit scores, identify suppliers that report to business credit bureaus, open a separate business checking account, and pay all your bills on time. In addition, paying off any debt that you’ve accumulated can majorly improve your score. Ultimately, running a financially-responsible business will enable you to boost your credit score, and increase the likelihood that you’re approved for a loan.

Consult Professionals

Of course, not everything can be done alone; sometimes getting assistance is the best option. Consulting a business loan adviser can help you improve your application. Often, these professionals will determine how much money you need and will be able to provide tips on how to receive the best possible terms. In addition, you might also benefit from asking fellow business owners about their experiences. Find out the lender they used, and determine if this company could provide your business with a loan too!

Do you have tips for business owners pursuing a business loan? Let us know in the comment section below!

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David Simmons is a financial analyst and accounting expert. He has in-depth knowledge about setting up small businesses as well as creating profitable investments. He regularly contributes articles related to business and loans at eBroker.