What Are Business Loans?
One of the first things personal business owners need to do is establish business credit. Business credit can help you get a business only loan without using your personal credit. Establishing business credit can be done by:
1.) Opening up a business credit card account and paying it in full.
2.) Buying equipment and supplies from companies that will report good standing to the business credit bureaus.
3.) Having a good business plan with potential earnings, letters of intent, and any type of customer contracts already laid out.
All of these types of endeavors can help in receiving a business loan. Often times, financial institutions require in-depth business plans, be prepared to spend days working on just the certification paperwork prior to applying for a business loan. A business only loan can be obtained in the business name without use of personal credit as long as the business can justify the loan amount and the ability to pay it back.
There are several different types of business loans available, ranging from those secured with collateral, non-secure loans, which are based upon the credit worthiness of the applicant, and even government loans for small business ventures, women and minorities. Government loans are those loans secured by the government; in most instances these loans are available when the business or owner can prove that the community will prosper based upon the business at hand. For the most part, government loans are based upon personal credit.
The basis for which you may need or require a business loan may vary. Some of the most common business loans available to business owners are:
- Acquisitions or a loan to acquire an existing business
- Inventory loans
- Account Receivable Loans
- Working Capital Loans which converts a companies assets into working capital
- Equipment Leasing
- Commercial Property loans
- Warehouse financing
- International business loans
- Franchise loans