What type Business Loans are available and how does an Entrepreneur make the best choice for their start up situation? First, let’s look at the variables involved in your unique situation and give you a checklist to use:
Startup Business Questions
Are you starting a Retail or B2B/B2G Business?
How much money do you need?
Do you have any money to put down?
How is your personal credit?
Do You have any Direct Industry Experience?
How soon do you project to be cash flow positive?
Will your business be an importer or exporter?
Let’s take these question one by one:
What type business are you starting? If you are buying and reselling goods, Invoice Factoring or PO-Purchase Order Funding is available for start-ups. Also, if you are starting a service business supplying temp staffing, guard service, trucking or IT services for example an Invoice Factoring Company can supply pre-client credit approval and be ready to fund the minute you generate an invoice.
What if you are starting a Retail or Restaurant business? There a few SBA backed programs available to you like the 7a, Micro Loan Program and Express Program. Also, there are business loans based on your credit cards receipts available after you have been in business at least 6 months call Merchant Cash Advance. There are also programs to get you $5000-25,000 in financing for equipment or other needed hard assets to get you started. Please call us for more information.
How Much Money do You Need? Different Lenders and Funding sources have different “sweet spots”. For Instance, we have programs for Invoice Factoring of $30,000-$10,000,000 per month. Others might have larger programs. Our Merchant Cash Advance program can help businesses needing $5,000-$500,000.
How Much Money do You have to Put Down? This question is more important if you are going the traditional bank route or SBA backed loan. Banks typically don’t make zero down business loans. An Invoice Factoring Company cares more about the creditworthiness of your clients.
Do You have Direct Industry Experience? This question is ultra-critical to traditional banks and to SBA backed lenders (unless you are buying a solid franchise). It is not important to an Invoice Factor and it is somewhat important to a Purchase Order Financing or Inventory Financing Company as they want to know you have the expertise to help liquidate the goods if need be.
How soon do you plan on being Cash Flow Positive? Again, this question is ultra-critical to traditional banks and to SBA backed lenders. They both will require a business plan with cash flow projections. Again this is not as important to an Invoice Factoring Company but an analysis of your profit for each deal is important to an Inventory Finance Company or PO Funder as they can only fund a deal where your profits are sufficient.
Will your business be an Importer or Exporter? The SBA has some interesting programs for export companies. If you are an Exporter, Businesscash.com has International Factoring Experience and can help. If you are an Importer we have deep Factoring and PO Funding experience in almost every consumer good imaginable.