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10 Reasons Your Loan App Was Rejected

Sep 28, 2019

10 Reasons Your Loan App Was Rejected

Debt financing has long been a preferred financing option for small business owners. It’s true that the majority of entrepreneurs leverage their own money to start or run their business, but those funds often fall short of the ultimate need. In these cases, a business loan gives you more control than you’d get with other routes such as angel investors or borrowing from family members.

However, lenders reject the majority of business loan applications. Rather than letting this reality deter you, it should merely encourage you to put your best foot forward whenever submitting an application. There’s no shame in getting denied by a lender. It happens to everyone. What matters is that you try your hardest and put your business in the best position to succeed.

Here’s a closer look at common reasons loan applications are rejected. Some are easily remedied, while others take more effort. The important thing to note is that none of these factors is a death sentence. If you find that one of them contributed to a rejection, simply make a goal to improve it for your next application. With this focus on incremental improvement, anything is possible.

Here are 10 of the most likely reasons an application gets axed:

About the Author

Grant Olsen

Grant Olsen

Grant Olsen is a writer specializing in small business loans, leadership skills, and growth strategies. He is a contributing writer for KSL 5 TV, where his articles have generated more than 6 million page views, and has been featured on and Grant is also the author of the book "Rhino Trouble." He has a B.A. in English from Brigham Young University.

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