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Need a new backhoe? Or a credit card processing app? Or, even a six-speed blender for all those sales guys on your team who do Crossfit after work and can’t seem to function without their morning protein smoothies? There’s a loan for that. Seriously. There are small business equipment financing options for nearly every industry and every kind of kooky apparatus you need – which means your wish list is probably covered.
Equipment financing is a type of asset-based lending that helps business owners get the funding to purchase or lease equipment without depleting their working capital.
Credit approval is more flexible with this type of commercial banking because the equipment is used as collateral to secure the financing. As a result for dollar amounts <$50,000 many lenders focus less on the profitability, revenue and overall cash flow of the business and more on the businesses & business owners credit score and how long they’ve been in business.
If your business doesn’t match some of the qualifiers below, it may be more challenging to receive funding from our lending partners.
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Lendio’s mobile app can help get your business ready for financing. Open a business bank account, get cash flow insights and stay connected to get updated when you have offers available.
Sure, you can go the bank route with a long application process and 75% rejection rate. But if you’re looking for financing in this lifetime, Lendio offers a faster, easier application process.
It’s secured with bank-grade encryption and SSL technology, so you know your information is safe.
We pair you with loan options from our network of 75+ lenders. Our dedicated funding managers can help you weigh the pros and cons of each option.
Once you’re approved, you’ll be able to access your capital in as little as 24 hours.
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Getting an equipment lease or financing can help you fund a variety of business needs. This financing solution can be used for things like:
Regardless of your company’s industry, exploring your equipment finance options could help the success of your business. Plus, equipment lenders usually report to business credit. The more business credit you build the greater opportunity you have in the future to receive the best rates and terms for the money you receive and increase your businesses ability to receive future loans without a personal guarantee.
The largest difference between an equipment lease and equipment loan are that an equipment lease has a fixed term, in which you pay a monthly rental feel, with no prepay benefits, and an equipment loan can be paid off at any time with any remaining interest wiped clean.
There are multiple structures available for equipment leasing including:
Equipment financing is a type of funding that gives you full ownership of the equipment. You’ll pay interest in addition to the principal balance, usually as a fixed monthly payment. But once your financing term is over, you own the equipment free and clear. Choosing the best equipment financing option depends on the type of equipment you need, how long you expect to need it, and how frequently you plan to update those assets. You can also use an equipment loan calculator to help you compare costs.
One of the biggest advantages of equipment financing is that it helps you grow your business with new equipment while spreading out the costs over time. Additionally, you often don’t need any collateral besides the asset itself. By integrating new equipment into your business, you could increase revenue and reach with your services.
A drawback is that funds can only be used for equipment and sometimes soft costs associated with the purchase, such as taxes or delivery fees. Other types of financing, such as a small business loan or business line of credit, have minimal restrictions on how you use the funding proceeds.
Pros of equipment financing
Cons of equipment financing
Your equipment financing payments are determined by four things:
These factors can vary widely across industries and equipment types. That’s why we work with a variety of lenders who specialize in industry-specific small business loans, so we can help you find the best deal.
If math isn’t your thing, you can use our equipment financing calculator to figure out what kind of monthly payments you can afford.
Also consider both the short-term and long-term gains your new equipment will yield. To determine whether equipment financing is getting you some real bang for your buck in the short term, you should weigh the costs of your monthly payment against the benefits your new equipment will bring.
Here’s an example: if the 3-D printing equipment you’re financing costs you $600 in monthly payments but enables you to take on an extra $2,300 in monthly orders, then your cash flow increase considerably outweighs your costs and makes the financing worthwhile.
This same concept applies to the man-hours you’ll save by leveraging a software purchase to automate several hours of invoicing and payment processing, or being able to attract new business because your upgraded sorting equipment lets you offer significantly faster shipping times than your competitors.
To figure out whether you’ll also see a hearty long-term return on investment, consider the longevity of the equipment you’re financing. Equipment that only gives your business a minor lift and may be obsolete in a few years when you pay off your financed amount may not give you the long-term leg up that you’re looking for, whereas receiving a funded amount over a 4-year term on equipment that will last for several years beyond that could be a much better investment.
Qualifying for equipment financing can actually be easier than other business financing options because the lender uses the equipment as collateral.
Equipment financing helps you scale your business without covering the full cost through your own cash reserves. Plus, the eligibility requirements are easier to qualify for since there’s physical collateral attached to the funding.
It depends on your lender and funding/financing terms. However, most equipment finance terms range between 3 and 10 years in length.
To get equipment financing, you’ll typically need to meet the following requirements:
If your credit score is lower than 650 but you can show proof of solid cash flow and revenues for the past 3 to 6 months, you could still qualify.
And don’t worry if you don’t meet all of these requirements. Exact qualifications vary by lender and equipment type. The best way to figure out what you qualify for is to fill out our free 15-minute application or get in touch with one of our personal funding managers at (855) 853-6548.
No down payment or collateral? No problem. One of the big benefits of equipment financing is that your equipment can also act as your collateral, which means you can secure financing without draining the last of your liquid cash or risking your personal assets.
Your lender will determine how much you can finance by reviewing the type of equipment you’re buying, its lifetime value, and whether it’s new or used. Because the collateral is literally part of your financing, it’s often not as difficult to get approved as many small business owners think it is. Getting started is easier than following those Ikea instructions: just fill out our application, then compare equipment financing options from our nationwide network of 75+ lenders.
Yes, some equipment financing companies we partner with will work with startups from day one in business. Bear in mind that the financing company may place more stringent requirements on your personal credit score or only offer lower financing amounts if you have been in business less than one year.
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