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Small Business Loans

How to Apply, Qualify & Choose the Best Loan for Your Business

 

It’s a simple equation: the more working capital you have, the easier it is to start, sustain, or grow your business. That’s where small business loans and other financing options come in. They help you get the capital you need to succeed. And they’re much better than borrowing money from your family – because who wants to be stuck going to all those dinners at Uncle Lester’s house, right?

The Skinny on Small Businesses & Loans In 2017

  • 50% of small business owners expect the economy to improve this year
  • 82% of small business owners plan to grow their businesses in 2017
  • Alternative small business lending platforms will originate $52 billion in loans this year

Ways You Can Use Small Business Loans

How to Apply for a Small Business Loan

All you need to apply for a small business loan with Lendio is some basic information about your company and a few minutes of spare time. Yeah, it’s that easy.

We’ll ask you stuff like:

 

  • what industry your business is in
  • how much your monthly revenue is
  • how much debt your company has
  • what your approximate credit score is
  • why you’re applying for a loan

Your job is to enter that stuff, then kick back – maybe treat yourself to a smoothie or something. That’s it. One of our funding managers will get back to you within 24-48 hours to help you with the rest of it.

 

And since applying with us takes minutes, not months like it would with traditional lenders, why not apply and see what your options are? Before you know it, you’ll be done entering your information and sipping on that smoothie while one of our funding managers works on your application.

 

How to Qualify for a Small Business Loan

If you’re worried about qualifying for a loan, don’t. While traditional lenders only approve a quarter of small business loans, lending marketplaces like Lendio approve more than 60%. That doesn’t mean you can drag your credit score through the gutter and walk away with copious amounts of financing – but it does mean that you don’t have to be perfect to qualify for a variety of solid loan options.

 

If you don’t have established business credit yet, you can leverage your personal credit to qualify for financing – but you’ll probably have to personally guarantee the loan or put down collateral. And just like a personal credit score does, a strong business credit score can help you qualify for better rates and terms. Taking the time to build excellent business credit – and monitor it regularly – can save you thousands of dollars on the cost of your loan.

 

Credit isn’t the only factor that lenders look at to decide if you qualify, though. They’ll also consider your monthly revenue, how long you’ve been in business, and what industry you’re in. So, for example, if your well-established business shows a steady increase in revenue, lenders will leap at the chance to work with you. Literally leap. Don’t let the suits fool you – they do ballet when they get excited.

 

How to Choose the Right Small Business Loan

When it comes to small business loans, the Lendio marketplace offers you plenty of options

American Express merchant financing, SBA loans, term business loans, short term loans, startup loans, lines of credit, equipment financing, A/R financing, and much more.

 

Choosing isn’t as hard as it sounds, though. When you shop for your loan with Lendio, one of our personal funding managers will partner with you every step of the way. He or she will talk to you about all your loan options, help you calculate how much financing you need, walk you through collecting all the necessary documents and forms, and tell you everything’s going to be okay. We don’t hug, though. Hugs are where we draw the line.

 

Although our personal funding managers don’t hug, they do stay in touch throughout the life of your business to help you renew your loan, adjust terms, or get different kinds of financing as your needs change. It’s like a financing buddy system.

 

Oh, and there’s one more thing you should know about our funding managers: they’re on your team. You see, they don’t work for lenders – they work for you. We mean that. Lendio is the best free marketplace for small business loans because we put your best interests first. As long as those interests don’t include hugs, obviously.

Why use Lendio?

Lendio's mission is to empower your business by making small busienss loans simple through options, speed, and trust. Whether you are looking for an acquisition loan or a term loan, Lendio offers hundreds of different loan products from a variety of lenders. Finding out which business loan is best for you is why we're here.