Business Loans

What Is A Business Loan?

Business loans works in much the same way as a personal loan. The monthly repayments will usually be fixed as will the interest rate. You can also choose the amount of time that you will have the loan over. The main difference is that a business loan can only be used for business purposes.

It may be that you are a new business and are looking for help with start up costs. Or you are an established business that is looking to expand. A business loan can be made for almost any purpose. However the lender will expect to see exactly how the business is going to benefit.  Read More >>

What Are The Advantages Of  Business Loans?

Business loans can provide you with the money you need to make improvements to your business.

Business loans usually come with fixed repayments which makes it easier for you to budget for these repayments.

There are a variety of different types of business loans that are available which makes it easy to find the one that will suit your circumstances.

What Things Do You Need To Be Aware Of?

Lending criteria has become stricter for almost all types of loans, and business loans are no different. Some lenders may require you to have accounts that go back a few years before they will consider lending to you.

There are also lenders that will only grant you a loan if you are a limited company. This does not apply to every business and so you may not be eligible for these types of loans. It will also usually be a condition of your loan that your business is VAT registered. Some lenders will ask for the loan to be secured against your property.

Defaulting on a business loan can have serious consequences for your business and so you need to make sure that you will be able to afford the repayments. You should also consider what would happen if your income was reduced in any way, as you would still be expected to make the loan repayments.

How To Apply For Business Loans

Some business loans can be applied for online but it is more likely that you have to make the application over the phone or in person. If you are applying for a loan from the bank that you have your business account with, then applying in person will usually be the best option. Usually they can help you to obtain an unsecured loan as they are fully aware of you financial standing.

You can apply a business loan regardless of the size of your business. You will be expected to prove that you run a business and may have to show that you are VAT registered. Also that you are registered to pay income tax and national insurance for your employees. It can be useful to get all of this information to hand before you make your application. So that you can produce the documentation when needed.

Financial Details Of Your Company

Another thing that the lender will want to see is the financial details of your company. You may be asked to produce copies of your latest accounts and the lender may also want to see details of your projected income and expenditure if the loan is granted. Again, this is something that should be organised and prepared beforehand. You might be asked questions about your finances that are quite in depth. Therefore you will need to make sure that you can answer these questions confidently. A credit check will also be carried out and so this is worth checking to make sure that all the information is correct.

Finally, the lender will want to know the reason for the loan. They will probably expect this section of the application to be completed in some detail. They will need this information to decide if they think that you will be able to achieve what you want to work the money that you have borrowed. As well as completing this section fully on the application, you should also be prepared to answer any questions that are asked.