Business loans – a building block for building a business
In the hustle and bustle of running a small business, there are times when help is needed in the form of a business loan. Typically, within the first two to three years of business operations, the products and/or services offered are validated and proven in the market. In the event that the business succeeds in attracting demand and then sustaining and growing it profitably, there will be an inevitable need to obtain a business loan instead of obtaining private capital from investors. Why is this happening? Well, for one thing, the rate of money received is not equal to the rate of money spent. Not all the time, but most of the time, a business becomes quite efficient at spending money by providing a product and/or service, but does a poor job of recovering the money spent in a quick and efficient manner. As businesses get better at doing business, this imbalance in the cash flow cycle it’s smooth out.
Thus, business loans are understood as one of the necessary building blocks for building a solid business. Not if, but when the time comes to take your business to the next level, whether in meeting growing demand for your products and/or services, taking advantage of short-term business deals, or paying off old loans with new loans with better terms , make sure you are ready to present the case.
Business loan justification
The absolute best case you can make when getting a business loan is the planning you do before you actually need one. A little backwards thinking you might observe, but still correct. See, most loan sources are conservative in nature because of the risk of losing money from default. Thus, by proving to the originator of the loan your ability to repay the business loan with interest from historical evidence (and sometimes future projections based on practical, real life variables) such as an upward trend in both sales and margins (both gross and net), a solid capital position as evidenced by a low debt-to-equity ratio, and your track record of paying other creditors on time, you will be presented a clear argument in obtaining a business loan. Be sure to keep as part of your overall business plan the need to one day get a business loan and manage your business accordingly. You’ll be glad you did.
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