Myths About Small Business Loans | Huntington Coast Capital, Inc.

Myths About Small Business Loans | Huntington Coast Capital, Inc.

 

 

A business may occasionally require additional cash for short or long-term purposes. As a business owner, you can invest your own money or seek external investment. A small business loan, however, is a more common option.

However, some business owners, especially those who have never taken a business loan, can have several doubts about business loans. Indeed, the process involved in arranging a business loan, its benefits, and many other issues are commonly misunderstood.

Here are some common myths about business loans and the facts that all business owners should know.

 

Loans Only Benefit Businesses That Aren’t Doing Well

Many assume that any company in need of a loan is facing a hard financial time. Distressed companies have a particular motivation to get loans, but plenty of strong businesses also require occasional loans.

The type of business determines the need for additional financing. Your business can acquire a loan to finance growth and expansion, for instance, through hiring more staff or installing additional equipment. Such improvements can boost your business’ success and make it more competitive.

 

You Need to Have a Perfect Credit Rating to Get a Loan

To be clear, you should always maintain good credit scores on your personal and business accounts. Having a good credit rating makes borrowing easier and gives you more options for deals you can choose from. However, a low credit score isn’t an indication that you can’t get a loan.

Bad credit does happen, and lenders recognize that. The lenders also recognize that a lower credit score does not necessarily mean you are a lending risk. Therefore, you may still be able to find a lender willing to work with you. You may have to make a trade-off, such as accepting a higher interest rate.

 

Small Businesses Cannot Apply for Larger Loans

In no way should the size of your business prevent you from approaching a lender for a larger loan. Many lenders prefer high-amount loan applications, including mainstream banks.

However, repayment capability is key for a small business looking to borrow a larger sum of money. Thus, you should be able to provide proof to your lender that your business can afford to repay the loan. If your company lacks adequate cash flow, you may still get a loan if you convince the lender that your business plan will allow you to repay the loan.

 

All Business Loans Are the Same

Your business may want to borrow money for many reasons, and you have many options for financing your endeavor. Numerous loan options can be advantageous, but they also necessitate research before you apply.

Choosing the right business loan is the first step to obtaining business financing. Some of the types of business loans can include:

  • Working capital loans for every day variable expenses the business has
  • A term loan to finance the cost of fixed expenses or a business acquisition
  • Equipment financing
  • Inventory financing
  • Accounts receivable financing
  • Purchase order financing

You can determine what business loan is best for you by considering factors such as your loan purpose and desired loan terms.

 

Loan Applications Are Time Consuming

The myth was true years ago — getting business finance approval could take months due to paper-based submissions and employee evaluations. Thanks to paperless digital solutions and software, the process is much faster today. You can complete your application within minutes and get approval in days.

But don’t ignore the importance of doing some preparation beforehand. The lender can turn your business loan request around faster if you provide all of the necessary items they need to underwrite your loan request quickly. The count down to closing starts when the lender has 100% of what they need to issue an approval on your loan.

The misconceptions about business loans can prevent you from being able to take advantage of a favorable financing opportunity. Hopefully, having busted a few myths on business loans has given you a good idea about why loans can be an excellent financing source.

For more information on business funding or to complete a funding application, feel free to contact us at Huntington Coast Capital, Inc., today. Call 844-239-2632 and learn how a business loan can help grow your business!

 

Benefits of a Small Business Loan | Huntington Coast Capital, Inc.

Benefits of a Small Business Loan | Huntington Coast Capital, Inc.

 

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Perhaps a friend or colleague has advised you to take out a loan for your small business, but you’re still in doubt. After all, you may not want to burden your business with debt. However, the following reasons may convince you to consider a small business loan.

 

1. Enjoy Flexibility

Loans for small businesses have varying terms and repayment periods that can suit your business needs. You can go for a long-term loan with an extended repayment duration or a short-term loan that has to be repaid after a short time. Your choice will depend on whether the loan is for personal, business, or mixed-use. In some cases, you can even apply for many types of loans.

 

2. Liability-Free

Generally, business borrowers do not need to have collateral or a specific revenue to apply for a loan. The lack of requirements is an advantage to a small business that just started and has limited income or no assets to put up as collateral. Hence, aspiring business owners can easily enter the corporate world quickly and get their businesses running.

 

3. Retain Full Ownership

When you get financing from investors or partnerships, you must relinquish a portion of the business. Although the arrangement may be helpful initially, problems may arise as the company expands. You have to consult partners on significant decisions and how the business operates, but a loan allows you to keep full ownership of your business.

 

4. Improve Business Credit

If you repay the loan on time, you will boost your business’s credit score. A good credit score makes it easier to get more loans at favorable terms in the future. For example, companies with good credit scores tend to get lower interest rates for their loans and can easily avoid accrued interest.

 

5. Access Funds Quickly 

Business expansion requires significant capital to hire new employees and operate the business. You can choose to wait for business profits to increase before reinvesting them. However, if you have projects that should start soon, you may take out a loan. The loan allows you to buy new equipment and finance new product development before your competitors do it first.

 

6. Take Advantage of Low-Interest Rates

Lenders often provide low-interest rates on business loans to get customers. As competition in the lending business becomes stiffer, business borrowers can negotiate for the best deals. Also, business loans are likely to come with lower interest rates than any personal loan. 

 

7. Nurture Relationships With a Specific Lender

When you nurture relationships with your lender, you increase your chances of getting a loan in the future. The lender will have worked with you and knows how you handle money. The next time you go to get a loan, you can always refer back to the previous loan that you repaid on time.

 

8. Overcome Liquidity Problems

Businesses require working capital to operate effectively. However, small businesses often face challenges that make it difficult to meet utilities and payroll requirements. Since these challenging times are temporary, the business can get through the hard times with the help of a small business loan.

 

9. Refinance Debt

If your business already has a loan, the mounting debt may interfere with your ability to pay bills and sustain business operations. A small business loan can help refinance your debt and give you time to pay off any loans. The new loan may have a lower monthly payment and interest rates.

 

10. Reduce Tax Payments

Sometimes, your tax obligations may be lower if you take out a small business loan. For example, you can claim deductibles on the interest you pay on loans. The best approach is to consult a tax expert to know how taking a loan can impact your taxes.

Taking a loan for your small business is easy if you use the right lender. Huntington Coast Capital provides lending solutions for small and medium businesses that need quick cash. Contact us for more information. 

Finance 100% Of Your Purchase Orders!

Finance 100% Of Your Purchase Orders!

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Purchase Order Financing can cover 100% of your supplier cost!

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Cost of goods is the single biggest expense for a lot of companies. This cost grows as your business gains new customers. Your ability to deliver will keep those customers coming back. Failing to fulfill an order can result in losing a customer forever!

The challenge we see in consulting with our clients is a lack of capital to meet growth needs. Most all purchase order and supply chain finance companies require “skin in the game” from the borrower. This typically translates to the borrower bringing in 20-30% of the cost of goods to fulfill the orders. Depending on how big the order is, this can be challenging. For example, you receive a $500,000 order from a customer that requires a 30% investment contribution from the lender. This equals a $150,000 cash requirement from the borrower to place toward the order. Most all companies we deal with do not have the “equity” for the transaction and this is the very reason they are in search of financing.

What are the key components to receiving 100% financing for your purchase orders? 

  • Strong supplier relations. It is easier when the borrower has a verifiable transaction history of successful delivery with the supplier. The greatest chance of approval is when the finance company is being asked to take the borrower’s current production from “A to B” versus a first time order with a new supplier that has never been used before. There is “execution risk” inherent in this type of financing and the funding source needs to be comfortable with the supplier’s capabilities.
  • Credit worthy customers. It is essential that the customer presenting the purchase order has adequate credit strength relative to the size of the order being placed. For example, a small mom-and-pop shop placing an order for $1,000,000 of any product would have a harder time getting approved than Walmart or Target.
  • Ability to direct customer payments to the lender. Collection of the invoice to the customer needs to be routed through the lender’s bank account. This is the primary source of repayment. Once the customer pays, the lender’s line is paid down, followed by finance fees, with the balance forwarded to the client. This balance represents the client’s profit in the transaction.
  • Direct payment to the supplier. Similar to the lender requiring payment directly from the customer, the lender also needs to pay the supplier direct. Payments to intermediaries, brokers, or anyone aside from the actual supplier is prohibited. The lender needs to ensure that the supplier is paid for the goods they are producing. Payment to any other source leaves the lender at risk.
  • Established borrowing entity. We are occassionally approached with purchase order or supply chain financing requests (sometimes in the millions of dollars) from newly formed entities with no assets and limited, if any, transaction history. These are naturally challenging. The exception would be if this newly formed entity was owned by a solid team of owners with previous experience in the same industry as the newly formed endeavor. Even still, the owners in these scenarios would need to have a strong outside net worth and secondary source(s) of collateral to pledge should the transaction go south and the lender need to be made whole.
  • Personal guarantees required. When there is resistence to personal guarantees, there is resistence from the lender to approve the line of credit. When borrowers request the removal of a personal guarantee they are essentially saying, “we need money to fulfill orders, grow our company and profit from that growth, but we are not willing to promise to pay you back. If you lose your money, too bad.” Well, they don’t actually say it in these terms, but they might as well because that is what the lender is hearing. It is required that the borrower(s) stand behind the proposition they are asking the lender to finance.
Is your business experiencing growth? Since our inception in 2010Huntington Coast Capital has been connecting business owners to flexible growth capital solutions through our nationwide network of capital partners. We can help!

About Huntington Coast Capital. 

Huntington Coast Capital secures funding for companies in a broad base of industries. Our clients come to us to find a more flexible lending partner to meet their growth needs. Many are declined by the bank and are in need of a more creative and entrepreneurial funding solution.

We consult on a wide range of funding options for business owners throughout the United States in the following areas:

  • Supply chain financing 
  • Equipment loans and lease programs (learn more about our equipment loan platform offered through our subsidiary)
  • Lines of credit for working capital needs
  • Term loans for marketing, hiring staff and general expansion needs
  • Factoring services for accounts receivable financing that also provides for back office credit and collection functions
  • Purchase order financing
  • Asset based loans
  • Business acquisition financing
  • Inventory financing
  • Private commercial real estate bridge loans
  • SBA loans for business and real estate needs

Whether you are a startup or established, in need of $100,000 or $10,000,000 we have the capital partners to meet your needs. Contact us to see how we can assist in taking your business to the next level. Purchase Order Financing can cover 100% of your supplier cost!

Patrick Zazueta
Huntington Coast Capital, Inc.
Direct: 714-719-8966
patrick@huntingtoncoastcapital.com
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