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  • Small businesses must be persistent when applying for a loan

    Whether you’re planning to start your business from the ground up, expand your business to new markets or locations, or hire additional employees, it's not uncommon for small ventures to face an uphill battle when trying to land financing. Here are three areas to consider when applying for a business loan.

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    Focus on your long-term goals and vision

    Many small business owners focus on the immediate nature of their company, according to Entrepreneur. That means instead of targeting a long-term goal, many are more concerned with day-to-day sales and the plan for tomorrow. Many businesses tend to live month-to-month and that inability to grasp long-term goals hurts small ventures when trying to acquire a business loan.

    Some business owners might wait until they absolutely need a loan to survive, and by that point, it's going to be much harder to look like a good investment for the lending bank or financial institution. Business owners should plan ahead, Entrepreneur said [1]. If a business is doing well, it might be a good time to apply for a loan rather than wait for a slow season.

    Even if a company doesn't need the loan immediately, you can always save those funds as a contingency plan.

    Find the right loan option for your business

    When it comes to determining which loan solution makes the most sense for your business, it's important to explore all of your options. A Line of Credit is both flexible and responsible, and a great solution to get you through your busy seasons or fund new equipment. And, there are several types of Line of Credit options to choose from. In addition to a Line of Credit, there are traditional loans to explore when it comes to financing your business - such as a fixed-rate real estate or equipment loan. Your lender can walk you through your options and help you determine what makes the most sense for your business goals.

    Some banks also offer SBA Loans, a government guaranteed loan from the Small Business Administration (SBA). This is a long-term, fixed rate option that often offers competitive rates and can help you establish and grow your business. Though an SBA loan is not an option for everyone - the loan process can be time consuming and the loan itself has strict requirements.

    Cash flow is king for most lenders

    Banks look at many items before distributing cash for a loan, but one stands above the rest: sufficient cash flow. If you don't have the cash flow coming in and out of your business to pay your bills, then your business plan won't look promising to a lender preparing to finance your loan. Cash flow is one of the most important pieces when it comes to proving your outlook to succeed. Check out our calculator to ensure you're generating enough cash flow to present yourself as an attractive prospect for a business loan.

    [1] Need a Bank Loan for Your Small Business? Timing Can Make or Break Your Chances, Entrepreneur



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