Applying for a business loan can be both tricky and frustrating. With the plethora of options an providers available, it’s always best to be smart about your next move into the world of loans. The following tips provide an easy-to-follow guide to help simplify the process of applying for your first small business loan.

Flesh Out a Detailed Cash Flow Plan

One of the first things lenders look for is a cash flow that shows how the company plans to operate. Having an already detailed cash flow plan worked out before will save time and efforts and a reasonable plan can go a long way. Show how you intend to keep your profit margins, a reserve and a contingency plan for when unexpected events occur.

Understand the type of loan you need

There are many types of loans targeted at different businesses,  all with their criteria. These can vary in duration, amount and specific terms.  Self-assess your company and decided why you need the loan and how much can you manage.

Examples of loan providers can be found online such as commercial and public banks, peer to peer providers, and firms backed by SBA. Most of these examples are usually just a quick internet search away.

Have Your Financial Statements in Order

Getting that loan will require having all of your financials in order as well as your business documentation.  Typically loan companies would look for legitimacy and long-term company success and future guidance. Some important documents would be financial statements, insurance, business plans, tax returns, etc.

Determine Security

What most lenders look for is a safe bet to ensure the money they’re loaning will come back to them. A borrower being able to guarantee the security of the loan is what appeals to lenders. Showing a strong promise in paying back will have lenders lining up.

In conclusion, understanding your business and the types of loans available is the key to getting the right loan.  Some of the suggestions listed above should give any company a head start on the loan process. Of course, there is a more natural way, and that would include contacting First Union who has all types of loans available to our clients.  Unsecured Loans, SBA, Lines of Credit, Invoice Factoring and more.

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