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Owning a restaurant can be a rewarding experience. Owners of successful restaurants create delicious meals for families and consumers daily, utilizing their recipes and manifesting a welcoming environment. But it takes a lot more than a well-seasoned dish to keep a successful restaurant running - it takes a team of hardworking cooks, a wait staff, and reliable equipment to prepare food for customers properly.
Commercial restaurant kitchens are stocked with stoves, microwaves, fryers, refrigeration equipment, and food mixers. That's only half of the equipment needed to run a kitchen smoothly. Some growing businesses utilize a shared kitchen to create their dishes. Still, if your increasing restaurant has gained enough popularity, creating a kitchen exclusively for you seems time.
Are you on the search for equipment loans to create the commercial kitchen of your dreams? Your restaurant needs the right equipment and supplies to create dishes to keep your customers coming back for more. Many banks, credit unions, and non-traditional lenders offer specific equipment loans for restaurants to obtain the necessary equipment.
Though banks and credit unions typically offer lower rates and more generous terms, non-traditional lenders like First Union Lending offer quick equipment financing and more lenient credit requirements. Equipment loan rates start around 3%, with loan amounts up to $5.5 million.
Restaurant equipment loans are loans used to buy the necessary equipment to keep a kitchen running. Businesses in the food industry often use the funds to purchase kitchen equipment, tables, bar equipment, etc.
Many restaurants utilize this specific loan to run their business effectively, maintain a welcoming environment, and have the necessary equipment. These funds provide most companies with the items needed to help their restaurants gain traction and succeed
There are many advantages to utilizing an equipment loan. First, borrowers do not need perfect credit and business financial history to obtain one. That's generally because the equipment itself serves as collateral for your loan, enabling lenders to provide funds to slightly higher-risk clients.
Next, it's excellent for your cash flow since big equipment purchases often take a substantial bite out of your operating cash flow, putting your business in a crunch. Additionally, these loans have little paperwork (unlike SBA loans), reducing the headache and enabling you to move the process faster. Finally, most equipment loans have fixed rates, so you don't have to worry about expecting large payments to come your way.
There are, of course, disadvantages, too. First, your loan term will last as long as the equipment itself. It is likely not a quick payoff unless you repay the loan. Additionally, lenders won't want to extend a term past when the equipment is expected to be valuable, just in case you default and they need to liquidate your equipment. Depending on the structure of your equipment loan, lenders may require a UCC blanket lien in addition to the equipment that serves as collateral.
The most significant difference between equipment and other small business loans is generally the structure. Equipment loans help finance a specific type of purchase, in this case, the gear you want to buy, whereas some other small business loans are more for working capital, which you can spend flexibly.o
With equipment financing, you work with a lender to secure your loan. You'll generally need to bring a quote showing how much the new or used item will cost or documentation of comparable value and utility items. Typically, the equipment serves as the loan's collateral. If you default, a lender will seize the equipment and liquidate it, which is why lenders often won't finance equipment that rapidly loses value.
If your company has come to the point where new equipment is needed to achieve project goals, acquiring an equipment loan may be the best option.
First Union Lending is ready to help finance your business!
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Only U.S.-Based Businesses are Eligible.
Online lenders like First Union Lending provide various businesses across the United States with the funds needed to grow and generate revenue
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An essential distinction between equipment loans is equipment financing and equipment leasing. In the former, you own the equipment outright, whereas, with the latter, you're' essentially renting the equipment.
In this sense, it's like a car purchase versus a car lease. You have the car generally long after you pay for it, although it becomes ancient. With an equipment lease, you can often choose to upgrade to a new model if you need to have a new vehicle, even if you don't have equity.
Whether you want to purchase outright or lease depends on your business situation. There are certainly pros to buying your equipment outright over leasing. First, there's equity: the equipment is yours after you stop paying for it. That's great because you don't have to worry about returning it; you can even use it as collateral for another business financing. Another significant benefit is a tax deduction: you can write off the equipment depreciation for business taxes in many cases.
There are some drawbacks to purchasing equipment over leasing, too. First, it can be a little more stressful since equipment leases generally have lower monthly loan payments and often don't require down fees. That said, if you want to buy the equipment at the end of the lease, you may have to pay a large sum, unlike equipment financing. It is worth noting that this isn't always the case; depending on your loan, it may be cheaper over time to buy the piece outright than to pay the monthly rental payments. Additionally, if your equipment gets outdated, you can't easily swap it for newer gear since you own it outright.
Rather than spending large amounts of earned funds for your equipment, look to a lender to help finance your business initiatives.
At First Union Lending, we believe that small and medium-sized businesses deserve the right to access the capital they need to succeed.
Our goal is to build long-term, lasting relationships by providing business owners with what they need when needed. We pride ourselves on being educated, knowledgable, and caring about conducting business. We have acquired much of the same licensing traditional banks require to cement our fiduciary responsibility to our clients and work culture.
We are here to consult, help you save, and guide you and your business to success.