Small Business Startup Loans
A variety of loan products which assist with launching or funding a small business, including business credit cards, credit line builders and equipment financing. In most cases, collateral will be required.
- A business credit card for general purchases
- Establish a credit history for future borrowing
- Expansion capital for an existing small business
- Minimum Credit Score: 700
- Minimum Revenue: $75,000 annually
PROS & CONS
- Good credit building tool
- Good for business lacking credit history
- Quick access to cash
- Built in collateral with equipment financing
- Can be used for a variety of purposes
- Relatively low loan amounts
- Excellent personal credit required
- Collateral usually required
Disclaimer: The above information is provided as a guideline. Some loan conditions may fall outside of these parameters. We recommend that you speak with one of our advisors before taking any course of action based on this information.
SMALL BUSINESS STARTUP LOANS IN DETAIL
There are three types of loan products available for launching or funding a new business. One of them, Equipment Financing, is covered in detail here. The other two are a Business Credit Card, and the Credit Line Builder, which is a supercharged strategy for acquiring multiple business credit cards.
BUSINESS CREDIT CARD
Pretty simple really. A business credit card works just like your personal Visa or MasterCard. You make monthly interest payments on any amount you borrow against the card but you can use the money for anything and borrow up to the maximum loan amount. As with all credit cards, making your payments on time every month is essential to maintaining a good credit score, while failing to do so may severely impact your ability to borrow through other types of business financing as your business grows.
A business credit card allows you to establish a credit history for your company, separate from your personal credit history, and, just like your personal credit card, carries rewards that you can use for supplies, gas, travel and other expenses.
CREDIT LINE BUILDER
You’ll need a personal credit score of 700 or better to access this option, but if you need more credit than one card can provide and other financing options are not yet available to you, it can be the short term financing solution you need while saving you time. A financing company will work with you to apply for multiple business credit cards at once. Provided that you use these cards wisely and make all your minimum payments on time, you can quickly build your company’s credit history, which may help down the road when applying for other types of financing.
Do be careful with this strategy though. If you’re not certain of your ability to keep track of your cards and pay each one on time every month, you can easily destroy your credit rating before your business has a chance to get off the ground.