Small business owners rely on working capital loans to help fulfill short-term and operational credit obligations.
There are three significant factors that business owners face when applying for working capital loans.
- Businesses need to plan their cash flow to help sustain and grow their businesses, while maintaining consistent and accurate records.
- Businesses need to identify accurate amounts of working capital, which helps to successfully document businesses’ precise numbers.
- Businesses need to locate different funding opportunities, including private working capital loans and business cash advances.
While the above factors may sound simple, it is difficult for businesses to determine how much working capital funds they require. When businesses have deficits, this can affect the amount of required capital necessary for businesses to succeed.
Businesses that are not prepared to present the necessary amount of working capital to lenders appear unprepared, which actually decreases their chances of obtaining a loan. Business owners need to be familiar with their finances and should be able to clearly explain to lenders their business plans. Lenders need to have their investment returns detailed, highlight upcoming costs, such as personnel, business consultants, trade associations, suppliers and other necessary details.
Businesses need to plan their cash flow so they have an accurate idea of where their money is coming from, going and when they require more. It is important that businesses plan their cash flow accordingly, which includes paying all bills on time and keeping accurate department cash flow records.
Keeping detailed records also shows lenders that businesses are well organized and serious about succeeding and growing their operations. This alone can dramatically increase a business’ chances of obtaining a working capital loan or business line of credit.
Traditional working capital loans are becoming more difficult to obtain. Alternative funding via non-traditional banks is becoming more popular. These types of lenders offer loans based on several different types of non-traditional criteria, such as business assets, revenues, personal assets, retirement accounts and many more. These alternative lenders often feature less stringent criteria in exchange for higher-than-average interest rates.
In summary, working capital loans help businesses cover expenses while they wait for invoices to be fulfilled and payments to process. In the absence of non-traditional loans, many small business would not be able to survive.