They say that you have to spend money to make more money. However, only smart investments are profitable. Your business isn’t an exception; for it to grow, you have to pump in resources. Loans are a quick way to do that, but they can easily cripple your business in the event of a slight mistake. Timing matters a lot when it comes to loans. Here are the top 5 signs your business is ready for a loan:
Opportunities are Knocking
Are you eyeing profitable business opportunities? If you need extra money to seize that golden opportunity, don’t hesitate to apply for a business loan. Approach lenders with enough supporting documents, to speed up the process.
Strong Credit Score
It takes time and commitment to build strong credit. Some of the factors considered are your borrowing history, timely debt payments, and credit diversification. If your credit score is excellent, it’s time to apply for a loan. Good credit history allows you to access affordable loans under favorable conditions.
Demand is Overwhelming
Expanding a business isn’t always about adding new locations or increasing office size. If you can’t meet the high demand, you need to invest in upgrading equipment and increasing manpower. Typically, it takes a short time to apply and receive loans for constructive projects, such as buying equipment. Better still, the equipment can serve as collateral to secure your loan.
Off-Peak is Looming
The best time to apply for a loan is when you’re not in urgent need of money. Seasonal business owners should apply for a loan during the busy season. Plan your next low season ahead of time, to increase your financing options.
When it starts again, expenses will be high, and cash reserves low. During the peak-season, lenders take a favorable view that convinces them to offer you a loan. During off-peak, the light cash reserves and sales might not be convincing.
Need for More Space
Has your business outgrown the existing space? Business financing will help solve this problem within a short time. A real estate loan is an excellent option for those controlling business entities. Use the loan to purchase office space, or any other business-related asset.
Don’t wait for a disaster to plan for your loan; you’ll limit your options. It’s always advisable that you plan early enough. In case of any of the above signs, seek a loan without hesitation and make the most of your business.
Contact Heritage Bank if you’d like more information on obtaining a business loan. We’d love to hear from you!
As a Business Banking Professional, Kim helps businesses providing commercial loans specifically meant to provide a business with the capital needed to start-up or expand. In her role, she interacts with entrepreneurs and business owners concerning future financial investments in an effort to help the business find the strategies that would work for them.
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