Term Loans

RED: Lenders will focus on the affordability of the loan and may require business plans and forecasts to support the application
AMBER: Requires solid business finances and personal guarantees, so they’re not for start-ups or operations with small or unpredictable cash flows
GREEN: A great way to take advantage of new business or growth opportunities quickly and affordably

Business has been pretty good for me lately, but every once in a while, I come across a great deal that could really help me grow but I can’t afford the additional expense all at once.

Hmm, it sounds like your small business might be a good candidate for a non-bank term loan.

Non-bank term loan? You mean like asking a bank to lend me £150,000 over 20 years? No thanks, I don’t need another mortgage.

Probably not, but that’s not what a non-bank term loan is. These loans can provide your business with ready cash that you pay back over just a few years, rather than decades. And they can be finalised much more quickly than your average mortgage. Today, it’s easier than ever to find alternative, non-bank sources for significant amounts of cash for your business… though you’ll usually need to meet a few essential requirements.

Ah, the fine print, right? So what’s the fine print for a non-bank term loan?

Well, first, you typically need to have been in business for at least a couple of years. You’ll need to be profitable, too, and have annual revenues that are pretty healthy… in the order of at least £75,000 a year and up.

OK, I qualify so far. What else?

Non-bank term loans may also need you to be able to guarantee the loan somehow, whether that’s through good personal credit, guaranteed cash flow or collateral of some kind.

Right, still no problem. So how do they work? What makes them different from a mortgage?

Well, they’re usually for much shorter terms, generally one to five years, although longer-term loans of 10 years or more are also available. Second – and this is the really appealing part – you can be approved in as little as a day or two and can have the money in your account shortly afterwards, usually in days and almost always in less than a week.

Wow, I like that. Now, what’s the catch?

Of course, there’s a price for that kind of convenience. You’re typically going to pay more in interest than you would for a standard bank loan. And the time you have to pay back the loan is usually fairly short too, though your payments can be handled weekly, bi-weekly or monthly, and there’s generally no penalty for paying back early.

Makes sense. So besides giving me fast cash for when I come across inventory at a really good price, what else could I use a term loan for?

Businesses can use term loans for lots of things: paying for additional staffing during busy seasons, covering expenses during a seasonal slowdown or many other purposes. You could also use a term loan to buy a new piece of equipment that can help you operate more quickly or efficiently, although asset finance might be a more preferable avenue for this.

Sounds great. How do I get started?

As with any other type of financial decision, it pays to understand the options available to you, The Funder Finder should be able to help with that. Compare interest and payment terms before making a decision.

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