Seven tips for securing a business loan

Securing a business loan in Australia isn’t necessarily difficult but knowing how to navigate your way can be the difference between success and failure.

Banks and other financial institutions offer a wide range of business finance options, from commercial property loans, commercial vehicle leases, and commercial and equipment leases, to simpler options such as letters of credit, overdrafts and lines of credit. Here are some tips on how to improve your chances of success.

  1.    Work out what is realistic

It’s a good idea to find and compare credit options based on the amount of money you need to borrow, how you want it supplied and the type of security you want to provide (residential, non-residential or none at all).

  1.    Find a Finance Broker

The next step is to speak to an MFAA accredited finance broker, who can help you work out what loan type and lender are appropriate for your business and you. finance brokers work with clients to determine their borrowing needs and abilities, select a loan suited to their circumstances and manage the process through to settlement. They also do a lot of the legal and other paperwork, they have access to a wide range of loans and are experts in the area.

  1.    Have a credit history and make it good

Lenders are looking for two things when it comes to your credit status: an existing credit relationship and a relatively clear history. If a borrower already has an existing loan which they’re servicing on time, they are much more likely to be successful. Of course, there are options for those who are either credit impaired or just don’t have a documented credit history, and a finance broker can help clarify these.

  1.    Actively show how risk will be minimised

Demonstrate how you will lessen the risk to you and to the lender. Your finance broker can help.

  1.    Be prepared

For your first meeting with your finance broker, have up-to-date paperwork and tax records, make sure you’ve done your research and have a fair idea how much you want to borrow and how you plan to spend it. You should also know your total worth, listing your assets and liabilities.

  1.    Have a plan

Lenders like to see a business plan that shows that you know what you want to achieve and have a clear idea of how you can achieve it.

  1.    Provide more than one exit strategy

Lenders want to know how they’re going to get their money back and some want up to three scenarios for what is called the ‘exit strategy’.

To give your business a good chance of success, talk to the team at Indigo Finance about finding the right commercial financing options for you.

 

First meeting with a broker

If you’re looking for a home loan but are inexperienced with finance brokers, attending your first appointment with a broker can be a nervous experience. Getting a home loan, after all, can be quite complex for a first-timer. There are lots of brokers around and there is a lot to learn. But there are many steps you can take to be confident that your appointment will be a success.

A good starting point is to familiarise yourself with the expectations of the first appointment between brokers and yourself. Your broker is very likely to ask you about your medium and long-term financial goals, the amount you want to borrow, comparisons of your home loan options and your understanding of the fees, costs and conditions attached to home loans. Knowing the direction the appointment will likely take lets you participate more actively in the conversation. This means you can better articulate your needs to your broker.

It’s also recommended that you give some consideration before the meeting to the types of questions you wish to ask your broker. Questions that can be of use include such things as loan types (such as term, repayment options and interest rate types), the types of ongoing fees attached to various loans (such as early exit, late payment, break and redraw fees) and the typical timeframe for a loan settlement.

These questions might pop into your head spontaneously during the meeting but preparing them in advance is a good way to refine them. By doing so, you are in a position to get more specific information from your broker.

It is common practice, too, for your broker to conduct a needs assessment prior to your face-to-face appointment – so you may be asked some pre-appointment questions.  To assist in answering these, you’ll need to supply information about your employment history, assets and expenses.

At the appointment it will save you time and effort to prepare and then bring the required documentation with you. This can include ID, transaction histories, tax returns, rental income statements and borrowing documents such as “contract of sale” and proof that you have the deposit for a property. It’s mandatory for brokers to maintain the confidentiality of information that you provide to them and only pass on information necessary to enable them to lodge your loan application or where required by law.

Call us today to schedule your first meeting with us!!