In order to secure a small business loan, most lenders will need you to prove your ability to repay the funds by providing information such as credit history, equity investment, collateral and business management experience. However, if you have bad credit but still want financial assistance to establish your business, you can achieve your dreams by being creative. There are lenders willing to provide the funds even when you have bad credit and no collateral.
Increase Your Chances
Devise a comprehensive business plan that projects a positive cash flow. If the business looks viable and runs on an excellent idea, more people will be willing to lend you money. In addition, take steps aimed at improving your credit worthiness to increase the chances of getting a loan.
Peer-to-peer financing, also known as peer-to-peer investing or P2P lending, involves individuals rather than financial institutions providing unsecured business loans to borrowers. To apply, access the website of a lending company that pairs you with potential lenders.
Form a Partnership
If you have a good business plan and the business idea has a high growth potential, you may be able to attract a partner with good credit who can apply to the bank for a loan to start or boost the small business. Your partner is the cosigner and, depending on how you agree to service the loan, both of you are partially responsible for the loan repayment.
Ask the Crowds
While not technically a business loan, many people get the financing they need for a new business idea using crowdsourcing websites like KickStarter, IndieGoGo and GoFundMe. This may be ideal if your business is creating a new product and needs money to fund production and distribution costs, or if your business is centered around an idea people can get excited about, like an independent film.
Darryl founded Smith Financial Advisors Inc. in 2006 after over 30 years experience in financial services including Mergers & Acquisitions, Investment Banking and traditional Commercial Banking activities at Bank One. Smith Financial Advisors is a Registered Investment Advisor in the State of Illinois. The firm specializes in Investment management, financial planning, and retirement planning.