A small business needs a loan to grow into a big business unless it has very high sales and profits. There are a lot of places a small business owner can go to ask for a loan. Most of the time, banks seem to be one of their options. What these business owners might not know is that banks have recently gotten a bad name for not giving loans to small businesses. It looks like banks are more interested in giving money to big businesses because they have more to gain. A bank can say no to giving a small business a loan for many different reasons. Here are a few of the most common ones:
Why banks might not give you a small business loan
History of credit
Your credit history is one of the things that stands between you and the business loan. When you go to a bank, they look at both your personal and business credit reports. Some people think that their personal credit doesn’t affect how much they can borrow for their business. But that doesn’t always happen. Most banks look at both types of credit. The credit history is a very important part of credit for banks. The length of your credit history can help or hurt your chances of getting a loan.
The easier it is for banks to give you a loan, the more information they have about your business to help them decide if they can trust it. But banks won’t give you the loan you want if your business is new and you haven’t been in business for long.
You should know what the term “high-risk business” means. In fact, lending companies have made a whole business out of helping high-risk businesses with loans, credit card payments, etc. A bank can look at many things to decide if your business is high risk. Maybe you work in a field that has a lot of risks in general. Companies that sell products made from marijuana, online gambling platforms and casinos, dating services, blockchain-based services, etc., are all examples of this type of business. It’s important to realize that the things you do in your business can also make it a high-risk business.
For example, your business might not be high-risk in and of itself, but you might have had too many charge-backs from customers on orders you’ve already shipped. If that happens, the bank will think of you as a risky investment and might turn down your loan request.
Flow of Cash
As was already said, your credit history is very important if you want a bank to give you a loan. Even though having a short credit history makes it more likely that you will be turned down, having a long credit history doesn’t always help. If there are things on your credit report that hurt your business, the bank may not accept your application. The cash flow of your business is one of the most important things to think about. When you don’t have enough money coming in, you might not get a loan from the bank.
The bank looks at your cash flow to see how easy it will be for you to pay back the loan. How will you pay back the loan if you don’t have much money? But cash flow is one thing you can do something about. Find ways to bring in more money and cut your costs. When you have the right amount of money in your account, you can ask the bank for a loan.
Small business owners often make the mistake of trying to get loans from too many places. They won’t go to the bank first. Instead, they’ll get loans from several other places. When you get money for your business from somewhere else, it makes sense to pay it back on time. If you already owe a lot of money, it’s not a good idea to go to the bank for more money. Don’t forget that the debt you or your business has will also affect your credit score. In short, the bank doesn’t even have to look into your debt to know that you owe money to them. A quick look at your credit report can tell you what’s going on.
The Getting Ready
Your business might be doing well, and your credit score might be good, too. But what’s missing is a good business plan and the right way to get ready for a loan. If you haven’t already figured it out, banks want you to show them a lot of paperwork when you ask for a loan. Here are some of the things you will need to show the bank to get your loan approved.
Reports on income tax
Loan documents already in place
Documents about your own money
Relationships and who owns what
Documents for a business lease
Statements of the business’s finances
You have to be very careful when presenting these documents to the bank. If there are any differences, the loan could be turned down.
Customers Grouped Together
Some people might be surprised by this, but a lot of banks pay attention to this part of your business. You can’t forget that loans are investments that banks make. Businesses that go to banks are a way for banks to make their money grow through interest. If the bank doesn’t think your business has room to grow, it can turn down your loan request. Think of a store run by a mother and father in a small town with few people. If it only helps the people in that town and has no way to grow, it will likely be turned down.
In this case, even though the business makes a lot of money, it does so because of its regular customers. The bank might see it as a loan that can be paid back, but not as an opportunity to make money.
As a small business owner, the good news is that you have a lot of ways to get money. Today, banks are just one of many ways you can get money into your bank. You don’t have to always get a loan when there are crowdfunding platforms that help small businesses get the money they need. It’s fine to ask a bank for a loan for your business. But if the bank turns down your request, you shouldn’t worry too much about it.