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How To Secure Small Business Loans with Bad Credit

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How To Secure Small Business Loans with Bad Credit

Have poor credit? Got a small business idea? Turns out, you can still get the funding you need. Discover how you can secure small business loans with bad credit

The honest truth is this: having a bad credit score doesn't mean it's all over for you!

If you're an entrepreneur with a less-than-average credit rating, you are still able to secure yourself a loan, it may just take a little extra leg-work.

Small Business Loans with Bad Credit

However, there will be a few hurdles to clear, such as a higher interest rate and proving your reliability to a lender.

Securing small business loans with bad credit just means you need to know where to look - and large, commercial banks are not the place.

In this blog, we outline the parameters of bad credit and the types of small business loans you could qualify for, even with a bad credit score!


Limitations of a Bad Credit Score

The reality is that if your personal credit score is below 650, you will not be able to secure a business loan from most major banks.

Large banks which qualify at having over $10billion in assets are known to reject 3 out of 4 business loan applications.

Many are notoriously frugal when it comes to lending, most especially if your credit score leaves little to be desired.

The government operated Small Business Administration (SBA) offers small business loans with bad credit.

Government support of the SBA allows them to take bigger risks on who they lend to, making small business loans with bad credit a possibility.

But ultimately, if you aim at starting a business with a bad credit score, you are unfortunately at a disadvantage.

In order to secure any form of financing for your start-up, you have to rely on a personal credit score -- a portal into your financial history.

Even if your business has taken off and established its own form of credit, lenders will still look into a personal credit score.

Despite the limitations of a bad credit rating, all is not lost! Small business loans with bad credit are not out-of-reach.

What Constitutes Bad Credit?

Basically, your credit score is a number which reflects how reliable you are as a borrower of money.

The higher your credit rating, the better your chances of securing a business loan.

One of the easiest ways get into borrower's ''bad books'' is by failing to fulfill credit responsibilities.

Some of these include skipping repayments on a loan, late payments on a loan, failing to pay back credit card debt, filing for bankruptcy and more.

Typically, credit scores range from 300 - 850. If your credit rating sits below 620, you score is considered undesirable to many lenders across the board.

But there are still ways and means of securing a small business loan with bad credit.

Secure Small Business Loans with Bad Credit

In order to get the ball rolling on your loan application, you must present a lending institution with the following:

  • 3 years' worth of business account records
  • If your business is a start-up, you'll need income and sales projections
  • A detailed business plan

These documents are used to prove your reliability as borrower and are an important part of a lender's decision-making process.

Here are the different types of loans available to those with a less-than-average credit rating...


These types of loans operate the same way as bank loans, only they are not granted by traditional banks.

Alternative types of lenders will offer microloans, such as the Small Business Administration or a credit union.

Typically, the size of the loan granted is much smaller than those offered by traditional banks, hence the term microloans. An amount of $50,000 or less is the standard amount.

Business Credit Cards

Opening a credit card in your business's name work as a double whammy.

With a business credit card, you're able to spend money on your business, and improve your credit score when making regular payments on the credit card.

With a business credit card, you're offered a continuous line of credit, allowing you to pay back as you spend.

However, it is important to stay on top of monthly balance payments, otherwise, the interest incurred on this amount can add up very quickly.

A Merchant Cash Advance

This form of credit is based on projected business turn over each month. The lender will give you an advance based on future revenue or credit card sales.

This type of loan is also known as a business cash advance, and is ideal for businesses with cash flow issues.

These loans are generally offered at $10,000 or less.

FYI: merchant cash advances are loaned with high-interest rates, so you must ensure you can meet the repayments of this loan.

Bad credit small business loans

These loans are usually available from online lenders and are ideally suited to businesses with an established financial history.

If you're a start-up business, with less than two years' operation, you most likely won't qualify for this type of loan.

Online lenders are relatively prolific, so make sure you ''shop around'' for the best loan limit and interest rate to suit your needs.

Small Business Grants

Small business grants are worth the extra leg-work if you have to time and energy to pursue one!

Essentially, a grant is given to your business freely, without having to repay anything. However, grants can be very niche driven, offered only to very specific industries.

In order to successfully apply for a grant, certain criteria of your business will be scrutinized, including demographics, industry type and location.

If the grant is offered to your business, you are generally given strict guidelines on how and when to spend the money by the grant provider.

Failure to follow these guidelines may result in your business having to repay the money to the grant provider.

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