Friday, January 16, 2009

Alternatives for Companies That Can’t Get Business Loans

Looking for a business loan but can’t find one? Or worse, has your loan request been rejected? One of the toughest jobs for business owners is trying to secure business financing. Unfortunately, getting a Business is’t always easy. Although most banks want to lend money, they have strict underwriting criteria that they must follow. This commonly includes asking for your company’s financial history and looking for assets. However – not all small Businesses loans have long track records or tangible assets. Does this mean that you can get business financing? No – it just means that business loans may not be the best alternative for your company.

Does your company give its clients 30 to 45 days to pay invoices? Most companies that offer payment terms usually run into cash flow problems. This is because few businesses have the required cash cushion to wait 45 days to get paid. That forces owners to either juggle vendor payments – or worse – turn away opportunities. There is a solution for this problem. It’s called invoice factoring.

Suppose that instead of waiting 45 days to get paid, you were able to get 80% immediately and the remaining 20% in after 45 days. Would that work better for you? Of course it would. And you can achieve this by factoring your invoices. The biggest advantage of factoring is that you get an immediate advance on your invoices. This gives you funds you need to pay suppliers and employees. It also enables you to take advantage of new sales opportunities without having to worry about juggling vendor payments.

An accounts receivable factoring transaction works as follows. Once you deliver your product (or service) you invoice your client. At that point you also finance the invoice through the factoring company. The factoring company advances you 80% immediately. You get the remaining 20%, less a small factoring fee, once your client pays the invoice in full.

One advantage of working with factoring companies is that they look at Online business loans in a different way than banks do. They consider your invoices from solid paying clients to be your biggest asset. And as such, they are willing to advance money against them. Of course, factoring companies also look at other criteria. But the main criteria are to have good invoices.


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