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You may not know it but small businesses are the engines that drive the biggest economies in the world. So if you own a small business or intend to own one, you are already a hero. But as much as this sounds great, businesses, whether small, medium size or big, always come along with a myriad of challenges. The most common one stands out as capital or if you may, financing. You have to fund your projects, pay your staff so as to stay afloat. That is exactly where small business loans come into the picture. Play by the rules and the loans can take your business to the next loan. Ignore the basic rules and count losses. Here is what you need to know.

Understand your lender

Put yourself in the shoes of your lender. Ask yourself if you have solid reasons as to why they should lend you cash.  Think of it is a job. You will have to prepare a stellar resume to impress the interview panel. With that in mind, understand your financial situation. Decide what you can use as security or collateral for your small business loans. Focus on crucial factors such as cash flow and your credit score. Have all these things in order before applying for any business loan.

How much do you need?

You may be tempted to go for more cash than you actually need once you realize you can qualify for much more than you had hoped for. This can be dangerous. Figure out exactly how much you need. Do not at any point balloon the figures. Then remember that in most cases, the more you apply for, the more likely you are to get rejected. Do everything in moderation.

Learn from your mistakes

Not all lenders will welcome you with open arms. Some will reject your application without solid reasons. Find out from them why they had to turn down your application, then learn from your mistakes. As soon as you go to the next lender, be sure to address that deficiency.

Know what you are get yourself into

Learn the annual percentage rate of your small loans. Learn about late repayment penalties as well. In short, know your lender inside out. Then by all means, read what is below the dotted lines. The terms of your loan application will eventually turn against you if you never read them. This can be bad if you learn about it when you are already struggling to keep your business afloat.

Extra tip

You may at one point or another miss out on an installment. Some lenders can understand. Others won’t. that is why looking for a lender you can work with very well is extremely vital. Your lender should be able to listen to your concerns and advise you accordingly. With that in mind, always keep your lender informed. There are always telltale signs that you will miss out on a payment. As soon as you see it coming, inform your lender in advance. That way, you will establish a good rapport and stay in control of your business.

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