How to Get a Loan When Starting Your Own Business

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A loan is a great way to help you fund your own business, whether if you’re starting up or thinking of expanding your operations. However, there are some considerations to take into account before you talk to your bank or lender. It’s important that you address them in order to maximize your loan and get a better deal.

Here are some easy steps to get a loan to start your business:

Determine the Purpose of the Loan

Understanding why you need the funding is the first thing that you’ll have to draft before you think about how much you’re going to borrow. It’s vital for your purpose to clearly state where the money is going, what do you primarily need to start your business and how funding is going to affect that item. This will then give you an idea of how much you’re going to need for the loan.

Choosing a Lender

You will have to shop around for banks and financial institutions who are able to give you that loan. It will require some negotiation and direct inquiries, but finding the right terms will greatly benefit you while you’re under the agreement. The structure (discussed below) will guide you on how the payment schedule is going to look like, and other features that you’re eligible for with the loan.

Banks are not the only institutions you can approach for when you need a loan. So if you’re wondering, can I get a loan with a paid default? The short answer is yes, but more often than not, they won’t approve your loan. However, there are flexible lenders who are willing to consider the application, but it’s important that you do your research.


Applying for a loan will require you to produce some documents to your lender. It usually involves financial statements, proof of individual income, bank statements, Identification, and in the case of starting up a business you’ll be asked for more extra details. The last one may include:

Business Plan

Lenders will require you to itemize your product or services offered along with your standing in the market.

Cash Flow Projections

This will show the current cash flow and what is required for your business.


You will need to show them proof of your assets, usually a property or some other forms like stocks.

Loan Details

You will have to decide whether you’re going for a secured loan, one that you offer an asset as collateral, or an unsecured loan. The latter will have higher rates, but a little difficult to get approved.

If you’re starting a business, you might want to opt for a fixed interest rate so that you can better manage your cash flow. You will also have to keep an eye on the charges and fees so that you’ll know how much the loan is actually costing you.

Getting approved is only half of the picture, managing your loan and avoiding missed payments to keep your credit standing high is a crucial part especially when you’re in the early stages of your business. It’s important to get the complete picture of the loan just as they want to get a clear picture on your plans for your business.

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Samantha Acuna is a writer based in San Francisco, CA. Her work has been featured in The Huffington Post,, and Yahoo Small Business.