A business line of credit may be one of the most popular forms of financing for the small business owners today.
Having a line of credit in place for your small business can be a good way to extend cash when and if you should ever need it.
Also, a line of credit loan usually comes with one of the lower interest rates that a bank may offer
You may be asking yourself; is a line of credit right for you?
We all know that when it comes to
starting a small business
there may be times when your cash flow may not be flowing as much as you need.
Establishing a line of credit for your business upfront is one way to insure that you will have needed funds should you find yourself short on cash.
Before you decide to apply for any type business loan, you need to do an inventory of all your personal resources. Only include what you will have available for your business use.
Knowing the amount you have available can help you calculate and decide the amount you will need to ask your bank for.
After you have decided the amount of cash you may need, now is time to visit the bank'
Unsecured or Secured
Depending on the amount you are requesting, some banks may offer an unsecured line of credit.
While others will require some type of collateral to secure your business loan. Some items that banks will normally accept as collateral, would be equity in your primary home or business, certain types of business equipment, vehicles, savings accounts or other items sufficient enough to cover the loan.
Start with you local bank, because it sometimes may be easier to get a loan from a local community bank especially if they know you, instead of going to the bigger banks who know nothing about you.
Another idea for a small business line of credit, would be to use a current credit card that has substantial credit available.
You may even want to consider looking for a
new small business credit card
, one that offers a zero percent interest rate on all purchases for a good amount of time