How to Get a Small Business Loan

Starting a small business can be a challenging task. One of the most significant obstacles is obtaining the necessary funding to get your business off the ground. While there are several ways to secure funding, small business loans are one of the most popular options. In this article, we will explore how to get a small business loan.

  1. Determine your business needs: Before applying for a small business loan, you need to identify how much money you need to borrow. This includes figuring out the specific expenses you need the loan for, such as purchasing inventory, equipment, or leasing space. Knowing your business's specific funding needs will help you apply for the right loan.

  2. Check your credit score: Lenders will review your credit score to determine if you qualify for a loan and to establish the loan's interest rate. A high credit score will increase your chances of obtaining a loan with a lower interest rate, while a low credit score may result in a higher interest rate or loan denial. Review your credit report and dispute any errors to increase your chances of approval.

  3. Research lenders: There are several types of lenders available, such as traditional banks, credit unions, and online lenders. Each lender has different lending requirements, rates, and terms. Do your research and find a lender that aligns with your business's specific needs.

  4. Gather necessary documents: Lenders will require several documents to process your loan application, such as business and personal tax returns, financial statements, bank statements, and a business plan. Make sure you have all necessary documents organized and ready to present to the lender.

  5. Apply for the loan: Once you have determined the type of loan and lender that aligns with your business needs, you can apply for the loan. The loan application process typically requires a completed application, business and personal financial documents, and a business plan. Be prepared to answer additional questions from the lender during the loan application process.

  6. Wait for approval: The lender will review your loan application and financial documents to determine if you qualify for the loan. This process may take several weeks, so be patient. If approved, you will receive a loan offer with the loan's terms, including the interest rate, payment schedule, and other important information.

  7. Accept the loan offer: If you accept the loan offer, you will need to sign the loan agreement and provide any additional information the lender requires. Once completed, the lender will disburse the loan funds to your business bank account.

Obtaining a small business loan can be an excellent way to get your business off the ground. By following the steps outlined in this article, you can increase your chances of obtaining a loan that aligns with your business's specific needs. Remember to do your research, gather all necessary documents, and be patient during the loan application process. Good luck!

For more information, contact us:

Lawhorn & Associates Mortgage Co.

100 Jefferson St., South, Suite 100B
Huntsville, Al 35801

(256) 539-0555 (Office)
(256) 337-3700 (Cell)

* Specific loan program availability and requirements may vary. Please get in touch with your mortgage advisor for more information.