People Also Ask
Are Revenue Based Business Loans Better Than Equity Financing?
Revenue Based Business Loans bears numerous similarities to equity financing. Both options technically involve selling a portion of your revenue. The difference is that with debt financing, you have to pay interest and fees, but you maintain complete control of the business. With equity financing, on the other hand, you don’t have to pay interest or fees, but you do have to sacrifice a percentage of ownership.
In general, debt financing is typically favored by businesses that are willing to pay interest and fees in exchange for maintaining control of the company.
How Much Will My Payments Be For Revenue Based Business Loans?
Your payments will be a percentage of your daily, weekly, or monthly revenue. This percentage is determined through a series of factors, like credit score, cash flow, and your ability to provide collateral. Similar criteria are used to determine your repayment frequency.
Let’s say your business lender allows you to make monthly payments at 10%. If you made $20,000 in revenue for one month, your payment would be $2,000. But maybe business slows down the following month, and you only earn $10,000 in sales. In this case, you would only have to pay $1,000.
How Can I Use The Funds From Revenue Based Business Loans?
Technically, you can use the funds in any way you like. Your intended purpose of the funds will likely have zero impact on your application. However, specific initiatives will more effectively capitalize on the advantages of the repayment and fee structure. Earlier, we noted that the total cost of the loan decreases when your payments are more spread out. Thus, you could use the funds during a slow period to prepare for a busy period in the coming months. You’d make smaller payments when business is slow and more substantial payments when sales pick back up.
The more time between your slow and busy seasons, the less you’d pay for the loan. You’d pay more if you tried paying it off as soon as possible.
Why Haven’t I Heard of Revenue Based Business Loans?
Compared to other business financing products, Revenue Based Business Loans are relatively new. It’s one of the few products that doesn’t prioritize credit score, and the repayment structure is unique. But more and more business lenders have realized that credit score is not always the most accurate indicator of someone’s ability to repay. Many business owners also have poor credit due to circumstances beyond their control. Unfortunately, much of the business financing industry is still figuring that out.
In summary, you probably haven’t heard of this product because only some business lenders are shaping their offerings to suit borrowers with poor credit.
How Much Does My Credit Score Matter?
Not much. Low credit scores do not significantly harm your chances of getting approved for a revenue based business loan. At United Capital Source, we’re more concerned about how much revenue your business makes and how much your financing will help you keep building that revenue.
How Long Will It Take To Pay Off My Revenue Based Business Loan?
The amount of time it takes to pay off your loan depends on how fast your revenue grows. Since the more significant the revenue, the bigger the payment, and the quicker your loan gets paid off. However, smaller revenue months mean lower payments too, and a longer time to pay off the loan.
If you’re hoping to pay your loan off faster, work on boosting your revenue.
Why Should I Consider Revenue-Based Financing Over a Traditional Business Loan?
Getting a traditional business loan can take days or even weeks and require one or more in-person meetings. They can require additional business documentation and paperwork. And conventional business loans tend to focus on a business’s credit history and credit score.
You should consider a revenue-based business loan if you’re looking for fast access to funds for your quickly growing business. Maybe you have had credit challenges in the past. Yet now you need money for your business. If you can provide bank statements to verify your consistently growing revenues, a revenue based business loan could be just what you need.