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7 Tips for Getting a Short-Term Loan for Your Business Startup

7 Tips for Getting a Short-Term Loan for Your Business Startup

Getting loans for small business startups is not an easy task, the reason being that startups are not eligible for loans from banks. But there are several other ways of financing your business. To find the most convenient means of funding a business, you will have to look under the rocks.

Here are some of the ways of getting good loans for startups.

1. Using retirement account (ROBS)

Rollover for Business Startups, known as ROBS, allows you to invest the funds from a retirement account without requiring you to pay any early withdrawal penalties. You do not have to pay income taxes either. With adequate professional help, you can use the retirement account for a new business. To utilize ROBS, it is essential that the company is set up as “C” corporation. If the company becomes successful and starts generating profits, then a portion of the money will go to your 401K, the amount of which is calculated according to the percentage of ownership. You can consult a ROB’s specialist to make the best of opportunity.

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2. Peer-to-Peer Loan

There are Peer-to-Peer websites which focus on offering personal loans for three to five years. The aim of the loan is to pay off the credit cards or debt consolidation. Personal loans can be used for starting a business.

The problem with this type of loan is that you will be eligible for it if you have good credit score. If your credit rating is not okay, then do not waste time trying to get this loan.

3. Conventional Bank Loans

The biggest advantage of these loans is that they have pretty low interest rates. The rates are low because there is no involvement of any federal agency. These loans can have a shorter time for payment as compared to the SBA loans. They can often include balloon payments. It can be a little difficult to get approved for the loan.

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4. Alternative lenders

For small business startups that lack strong financial history, the alternative lenders sound like a very attractive option. They mostly offer online applications. The decisions on approval are made in just hours, and the funding is provided within five days of the request.

The benefit of working with alternative lenders is that you have a chance to finance your business even without a strong financial background. There are a few limitations about the usage of the loan, but approval for the loan is instant. The drawback is that the interest rates can be higher as compared to the ones charged by banks.

5. Using credit cards for financing a startup business

It can be a cost-efficient method of paying for the startup. Several credit cards offer zero percent interest promos. During that period you can borrow money free of any interest. There are rewards and cashback programs. These programs allow you to earn money for your business by just charging the purchases of the card. Some cards allow you to make $500 by only signing up for the card and making a few purchases in the first few months.

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Business credit can be built by responsible use of the card. Credit cards are also sufficient for good debt consolidation tool. You can transfer balances and save money on interest by taking advantage of the zero percent interest.

The disadvantage of credit cards is that they are not a stable source of credit. The credit card companies have the right to lower the credit limit without any warning. The interest rates are high as compared to other sources of capital. Using personal credit cards for business can affect the individual credit card score.

6. Borrowing from acquaintances

Pitch your idea to your friends and family. If they like your idea, they will be willing to contribute some money for the startup. Remember to get the loan in writing so there is no misunderstanding later on.

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7. Use crowdfunding

You can focus on raising small amounts of money by involving a large number of people. This can be done by using a crowdfunding website. There are different ways of crowdfunding.

You can build a strong foundation of your startup by opting for any of these short-term loans. They will give your start up the boost it needs while giving your investment a security blanket as well.

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Last Updated on April 3, 2019

How to Nix Your Credit Card Debt in Less Than 3 Years

How to Nix Your Credit Card Debt in Less Than 3 Years

Debt is never a fun thing to be in. But, there are many actions that you can take that will help you rid yourself of the burden of debt once and for all.

By coming up with a set plan, eliminating your debt can feel much easier than constantly thinking about it.

This post will provide some tips on how you can do this to help you nix your credit card debt in less than 3 years.

Hint: there are ways that are easier than you think.

1. Consider Consolidating Multiple Credit Cards If Possible

This may not be applicable to you, but if you have multiple cards – it is something to consider. Keeping up with multiple bills is time consuming.

It will depend on the balance you have on each. Consolidate ones you can but do not do it to the point that you get too close to the maximum limit. Also, it is ideal to pick the card with the lower interest rate.

Consider if there are any fees or alternatively, rewards, with transferring a balance to another card. Watch out for fees. Note that some cards offer rewards for transferring a balance to them. This is extra cash that can help go towards paying off your debt.

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Having one or two cards can make nixing your debt much simpler than keeping up with the balance of a bunch of cards. Keeping track of paying the minimum towards a bunch of cards is time consuming. Spend the time to consolidate instead to make the overall process simpler going forward.

My tip: Have one main credit card. Have a second one that you use for necessities – such as groceries or gas – that offers rewards for those purchases (a lot of cards do) and set the second one on auto-pay. You should be able to pay off a smaller amount on auto-pay if it is a necessity. If you think you cannot, then you may need to cut down a lot on expenses.

Why do I suggest doing this? Having one thing set to auto-pay is one less thing to think about. One less thing to waste time on. Same idea with consolidating to one main card. Tracking down too many is a hassle.

2. Try to Pay the Full Balance You Spent Each Month at the Very Least

You need to pay off the amount you are spending each month when that bill comes in. This is the amount you spent THAT month.

Do not let the debt keep accruing while you work on paying any unpaid debt that has accrued. It will become a never-ending battle. Try as best as you can to be current on paying for each month’s expenses when that month’s bill comes out.

If this is a strain, consider why. You may need to cut expenses. Or you may need to consider other cards. Or look at where this money is going.

3. Pay Extra When You Can – Every Small Amount Counts

This cannot be emphasized enough. If you are looking at a lot of credit card debt, it can look daunting, but each extra amount that you can put towards the debt will really add up – no matter how small it is.

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It does not just reduce the principal amount that you have left to pay off, but it reduces the amount that is collecting interest. You will always save money with that reduced interest.

4. Create a Plan on How to Pay Extra

Back to the main point, having this plan is giving you one less thing to think about.

This plan should be a plan that works for you. If it does not work for you, your spending habits, and your views on debt, then it will not be an effective plan.

For instance, if a set plan of an extra $50 (or another amount that you know you can afford) works for you, then do that. Set that aside every month and pay that extra amount. Treat it like a bill. Choose an amount that works for you and pay it like clockwork as though it was a bill you had to pay each month.

Little amounts will not nix it entirely, but they will help tackle it and having a set plan can make it less of a chore. Creating a new plan of how much to put towards it each month is an unnecessary added stress.

5. Cut out Costs for Services You Do Not Use

If you are signed up for subscriptions that you do not use because of some free trial or for some other reason, cut it out. Your overall financial position will look better.

In turn, that will make cutting your credit card debt easier. Look at your statements to find these expenses. If you do not use them, you may forget you are paying some unnecessary amount each month. Cutting it out can really add up in savings that you can put towards other needed expenses.

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6. Get Aggressive About It

Consider these points:

Depending on the interest and the level of debt, you may need to give up a few indulgences. For example, instead of ordering delivery or going out to eat, cook at home. Everything adds up.

Other things may be more of a sacrifice. It may be a trip you wanted to go on, or a daily latte habit you’ve picked up. In these instances, consider how important it is to you and if it’s worth the sacrifice. And if it is a costly expense, think whether you can wait to indulge.

Cutting an extravagant expense can really help make a dent in your overall debt. Try not to add to debt when you are trying to pay it off. It will be a never-ending battle. Make it less of a battle with these tips and it will feel easier.

Bottom line: Do what you can to make this process easier for you. Implement steps that do this. It takes time now, but will help overall. Also, keep track of your spending and paying down of your debts. Which is the next point.

7. Reevaluate Your Progress at Set Intervals

Doing a regular check-in can help you see your efforts pay off or maybe indicate that you need to give this a bit more effort. If you check every 3-6 months, it will not feel so much like a chore or feel so daunting.

By doing this, you will be able to better understand your progress and perhaps readjust your plan. Bonus: if you see it pay off, it will feel great to do this check-in. You will get there.

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Finally (and most importantly)…

8. Keep Trying

Do not get discouraged. Pushing it off will make it worse. Just keep trying.

Once your debt becomes lower, each monthly payment will reduce the balance more. Why? You are paying less towards interest. It will be a snowball effect eventually and it will become much easier to manage. Just get to that point. And know once you do, it will feel easier and motivating.

Start Knocking out Your Debt Today

The best way to eliminate debt is to get started right away. Begin by implementing the above steps and watch your debt just melt away. Try out some of the above strategies and see what works best for you. Soon you’ll be on your way to a debt free life.

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