Lending to Contractors: How Alternative Lenders Can Get You The Business Capital You Need!
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Lending to Contractors: How Alternative Lenders Can Get You The Business Capital You Need!

Alternative Lending institutions understand that contractors can have a hard time obtaining the working capital they need through traditional lending channels, such as big banks. The application process is tedious, lengthy, and actually receiving an approval can be quite difficult. Just take a look at our recent blog, “3 Reasons Why Business Loan Applications Get Declined By Traditional Lenders and Alternative Financing Solutions.” Rest assured, there are still many alternative lending options that can be used to acquire the working capital you need.

Equipment Financing: Equipment Financing is a loan product used to help business owners purchase any type of equipment needed to run the business. The loan amount is dependent upon the type of equipment needed, as the repayment term is usually as long as the expected life of the piece of equipment and if it is used or new.

Invoice Factoring: Invoice Factoring is used to finance businesses with short-term cash flow issues – especially when your business doesn’t qualify for a traditional bank loan or any other alternative solution. Your lender will factor your business’ customers’ invoices to match your working capital needs.

Split Funding aka Merchant Cash Advance: Short-term financing transactions that are collected through a set percentage of your Visa and MasterCard sales that are accepted at your place of business. Probably the most common term used in the industry. These do not have a set repayment schedule and are based on the volume of your businesses credit card processing sales. These are usually only guaranteed by the future sales of your business.

Term Loans: A loan that is backed by a bank for an exact amount that has a specified repayment timetable and interest rate that are adjusted accordingly. Terms mature between 1 and 10 years.

ACH Loan: These loans may need personal guarantees, and have a fixed repayment schedule that is paid either daily, weekly or monthly. These products are catered to industries that do not accept credit cards and need a fixed payment.

Business Lines of Credit: A rotating loan that gives business owners access to a fixed amount of money, which they can use day-to-day according to their need for cash. Interest is only paid on the amount of the advance actually used.


The 4 C’s Alternative Lenders Look for When Lending to Contractors

blueprints | excel capital managementAlthough alternative lenders’ guidelines are not as strict as traditional banks’ and lending institutions’, they still take your credit score into consideration when determining your eligibility. You credit score plays a crucial role in obtaining funding, and alternative lenders will look for the four C’s of credit: collateral, capacity, character, and credit. Let’s take a closer look at what each of these mean.

Collateral – Typically in the form of property, collateral are any assets a borrower will offer to secure a loan. If the borrower defaults on the loan, the assets they used as collateral can be seized. Many small business owners are wary of secured loans because of this reason.

Capital – Capital is any business asset that can be sold to make loan payments. This includes available money and savings, investments, properties, and other assets that you could sell quickly for cash.

Capacity – Capacity is a track record that shows your business’ ability to make the revenue needed to pay back the loan.

Character – This is determined by taking a look at the borrower’s personal credit history. Some of the factors taken into account are your total amount of debt, delinquent accounts, available credit, and whether you make payments on time.

Not to worry, if you do not satisfy each of these C’s, there are other factors that are taken into consideration and always other funding options available. This is the beauty of alternative lending to contractors.


The Benefits of Obtaining Funding Through an Alternative Lending Solution

construction-worker | excel capital management As a contractor, if you are able to obtain working capital funding through a traditional lending channel, that is great, however, it can have its downside. Many times you may find yourself in more of a bind than what you started with due to high interest rates and repayment terms. Consider an alternative lender and the benefits below:

  • No personal collateral required
  • Minimum paperwork required
  • Poor credit considered
  • Repayment terms are flexible
  • Fast Processing
  • No personal guarantee
  • No application Fee
  • Builds your business credit
  • Funding can occur in as little as 2 business days


What to Use the Working Capital For

The beautiful thing about acquiring working capital for your contracting business, whether it is your first time or you’ve done it before, is that is can be used for almost anything as long as it pertains to the business. Many contractors opt to use their working capital for payroll, business licenses and permits, new hires and employee training, inventory and equipment purchases, marketing and advertising, equipment repairs, business location purchases, tax payments, unforeseen circumstances, and more. As you can see, the opportunities are endless!


The Application Process

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You may hear the phrase, “do the due diligence” a lot when researching alternative lending for contractors. In simpler terms, this means doing the necessary research before applying and accepting an offer with a lender. There are thousands of lenders and brokers out there – traditional and alternative. Don’t take everything at face value. Learn as much as you can about each lender you are interested in, compare pricing, read reviews, ask questions, and follow your gut if something just doesn’t seem right. You have the right to protect yourself and your business. The last thing you want to do is put your business in more of a financial bind or have setbacks. Research and knowledge is key. Do your due diligence.

Generally, lenders that provide these alternative funding options only require a simple, one-page application, four months of recent business bank statements, and four months of business credit card processing statements to get started. Once these pieces of documentation (and maybe a few others) are received, you can be presented with an approval and funded in as little at three business days!



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