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When to Consider a Small Business Loan

March 29, 2023

Many entrepreneurs use personal savings and credit to cover their initial costs because it can be difficult to get a business loan for a startup without a proven track record and credit history. However, relying on credit cards with high-interest rates and low credit limits is not a sustainable situation. Take a look at the advantages of a business loan.
“The responsible use of business loans will help build financial credibility for your company, which will open doors for other opportunities that can help you grow and expand - such as higher lending limits, and trade credit with vendors and suppliers,” writes contributor Ashley Sweren.

Figuring out how and when to transition the bulk of financing from your personal loan, credit, or savings to a business loan becomes much easier when you have built a strong relationship and work closely with your financial institution. The EFFCU Business Lending team can look at your business plans and finances and tell you what types of loans are available to you. It's possible you can currently get a business loan with a favorable rate and don’t have to delay. If you aren’t likely to qualify right now, Business Lending can help determine what steps you can take to become a better candidate in the future.

It’s important to note that you should not wait until you are in dire need of funding to begin your loan application. Obtaining a loan is not instantaneous, so don’t wait until a large piece of machinery breaks or you run out of inventory before beginning your application. Waiting could mean an interruption in business operations and a potential loss of income. If you aren't sure how much you need, don't worry - we have a business loan calculator available for you.

Furthermore, waiting too long could actually have a negative impact on your application.

“The truth is, it’s easier to secure a loan or a line of credit when you don’t need one rather than waiting until the situation is dire,” states Ami Kassar, CEO and Founder of and Guest Writer for Entrepreneur magazine. “If your business is doing well – you have accounts receivable, industry growth is strong, and you have good credit – now is the time to consider a loan or a line of credit.”

Small, community-based financial institutions like Education First are historically known to be more business-friendly than big, national bank chains, so they are a great place to go to discuss this issue further. If you would like to learn more about possibilities for your small business; reach out to Education First FCU's Business Lending Department to begin building a positive relationship that could lead to a more profitable future. If you're ready to get started, you can apply for a business loan today.