As a business owner, sometimes you need a short-term loan to meet various financial needs or to expand operations without being locked into long-term debt. This is where a business line of credit comes in handy. It's similar to a personal line of credit in that it allows you access to funds for spending on everyday expenses, but it differs in several key ways. In this article, we explore what they are exactly and how you can go about accessing one for your business.
What is a business line of credit?
A business line of credit is a type of financing that allows you to take out a certain amount of money at any time.
Unlike a traditional loan where you have to pay back every time you borrow, with a business line of credit you only make payments once – when the line reaches its limit. Business lines are most commonly used by small businesses (particularly startups) because they don’t require much collateral or paperwork upfront.
They can also be helpful when there isn’t enough cash flow available in one month to cover all your bills: With access to funds at any time via an interest-bearing account, the business owner can use those funds until they receive another payment for services rendered or sold products.
How does a business line of credit work?
A business line of credit is a revolving line of credit. This means you have access to a certain amount of money, but you can borrow as much as you want up to this limit. The lender will set a limit on how much you can borrow, but if it's not enough for your business needs, then the lender will increase your limit (or "draw") so that your business has more working capital available at any given time.
The amount that a business line of credit allows you to borrow depends on several factors:
The terms and conditions offered by each lender
Your financial strength as determined by your credit score and other personal information
The amount of collateral you put up for the loan
Your business’s cash flow and profitability
The type of industry it's in
How long you have been in business etc
What are the requirements to get a business line of credit?
The requirements to get a business line of credit will vary between lenders. Generally, you'll need to provide proof of income and revenue for your business and possibly other personal information. You'll also need to meet certain lending standards such as having a strong credit score, which can be determined by reviewing your report from each of the three major credit bureaus: Equifax, Experian and TransUnion.
You can also get a business line of credit if you have a personal line of credit with the lender. You may qualify for the same interest rate as your personal line if you've had it for at least six months. If you don't meet this requirement, your business will likely receive a higher interest rate than your personal credit card or loan.
When should a business consider a line of credit?
Whenever you need one. It's that simple.
Many businesses use lines of credit for day-to-day operations, as well as for big purchases and quick cash infusions at moments when their working capital needs are suddenly greater than usual. The flexibility inherent in most lines of credit means that they can be used to temporarily cover cash flow fluctuations or large purchases that might otherwise put your business in jeopardy.
It's also helpful if you're planning on making some large investments after receiving funding from investors—a line of credit can help bridge the gap while those investments come through and make it possible for you to do more with less money out of pocket.
In short: if there's ever something on your business wish list that would cause financial stress but doesn't have an immediate source of funding attached, then a line of credit may be just what your company needs!
A business line of credit can be an effective way to manage cash flow and access funds quickly when needed. Knowing how it works, how much you need, and how much interest you’ll pay will help you choose the right financing solution for your business.
Learn how to grow from an entrepreneur to CEO with Blaze Group. Access community messaging, virtual co-working sessions, customizable business templates, business courses, and more — all from a single source. Try it free today. LEARN MORE