As a small business owner, you may find you need a loan but don’t know where to start. You may even ask yourself, “How can I get approved for a commercial loan?”
A commercial loan is a money-lending agreement between your business and a financial institution. Financial institutions don’t hand out commercial loans to just anyone. There are specific rules and eligibility requirements you’ll need to meet.
As a growing business, you may be interested in a loan because you are growing and need to buy equipment, acquire more office space, or invest in training more staff.
Learn everything you need to know about commercial loan options and how you can get approved for the loan you need.
How to Get a Commercial Loan
One of the first steps in getting approved for a commercial loan is deciding the type of loan you want to take out. Different loans can have different processes for approval. Don’t worry if you don’t know which kind of loan you need. At Ivanhoe Capital Investors, we specialize in helping our clients find the best fit and rate for their business.
SBA Loans or Traditional Term Loans
SBA and traditional term loans typically have high borrowing maximums. For example, SBA loans have a maximum of $5 million.
Lenders, including the SBA, often offer specific loan types that are meant to fit your growing company’s needs. For example, a lender may offer a specific type of loan for purchasing equipment or vehicles.
By contrast, traditional loans encompass commercial hard money loans, practice loans, commercial real estate loans, and more.
How to Get Approved for a Commercial Loan
Just like home and car loans, commercial loans require documentation, a good credit score, and specific information about your business and its needs.
Your Business Credit Score
If you don’t know your credit score, you can check it at one of the three major credit bureaus: Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion.
Lower interest rate business loans are offered to businesses with a score of at least 680. Sometimes it needs to be even more. If your credit score is lower than that, you may want to look into ways to improve it before you apply for a commercial loan. Alternatively, you can consider small-business loans for borrowers with poor credit, which typically have higher interest rates.
How Long You’ve Been in Business
Small business loans require you to have been operational for at least one year. Most banks require two years of operation to qualify for a bank loan.
Does Your Business Make Enough Money?
Lenders often have a minimum annual revenue that a business must reach before they consider lending to it. Depending on the lender, this can range anywhere from $50,000 to $250,000.
If you have a lower revenue business, you can look into short-term business loans and SBA microloans.
Average Business Loan Rate
According to the Federal Reserve, the average business loan interest rate ranges from 2.54% to 7.02% at banks. However, commercial loan rates vary widely due to many factors, including loan type, credit history, and loan length.
Lenders often offer many types of small-business loans, with rates varying from product to product. The best interest rates often come from SBA loans which the U.S. Small Business Administration backs. SBA loan interest rates range from 5.50% to 8%.