Agreed, a business loan can reduce your company’s financial issues to a great extent. It can help you kick start a new venture, solve cash flow issues, expand your company and purchase new resources and equipment. Entrepreneurs also prefer availing a business loan as it is easy to apply for and easier to repay. Moreover, you can take a business loan without any collateral too. Therefore, it is usually a beneficial choice to solve the financial issues of any organization. Having said that, to get a business loan, you must fulfill the eligibility criteria. Lenders process your business loan application on several parameters. Knowing about these factors in detail can help you improve the chances of getting business loan approval. Read on.


  • Credit score

It is crucial to have a robust credit score to avail any loan. A business loan is no different. To ensure loan approval, you must have a high credit rating and a healthy credit report. The credit score/rating of your business reflects its creditworthiness and repayment capacity. Credit rating is given by Credit rating agencies, which review your business revenue, performance, debts, etc. Similarly, lenders also review the credit score of the directors or proprietors of the business before approving the loan. The credit rating and score determine the approval and also, the amount and interest rate of the loan.


  • Cash flow and business plan

Lenders closely scrutinize the business stability before approving the loan. They review the cash low status of the business and consider its cash, credit history, revenue and sales. They also consider the outstanding payments, liabilities and debts. They also carry out detailed due diligence of the business to analyze the chances of default and its recovery.

Lenders also inquire about the purpose the loan is sought for. If you plan to avail the loan to expand your business or start a new business, you might have to provide a detailed plan for the business loan and how you plan to repay the loan with the business revenue. After reviewing the business viability, they decide if it's safe to lend you the business loan. A proper business layout and promising sales projections can help you get approval faster and get better deals.


  • Types of business

The category of business your organization falls into can also determine the approval chances. Your business can be cyclic, seasonal, etc. Lenders can ask you about the revenue-generating months and how old the company is. If the business is seasonal or is adversely affected by the ups and downs of the business, it can impact the approval and business loan interest rates. Similarly, loan approval also depends on the stage of the business, its viability and expansion plans as it can impact the repayment of the loan value.


Knowing the factors that affect the approval can help you when you apply for loan. Apart from these factors, the asset you furnish as collateral also affects the approval. Therefore, you must carefully check your business viability and furbish adequate documents before you apply for business loans to ensure approval.  

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