While ‘How do you plan to repay the loan’ is one of the many questions creditors ask while approving small business loans, the list is quite comprehensive.
Securing funding for a business is a challenging task. Hence, thorough preparation on your part can go a long way in the loan application process. Below is a guide of the possible questions you need to answer while opting for small loans.
What is your business plan?
Among other factors, creditors base business loan eligibility criteria on the business plan. You must also highlight adequate contingency schemes to give your plan a more reassuring look. Considering the various socio, economic, and political factors will help you develop a concrete plan.
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How much money do you need?
This is an obvious question, which requires a detailed answer. A correct estimation of the funds shows fiscal awareness and entrepreneurial maturity on your part. You must break down the use of money at each stage of development to enhance the chances of funding.
At Bajaj Finserv, you can get a business loan up to Rs. 50 lakh at a competitive interest rate.
What is your business financial and credit score?
Keep the lending history of your business with you while approaching your lender. It includes:
- Current and past loans
- Debts incurred
- Investment and credit card accounts
Along with business financial details, your lender will look at your credit score. A credit score highlights the financial health and trustworthiness of your business. It is one of the most vital parameters that can decide interest on business loans.
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Where is the audited financial statement of your business?
Audited financial statements include the balance sheet. It lists out your business assets, liabilities, and capital. When you present an audited statement to your creditor, there are chances of business loan interest rates going down.
Because of extra steps taken by an external auditor, these statements are more likely to be error-free. You must at least have profit and loss statements for the past three years.
Where are your financial details and credit score?
Note that your financial details also form an essential part of the queries made by potential lenders. Personal financial details include your net worth and details on assets and liabilities like investment accounts, credit card accounts, vehicles, and homes, among others.
With increasing cases of bad loans, lenders have become more cautious and use personal financial details and credit scores to judge business loan eligibility criteria. A good personal credit score has a positive impact on the creditor.
How will you use the loan proceeds?
Lenders need to know how they can get a return on their investment. A careful approach on your part in investing the loan amount for a productive business operation goes a long way in securing the funds at competitive interest rates.
A detailed plan for the expenditure of loan amount is critical in the application process. Expenditure data along with ROI figures allay fears on the part of the lender.
Does your business have the ability to repay the loan?
From an investor's point of view, loan repayment is the biggest concern. As a businessman, your best bet is to list out similar profitable ventures in the past. Some lenders ask for collateral if there are doubts about repayment. We at Bajaj Finserv don't need any collateral while processing your loan application.
What is your repayment strategy?
The chances of loan approval hinge on your repayment strategy. Lenders need a clear strategy to gauge the safety of their investment. They want reassurance that you will survive the difficulties of business and still repay the loan.
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This EMI calculator can help you plan your repayment strategy.
A business loan interview can work to the advantage of both the lender and borrower. While it helps a lender better understand future investment prospects, it gives the borrower a chance to introspect about the proposed venture.
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