Small Business Loan : Recipe for Success

Looking for a small business loan – you've come to the right place – we have the recipe for success in landing that loan for your startup business.

We tapped the smarts of Maria Morris – a Regional Business Banking
Representative (fancy term for “small business expert”) with Washington
Mutual – to provide five recommendations for better success in getting
a loan.

Recipe for small business loan success

  1. Review and clean up your personal credit report.
      Since many financial institutions review the business owner’s credit
    in addition to the business’ credit, it’s a good idea to make sure the
    information is accurate.  Identity theft and unresolved errors can
    cause needless delays in your application process.  Signing up for a
    credit score monitoring service or reviewing your credit report once a
    year may stop a problem from snowballing.  
  2. Include all your assets.
      Many business owners don’t include all of their business and personal
    assets on a business application.  Including all assets provides a
    clear picture to the lender. The stronger the balance sheet, the better
    the chance of getting approved.
  3. Be prepared.
    You’ll likely be asked to provide supporting financial documentation,
    especially for larger loans. Most financial institutions require at
    least two years of business and personal tax returns, along with an
    interim financial statement.  Be proactive and gather these in advance
    or authorize a CPA to provide them to the financial institution. You’ll
    want to make sure that your tax returns include all schedules as well.
  4. Look for relationships.
      Establish a relationship with your bank. Many financial institutions
    provide relationship pricing based on the quality of long-standing
    relationships. 
  5. Follow the retail lead.   Enhance your personal banking relationship by doing your business banking at the same institution. 

There’s your recipe for successfully streamlining your small business
loan application process from your bank. Now the rest is up to you –
so, get cookin’!

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