9 Potential Options For Short-Term Loans

Long Term Loans are almost always necessary for a company to generate enough startup capital to get off the ground.  However, there are often snags and complications along the way.  This is where a timely short-term loan may be the difference between a company succeeding, or closing its doors permanently.  Let’s explore some of the available options.

Refund Anticipation Loans (RAL) 

            If your books are in good standing and you have an incorporated accountant working for you, you may be able eligible to apply for a refund anticipation loan.  Basically, this takes into account what you would be getting refunded come tax season, and gives it to you now.  The bright side is there is no need to pay it back, as its yours to begin with.  The flipside being that if you were counting on some cash in April to get you through, you’ll have to find it somewhere else.

Credit Card Almighty

This might not be news to anyone, but it’s a good method to keep in mind.  If you’re short on cash and need to make an urgent transaction, just charge it to the card.  Get some travel points while you’re at it!  Interest rates for not promptly paying for these loans should come as no surprise to anyone. More details!

Personal Loans For Bad Credit

            If you’re not in good standing with the bank, or other financial institutions it may be time to swallow your pride and call up mom & dad, or a friend.  Although usually fairly informal, take extreme caution that clear guidelines are set for repayment.  There are few better ways to destroy a personal relationship than money squabbles.  Be honest with yourself, and your lender.

Other Methods

            These first three options don’t apply to your situation?  Let’s explore a few more options that might be more up your alley.

-Crowdsourcing- Companies that take an active part in their communities and are well-respected, or provide something wholly unique may want to consider crowdsourcing.  This can be done through Gofundme, and other platforms.  Loan sizes should be kept to a minimum, and offer contributors an incentive for helping out your company.  On larger scales, crowdsourcing can be used to find investors to take a stake in your company

-Accounts Receivable Factoring- While waiting on customers to make post-dated payments to accounts receivable, you can have them pay you, and when the customer pays up, the debt to AR is resolved.  This is great because it keeps the loan completely in house.

Line Of Credit- Going into overdraft might be your best option, if your bank account qualifies.  Basically, you are spending money that you don’t have.  This debt must be paid off within a year.

-Take The Bus- A Title Loan might be in your best interests.  By singing over the deed to your car, or some other valuable possession to a third-party as collateral for a short-term loan, you may be able to get yourself out of that hole.  Be confident that you can pay off the loan in a month, or you may never see that car again.

-Online Loan Services- There are many options for online loan brokers.  These work very identically to physical loan brokers and come with their own fine print and interest rates.

Trade Credit- As a company, you are often a customer the services and products of another company as well.  The same policies apply to you as the customers at your company;  payment is required in 30 days or less.

 

Hopefully these options have been helpful.  But beware: short-term loans are designed (as their name suggests) to be paid back quickly, or high interest rates and penalties will apply.  If you are looking for financial assistance over a greater amount of time, it may be best looking at long term loans. Click here for more information: https://www.forbes.com/advisor/personal-loan/