Strategic Borrowing for Small Businesses
Many small business owners may think that the world strategy is synonymous with multinational and multimillion-dollar corporations. But just like a multinational organization looks at planning for both short-term and long-term growth, a small business should take similar cues and use that practice as a way to outline their own future. Small businesses should take matters of small business funding far more seriously because, unlike the big entities, they do not have access to capital markets or investment banking channels that are critical to their success and borrowing needs. Therefore, they will have to look at strategic borrowing options of their own to stay afloat, and grow into a potentially small and medium enterprise.
Know When To Borrow
It does make sense to seek your first small business funding when you start. But as time progresses, as an owner or a manager, you should identify both the purpose and the sense behind your next borrowing. Use strategic insights in identifying the future costs of borrowing, the return on investment (ROI) on projects, and how quickly you can turnaround your products into sales for maximum impact.
Know-How Much to Borrow
When you take the strategic approach you will engage in cost-benefit analysis and how your borrowing can impact your overall structure of the business. It is wise to know beforehand where the borrowing will be used, such as the purchase of equipment, finance customer credit, lease equipment, prepay for future bills, or expand into new regions and markets. Borrowing more than required can increase pressure on cash flows as your interest rate payments will also rise, leaving less for operational needs.
Know What Loan Suits You Best
Many small business owners are not aware of the type of loan that suits their needs. A lender may have a wide variety of loans to offer, and it relies on your own business needs. Through strategic borrowing, you can seek a mix of loans. A working capital loan can help you finance operational expenses, or contractual payments that affect your product manufacturing, or services delivered. They are quick to get, have low-interest rates, and require no collateral. A small business loan is usually sought at the start of a business and is appropriate for initial funding needs to pay for equipment, supplies, marketing, and everyday expenses. They are also easier to get, require no collateral and have low-interest rates attached. Lastly, a business line of credit both secured and unsecured can help you expand into new markets, initiate mergers, and start new ventures. These are usually revolving, and are critical to your overall strategic financial needs. Their interest rates and repayment terms may vary and some collateral may be required.
Because different lenders might seek different information, ensure that you have all relevant information ready. This involves having budget and cash flow statements, income statements, taxation receipts, business registration papers, and business plans. Keep an eye on your credit score too, and provide an outline to the lender for prompt and speedy loan processing.
Strategic borrowing will require you to look into the future and analyze your needs that suit your growth. Engaging in wrong borrowing decisions has been the biggest risk small business face.