How Much Should You Borrow When Taking Out A Business Loan?

Some people look at debt as a bad thing however there are not many companies (including the largest organisations) that do not have some level of debt. Getting into a level of debt and investing this in growth could be more beneficial in the long-term. Commercial real estate lending is an option that a lot of people consider. However, if you are going down this path, how much should you actually borrow and under what terms?

Company Growth

Sometimes people take extra cash just for the fact that that they want to invest it in something where they will see a level of growth. Some people have good concepts and ideas in this respect, however, in order to turn this into something meaningful they then need to justify why this money will be well spent. If this is spent on things that just consume debt, then you could then find yourself in the same situation very quickly where the money is repaid, and you still don’t have the level of growth you were looking for. In order to get commercial real estate loans, they will want to see this level of detail in some type of plan  This should be pretty detailed to show that the lender is not at risk of not receiving the repayments back. How much you then borrow for company growth needs to be defined in this plan in totality.

Debt Issues

If you are struggling with debt in the company or you have invoices that you just cannot pay, then the option of a short term loan may be what you need.  If, however by taking this loan you have no real plans in how you will eliminate the debt and not look for more, you could struggle to get the loan you need. Justification is always looked at from lenders. The amount that you request may include refinancing the debt you have (potentially moving it all together and onto a lower interest rate) or it could be to pay some of this but having more up your sleeve for a rainy day. The general guidance is that companies should have 3 times their normal monthly income saved away to ensure that if something drastic happens they still have funds sitting away to cover normal payments and salary.

What Will The Lender Give Me?

Lenders are sometimes keen to give away money as if they know it is low-risk then they will get a much better interest rate from the repayments than by putting it in a normal bank account. Don’t be caught up in the enthusiasm to take out more money than is needed as remember that you are paying interest on this. People look at this money as their own, but the mindset needs to be that this is not money that is theirs to waste and something that will need to be paid back.

Think carefully about how much you need to borrow when taking out a business loan.