Like any important business decision, finding a line of credit should be done carefully. Look, we all get a little zealous when we have a good idea, but that doesn't mean we have to rush things and risk doing them wrong.
What if an entrepreneur never had the opportunity to thrive in the annals of innovation? What if he or she never received the capital, technology, networks and information crucial to the founding and flourishing of business ventures?
A key retailer in your space wants more of your product, and others are competing for it. But you're also sinking capital into making your product up to eight months before you'll get paid for it. How do you get the funds right now?
In communities throughout the U.S., there are 10.8 million stories of small business owners who are on the brink of success and primed to create jobs for themselves and others. Yet, they cannot access the loan that would put them over the edge.
In part, the JOBS Act permits entrepreneurs to raise up to $1 million in any 12-month period with much less stringent requirements. Moreover, non-accredited investors will be permitted to invest up to $2,000 each.
Capacity, capital, collateral, credit, and character are the "Five Cs" that loan offers learn in Lending 101. But to most small-business loan applicants in need of money, it is an esoteric and arduous exercise.
The U.S. Small Business Administration has a cadre of talented staff whose goal is to help small-business owners succeed. Yet, if there was ever a way to tell someone to not go into business, their newly redesigned website is it.