On Deck vs CAN Capital for April 2019

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On Deck vs CAN Capital

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With all the difficulties in today's economy, many people are choosing to open their own business instead of working for a traditional employer. Whether you're just starting your business, expanding your already-established business, or even hanging out a shingle as an online company, it's likely that at some point you'll need a business loan to successfully meet your customer's needs and your business goals.

In the past, small business owners relied heavily on traditional brick-and-mortar banks in order to finance their business loans. Often that meant that borrowers had to rely on their own reputation and relationship with their local bank. Getting the lowest possible interest rate was also more challenging, since there were few lending options from which to choose.

ON DECK

OnDeck started in 2007 to focus on helping small businesses with a major issue: Financing. Since then, they have helped more than 50,000 small businesses across more than 700 industries in both the US and Canada with more than $8 billion in business loans and lines of credit.

There are three primary types of small business loans offered by OnDeck:

  • Short-Term Loans: Up to $250,000 with repayment terms from 3-12 months
  • Long-Term Loans: Up to $500,000 with repayment terms from 15-36 months
  • Lines of Credit: Up to $100,000

OnDeck's business loan application process is straightforward and only takes about 10 minutes to complete. You enter simple information such as your business history, your desired loan amount, and similar details. Once that is complete, OnDeck's online system evaluates your business and provides a decision in a matter of minutes. Funding can take place as soon as 24 hours later.

In order to qualify for a loan from OnDeck, there are a number of basic requirements that must be met. For example, businesses must have at least 1 year of history, one of the business owners or partners must have a personal credit score of 600 or higher, and the business must demonstrate revenue of at least $100,000 in annual revenue. While this means that OnDeck would not be suitable for pure startups, many businesses should still be able to meet Ondeck's starting conditions and quickly be on the way to securing their business loan.

One unique aspect of OnDeck's loan repayment terms is that payments are made on a daily or weekly basis, rather than the traditional monthly payments one would expect from a loan. We think this is a good feature for both the lender and the borrower. The business owner can better stay on top of their repayments, rather than experiencing the snowball effect that can occur when trying to make larger monthly payments. OnDeck benefits by lessening their risk of repayment. This may be one contributing factor to the low rates that OnDeck passes on to their borrowers.

Another feature we liked about OnDeck is their transparency with regards to fees charged. OnDeck charges low loan origination fees that top out at 2.5%, with discounted fees on subsequent loans to help build customer loyalty. Their loan interest rates are extremely competitive in the industry, averaging around 15% on their term loans and 10% on business lines of credit.

We're impressed with OnDeck's A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, and by numerous positive reviews across a wide spectrum of businesses who recommend OnDeck's simple process, helpful customer service, and overall loan experience. For all these reasons, OnDeck is a fantastic option for businesses in need of a business loan, and they earn our highest rating.

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CAN CAPITAL

Established in 1998, Georgia-based CAN Capital offers business loans ranging from $2,500 to $150,000 or more with terms from 4-24 months. CAN Capital focuses specifically on small business owners, with tools, resources, and blog posts directed towards helping them to grow their businesses and succeed.

Unfortunately, CAN Capital is not one of the lenders in our review who make business loans to startups: they require borrowers to have been in business for at least four months and have monthly revenue that is relatively stable.

The application process is relatively simple and is comparable to other lenders' in our review: enter basic information about the business, such as the gross monthly sales, number of months or years in business, and the business' location. Once the application is approved, funds can be sent is as little as two business days.

While CAN Capital doesn't publish their APR during any part of quote or application process, there is a calculator that allows prospective borrowers to enter the amount of their monthly sales, the desired loan amount and term, and see the weekday payment, principal amount and the total repayment amount. Of course, this is just an estimate; the final loan offered would naturally depend on the business' history, creditworthiness, and actual loan terms. Customers should make sure to read the fine print: both when we ran our own theoretical scenarios and when we considered CAN Capital's reviews, we saw interest rates around 30%, all the way up to 85%! Given that CAN Capital focuses on small businesses, particularly those who haven't been able to qualify for a traditional loan, we wonder if such high interest rates will actually help a business to succeed instead of being overburdened with (additional) debt.

Another possible downside of having a business loan with CAN Capital is the effect on one's personal credit; one customer complained that CAN Capital pulled a hard inquiry on their personal credit every six months for the duration of their loan, even though the customer had no late payments or any other issues with the loan.

On the other hand, CAN Capital has been accredited with the Better Business Bureau since 1998 and carries an A+ rating. In our opinion, this carries a great deal of weight and would indicate that, overall, CAN Capital is doing a good job of providing loans to almost 140,000 small businesses in ways that are honest and trustworthy.

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Fortunately, business owners today can choose among many lenders to find the best terms and interest rates available. In addition to the old local options, small business borrowers now have much more and better choices through various lenders on the Internet that specialize in small business loans.

There are many factors that you should consider before selecting a lender for your business loan. Some of these include:

  • Loan size and rate. How much will you be allowed to borrow? What interest rates do they typically offer on loans of that size?
  • Loan application process. When applying for your business loan, can it be completed online? Is the lending process easy and straightforward?
  • Requirements for business history. Can a brand-new business take out a loan, or is there a minimum time that the business must have been in operation in order to qualify? What other verification and/or collateral is required to secure the loan?
  • BBB rating. Does the lender have an established history of good business practices?

TopConsumerReviews.com has reviewed and ranked the best Business Loan programs available today. We hope this information helps you find the best loan for your small business at an affordable rate!



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