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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:
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 500 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.
Funding Circle is a great choice among peer-to-peer lending companies. Its cofounders created the company as small business owners themselves, who were frustrated with their attempts to access financial assistance to grow their business even when their company was thriving. Funding Circle was designed to be a better solution for American small business owners, although their customers come from not just the US but also the UK, Germany, Spain, and the Netherlands. More than 15,000 loans have been funded through Funding Circle since 2010, with a total of more than $2 billion loaned.
One thing that makes Funding Circle stand out among providers of business loans is their transparency throughout the entire loan process. While some companies make it difficult to determine interest rates and fees without reading the fine print, Funding Circle clearly lists every possible cost on their Rates and Fees page:
Not only are Funding Circle's costs and fees readily available, they are extremely competitive within the business loans market. Funding Circle loans range from $25,000 to $500,000, considerably more than many of the lenders in our review.
We were also impressed by Funding Circle's A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, as an accredited business since 2013.
In order to qualify for a loan with Funding Circle, borrowers must meet several criteria. For loans under $300,000, applicants must provide documentation of the two most recent year's business tax returns, the most recent year of their personal tax return, and the six most recent months' business bank statements, For loans over $300,000, applicants must also submit a year-to-date income statement and balance sheet, and an Outstanding Business Loans & Credit Worksheet available from Funding Circle upon request.
Those documents will be requested after the borrower has completed the short online application form and received a phone call from one of Funding Circle's specialists. They will typically call within two hours of submitting the online application. Once the borrower's information is verified and the loan is approved, funds are available within 5-10 days.
We were also impressed by Funding Circle's Resource Center, full of blog posts, videos, and other sources of information to help small businesses with their efforts to grow and succeed. The entire site is clean and easy to navigate, inspiring confidence in Funding Circle's ability to genuinely provide borrowers with an all-around excellent experience.
Because of their transparency with respect to interest rates and fees, their excellent rating with the BBB, and their deep commitment to helping small business owners get the funding to grow their businesses, we give Funding Circle very high marks and consider them an excellent choice for business owners in need of some extra funding.
LendingClub is known as a peer-to-peer lending company. They match borrowers looking for loans between $5,000 to $300,000 with offers from several different lenders. LendingClub has one of the lowest rates available for business loans, starting at 6.16% and going up to 35.89%. LendingClub has an A rating with the Better Business Bureau and has helped facilitate more than $16 billion in loans.
LendingClub has several requirements for those wishing to take out a business loan:
As with most lenders, the best LendingClub business loan rates are available to those with excellent credit and an established business history.
Applying for a loan is simple:
The size of your loan and your business history can have an effect on the turnaround time of your loan, but many customers receive their loans within a week or less. LendingClub's Client Advisors are also available Monday through Friday from 6am-5pm Pacific Time, to answer any questions you may have about the lending process. Your loan request will be listed on the LendingClub website for up to two weeks, or until lenders are willing to fully fund your request.
Taking out a business loan typically comes with fees beyond the interest paid on the loan itself. At LendingClub you should expect to pay an origination fee from 1% to 6% of the loan amount, depending on your loan and loan terms. For example, if your business loan is $100,000, your origination fee would be somewhere between $990 and $6,990.
If you need a business loan to grow your company, LendingClub offers highly competitive rates and an uncomplicated application process, backed by years of successful lending to numerous businesses around the country.
If you'd like to get a feel for the different types of business loans available and some possible partners that would fund the loan you choose, LendingTree can help. Unlike most of the other business loan sources in our review, LendingTree does not fund loans directly but instead serves as a connection between borrowers and lending partners.
LendingTree is very helpful when it comes to understanding different types of business loans. Do you know the difference between a Small Business Loan and an SBA Loan? How about between a Working Capital Loan and a Business Line of Credit? If not, don't worry - you'll find a wealth of information on the main business loan page. Just click on the various types of loans listed and you'll find detailed explanations, along with helpful Pros/Cons summaries to help you understand at a glance.
To get an idea of what LendingTree has to offer for your business, the main landing page (as well as the link for Business Loans on the primary site) will ask you first to choose what kind of business you have:
From there, you'll choose the range of loan you're looking for, from less than $15,000 to more than $300,000. Enter the month and year that you started your business (or the acquisition date), your monthly revenue, and whether or not you've filed for bankruptcy in the last 7 years. You'll then need to provide your business' name, phone number, and email address in order to see your funding options. Just be aware that if you put it "dummy" information just to see your possible loan details, you'll get an error message saying that your data doesn't match.
The number of lenders a business is matched up with can vary significantly. Factors such as income, years in business, location and more will help determine how many companies are potentially interested in lending you money.
Of course, in order to get your loan funded, each lending partner will have their own specific requirements. LendingTree does a decent job of communicating that to prospective borrowers, giving a list of steps and documents, you should expect throughout the process, such as putting together a cash flow projection and gathering papers like your business license and your personal/business tax returns.
LendingTree reduces the headache many of us face attempting to borrow money. No need to complete multiple applications from local lenders when LendingTree serves as the liaison between business owners and banks. LendingTree provides a fast and efficient process of identifying potential lenders as well as a wealth of information for those looking to borrow for business purposes.
If you're looking for a modern way to get a business line of credit, Kabbage offers lines from $2,000 to $100,000. An accredited business with the Better Business Bureau since 2014, Kabbage's A+ rating demonstrates that they are a contender in the business loan market.
One unique feature of Kabbage is their use of other online services to verify the creditworthiness of your business: if you sell products on Etsy or receive regular payments from customers via PayPal, for example, you can link to those services to show Kabbage a real-time snapshot of your business data. This is an impressive way to save time often required by other lenders' paperwork processes, such as obtaining and documenting your credit score or sending in bank statements. The signup and application process, including this linked verification, takes only a few minutes; once qualified, you receive instant access to your approved amount.
In order to get a business loan from Kabbage, you will need to meet their minimum requirements:
Those requirements do mean that Kabbage would not be suitable for startups or companies within their first year of doing business.
We were impressed by Kabbage's low fees for their business lines of credit: 1.5% to 12%. Loans are paid back either in six months or twelve, and there are no early payment fees. There are no application fees either, making Kabbage one of the most straightforward lending platforms in our review.
We also like Kabbage's dedication to helping small businesses succeed. Their website has a Resources section that includes an up-to-date blog, complimentary Small Business Guides on a variety of topics, and even access to webinars on topics from bookkeeping to hiring.
While Kabbage won't be able to help you if you're looking for funds for your startup, or if you need a loan in excess of $100,000, they are a fantastic, low-fee resource if you have an established business that is doing well overall. Kabbage easily earns a four-star rating.
Based in Utah, Fundia Credit & Capital focuses on small business lending and is one of the few companies in our review who include startups in their group of potential borrowers. Focused entirely on small businesses, including entrepreneurs, their desire to help their borrowers succeed is evidenced by the 12 months of free counseling they provide in order to help their customers effectively manage their credit lines.
Borrowers can receive a loan of up to $200,000 with same-day approval. Unfortunately, there is nothing on Fundia's site that allows prospective borrowers to get even an estimated loan amount or an interest rate, so it is difficult to compare Fundia with other lenders in our review, with respect to affordability.
One significant difference in the Fundia process is the requirement to sign up for a credit score report through Credit Check Total (which costs $1). Applicants can either provide their Credit Check Total login information or upload a PDF of the score report. Once the applicant has entered their basic business information and total desired loan amount, along with the credit score report, he or she can be pre-approved for the Fundia process. Because Fundia doesn't require security in the form of collateral, such as real estate or equipment, they do expect at least one of the business partners (either the borrower or another partner in the business) to have a credit score of 680 or higher.
Despite a relatively short history - having been established in 2015 - Fundia is an accredited business with the Better Business Bureau, with not only an A rating but also eight positive customer reviews and no negative ones. While the lack of any detailed information regarding interest rates or fees makes it hard to determine Fundia's ranking on an apples-to-apples basis with other lenders, we're very impressed with their positive reviews with the BBB and their willingness to not only lend to startups but to partner with them to help them succeed. We give Fundia four stars, and would easily raise that score if more detailed information regarding rates and fees proved to be competitive with other lenders in the business loans market.
Balboa Capital is a well-known company in the business loan market. Located in Irvine, CA, Balboa has been helping borrowers get the funds they need to start or grow their businesses anywhere in the US for nearly two decades.
Business owners looking to get a loan have two primary choices: small business loans or equipment leases. For either option, the process is simple:
Once those two steps have been completed, an account manager from Balboa Capital will contact the prospective borrower - often within a matter of minutes, and almost always the same day - with a decision on the loan. If approved, equipment financing is typically funded on the same day, and business loans are funded within a few days.
While Balboa Capital's site doesn't make their interest rates obvious or easy to find, we calculated on our sample loan described above that the interest rate would be somewhere around 60%! We highly recommend that prospective borrowers make sure to be very exact with their businesses' details (for example, years in business, total revenue, credit history) and to read the fine print, to make sure that any loan terms offered by Balboa Capital are reasonable, given the difficulty in determining outright what interest rates and fees might be expected.
We're encouraged to see that Balboa Capital maintains a perfect A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau, and an excellent rating across 72 reviews gathered by Trustpilot. Based on information offered by Balboa Capital's customers, we suggest that borrowers make sure to understand any origination fees, termination fees, and other costs, as some reviews express frustrations with unexpected costs in the fine print, especially for customers using Balboa's equipment lease program.
While we would have liked to see more transparency with Balboa Capital's interest rates and fees, their well-established history and excellent rating with the BBB make them a contender within the business loans market. As with any borrowing situation, customers should make sure to have a clear understanding of any possible fees and other costs before signing on the dotted line.
National Business Capital is a well-known source for business financing, both in terms of small business loans and other products, such as equipment financing, business lines of credit, and more. Since their start in 2012, their clients have come from nearly every industry, including Transportation, IT companies, Hospitality Services, and Construction/Contracting, regardless of their credit background. Nearly 70% of their clients were first turned down by traditional banks prior to their approval by National Business Capital, which is evidence of their strong commitment to helping businesses get the financing they need, even during times of economic instability in the nation.
One terrific feature of National Business Capital's process is that approval takes less than 24 hours. After completing a brief application that includes the business' name, approximate monthly sales, and purpose of the loan, applicants can expect contact from one of National Business Capital's Business Consultants within a day.
Unfortunately, this lender does not make it easy to determine more specific information about their lending programs, such as minimum or maximum loan amounts, loan terms, or interest rates. Using their Loan Calculator on the Small Business Loans page, we could assume that loans range from $10,000 to $3,000,000, that business need to have been in operation for at least a year, and monthly gross sales must equal at least $10,000 (because the sliders don't go below those amounts), but it appears that individuals seeking funding will need to speak with a representative to get more detailed information. We had to turn to a newspaper article to determine that interest rates begin around 9%, as reported by president Joseph Camberato. We would have liked to see more transparency with their programs' details, especially for those who may be hoping to create a new business and are often turned down by other lenders.
We do appreciate the fact that National Business Capital is an accredited business with the Better Business Bureau and carried an A+ rating at the time of our review with only two registered customer complaints in the last 12 months. There are also a number of compelling testimonials on the site that show great attention to customer service, success in securing funding even for struggling businesses, and repeat customers who have been thrilled with the process of obtaining funding through this lender.
Ultimately, National Business Capital earns good marks: they appear to be a reputable lender dedicated to helping business owners across the spectrum to get the funding they need, even during times of financial difficulty. We'd gladly improve this rating with more details regarding their loan terms, particularly interest rates and other fees.
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.
Based in southern Utah, Advanced Commercial Capital provides business loans through a system known as factoring: a business in need of quick cash essentially sells its outstanding accounts receivable to a financial institution (called a "factor"), and that institution buys those accounts at a discount as its fee for the service. Those fees, which would be somewhat comparable to an interest rate on a loan, typically range from 5.5% to 10%, depending on the credit risk of the invoices purchased by the factor. Those rates are significantly lower than most business loans provided by other services in our review.
When deciding to work with a client, ACC looks to see if the business is essentially successful but having issues with managing their cash flow as they provide goods and/or services to stable customers with good credit. The initial application form is somewhat lengthy; prospective customers must provide detailed information regarding their business, including the structure (for example, sole proprietorship, LLC, and so on), owner(s), primary industry, and at least two trade references. Once the application has been submitted, ACC typically renders a decision within 72 hours. After receiving an original invoice and supporting documentation, businesses can expect to have the funds within 24 hours.
When evaluating ACC's reputability as a business loan provider, we noticed several things that could be cause for concern. First, we were unable to find a Better Business Bureau rating for Advanced Commercial Capital; along with a LinkedIn profile showing that the company has 10 or fewer employees, ACC does not seem to be a key player in the business loan market. Also, both the blog and the Facebook page for Advanced Commercial Capital haven't been updated since 2014, again leaving us to wonder exactly how active ACC is within the lending market. On a positive note, a call to the toll-free number featured prominently at the top of ACC's website was answered quickly; the representative reassured us that they are still very active in the lending industry and that they are working on updating both the Facebook page and the blog in the near future.
In summary, ACC may be the perfect lender for established businesses that want an alternative to a traditional business loan and interest rates that are potentially much lower than what they could obtain elsewhere. However, because Advanced Commercial Capital focuses primarily on factoring-type lending, they may not be the best fit for a large number of potential customers, especially those who are looking for startup cash.
CapitalLoanHub claims to connect businesses with lenders for no-collateral business loans up to $500,000. While this may be accurate, we found too few details about CapitalLoanHub to know if they are a trustworthy partner for a process that involves such a large amount of money and personally identifiable information.
For example, most reputable lenders and referral services have multiple ways to communicate, whether that's via live online chat, a toll-free number, or all of the above. The only contact methods offered by CapitalLoanHub are an online contact form and an email address - despite being told in the FAQ that prospective customers can call or visit one of their storefronts with any questions. Given that they list their physical address as being on the island of Nevis in the Caribbean, we feel that most American-based businesses will be uncomfortable sharing their private information with CapitalLoanHub, even just to be connected with another (hopefully reputable) lender. There is no guarantee that their information will be kept secure during the process of matching them with possible sources for a business loan.
Even on CapitalLoanHub's "Do I Qualify?" page, there are no specifics as to their lenders' requirements. Do businesses have to be in operation for a certain length of time, have a minimum level of monthly income, or provide a Social Security Number for at least one of the applicants? There's no way to know without providing information; even the "Get Started Now" form has options ranging from "not yet in business" to "5 or more years" time in business, but many business loans are not offered to startups or newer companies.
With so little to prove that CapitalLoanHub is a reliable source for business loans, we can only give them a low rating at this time. We believe you'll have a much more secure and successful process in obtaining your next business loan with one of the higher-rated lenders in our review.
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.
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:
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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