If you’re considering a secured business loan, it’s important to weigh the positives and negatives before you make a decision.
First, let’s get into the primary differences of a secured business loan versus an unsecured business loan.
What is a Secured Business Loan?
A secured business loan is business financing that’s “secured” by some type of collateral. This collateral becomes a secured debt owed to the creditor who gives the loan.
What is an Unsecured Business Loan?
An unsecured business loan is a funding solution that requires no collateral or personal business assets. If you default on the loan, the lender can’t automatically seize your property.
Possible Drawbacks to a Secured Business Loan
Many business owners opt for an unsecured business loan instead of a secured business loan – even though they could get either – because they don’t like the drawbacks of secured business loans. These drawbacks include:
1.There may be an extra fee for you to have your collateral evaluated with a secured business loan, which would drive up your total cost of borrowing.
2.Banks and credit unions often under-value your collateral, which means that you may have to pledge more assets than you would with an unsecured business loan.
3.The approval process for a secured bank loan could be lengthy, often taking months to be processed, and often without any guarantee of approval.
4.Along with taking longer, the amount of paperwork for a secured business loan is more significant than an unsecured loan. Many small and mid-sized business owners simply can’t afford the time needed to pull together the comprehensive paperwork needed to process a secured business loan.
5.If you don’t have enough business assets required for the secured business loan (or, more likely, if your assets are under-valued), you may be required to pledge personal assets such as your home and car, which can be scary for small business owners.
We’re not saying that secured business loans are dangerous and should be avoided – often times, the terms for a secured loan could be far better than an unsecured. However, if you feel that there’s a chance you may not be approved for a secured loan from a bank or credit unit, and therefore are hesitant to invest the time, an unsecured business loan could be a great alternative option for you.
If you are one of those businesses unsure of whether you would be able to get approval from a bank or credit union, Mulligan Funding would love to speak with you. We work with you to review your situation and offer a long-term lending plan to help set you and your business up for success. Call Mulligan Funding at 855-326-3564 to discuss your financing options today!