If you have a business idea in mind and require funds to transform the idea into a reality, there are plenty of options available in the market. Careful study of the options is however, essential, as any hasty decision could land you into a financial mess. Therefore, gaze your requirement well and compare the available options to check which one would best suit your necessity. Given below are some popular credit options and various pros and cons related to them.
Credit Cards: Credit cards are the most popular credit option available in the market. You can use them for almost all the purposes from paying your grocer’s bill to booking tickets in an airline. When a credit card company issues you a credit card, it sets a specific credit limit for you after verifying your income details and various other factors. You can go on borrowing until your limit extinguishes.
You must however shop for a card that has low interest rates and additional features such as reward points or cash back facilities.
Home Equity Loans: These loans are among the favorites of the tax payees, as they are cheap, easily available, and offer tax deductions on the interest component.
In such an option, you can avail of a loan against your house (on ownership). It is a very good option because of the prevailing low interest rates. People, however, take such loans for granted and repay them leisurely, which offset the advantages that you would reap if you repaid fast.
Retirement Funds: You should use these loans only when all other options are closed. Interest on such loans is not tax-deductible. If you fail to repay such a loan within the stipulated time (mostly five years), you are charged with heavy penalties and taxes. Moreover, if your resign from your duties at office, the employer holds the right to call such a loan full, this can cause financial distress.
Life Insurance: You can borrow against your life insurance, if you have a whole policy. Here, you have the option of not repaying. However, it is wise to repay, otherwise, the loan amount is deducted from the benefits payable by the insurer to your beneficiaries.
Credit Unions: It is wise to borrow from credit unions, as they offer very low interest rates and fees. If do not belong to such a union, check with your employer, if you can join one.
Whichever option you choose, make sure that you negotiate with your lender well to get the best deal. In case, you are considering borrowing from friends or relatives, obtain all the terms and conditions in writing to avoid hiccups later on.
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