The average cross-section of American small business does not come in a one-size-fits-all model. Since local businesses aren’t generally produced from cookie-cutter molds; they’re financing shouldn’t be either. The funding should be tailored to fit the needs of the business. Luckily, there are lending options that do just that. They’re called unsecured lines of credit.
But it’s not enough just knowing that customizable resources exist. You have to figure out how to use them to strategically build and grow your business. That’s where this article comes in. It will cover the basics of how to strategize so you implement your unsecured loan in the best possible way.
The Invaluable Blueprint
Unsecured lines of credit offer businesses in need a golden opportunity to establish or redefine their piece of the professional landscape. The problem is, due to the unrestricted nature of the funds, many companies don’t know how to put them to their best use. The solution may be easier than you think. It all comes down to brainstorming.
That’s right, this rather elementary strategy holds the key to the first step toward considering an unsecured loan; organization. Too often we forget to turn off our internal critic and just list what’s on our minds. Believe it or not, the exercise is beneficial in business too. Start by listing immediate needs like revenue or payroll and build it out from there. Maybe move onto marketing than expand into long-term goals like a remodel or multi-location plan.
The important thing is not to censor yourself. Once everything has been written down, start categorizing the list; either by type of goal or degree of importance. Now, you’re ready for phase two.
It is time to make that blueprint a reality by structuring a definitive plan for your unsecured lines of credit.
Take your organized ideas and par them down to the essentials. You might be left with a short-term cash flow problem, debt reduction outlines, a need for sustainable recovery, or a large-scale project. Whatever the results, target a goal or focus and decide how you would disseminate the money.
With your plan set there is one more thing to ponder; covering the check.
Because unsecured lines of credit are collateral-free, often have lower interest rates, and the option of long-term payments; some businesses make the mistake of living on borrowed cash. This is risky because the more you borrow, the greater your chances of defaulting. If you default, the penalties and legal repercussions are steep. Educate yourself; especially if your credit is already poor.
To avoid falling into a cycle of debt you need to make a deliberate plan before you apply for or implement the funding. There are plenty of repayment structures to use, from debt stacking to the cutter method; choose one you’ll stick to and hold yourself accountable until the debt is paid.
Unsecured lines of credit have a lot to offer if they’re implemented correctly. This strategy will help you build a successful professional future.