Find out how much your loan will cost
Taking out a small business loan can help kick start or grow your business, but it is important to know what you're getting into before you borrow money.
Our small business loan calculator will give you an idea of how much it will cost to take out a loan. Adjust the term and add extra monthly payments to see how much of an impact you can have on repayment.
To borrow over a year term your monthly payment will be at an interest rate of .
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Business loan terms can range from as short as one month to years and even decades.
They are dependent on many factors including the loan amount and the lender. Ultimately, it boils down to your financing needs, which will determine the loan type.
Here are some typical business loan types and their terms sorted from the shortest to the longest.
- - Invoice financing: One to three months
- - Short-term loans: Three to 18 months
- - Business lines of credit: Six months to five years
- - Equipment loans: One to five years
- - Microloans: One to six years
- - Term loans: One to ten years
- - SBA loans: Five to 25 years
The business loan term, which is the length of time within which you’re contractually obliged to pay off your debt, depends on whether you’re taking out a short-term or long-term loan.
Short-term loans, which tend to deal with loans of smaller amounts, are usually repaid within 1.5 years. Medium-term loans last between one and five years, and long-term loans can last up to 25 years.
On average, small business loans are applied at an interest rate of between 4% and 6%. However, these rates vary from lender to lender.
- - National banks (large): Between 2.55% and 5.14%
- - National banks (small) and regional banks: Between 2.48% and 5.4%
- - Foreign banks: Between 1.45% and 5.66%
- - Online or alternative lenders: Between 13% and 71%
The standard rates applied by banks lie around 2% to 6%. That said, anything toward the lower end of this range can be considered a good interest rate.
However, applying to a bank that offers low interest rates for business loans does not necessarily guarantee you a low rate. These rates are also determined by factors such as the loan term, the loan amount, and your credit history.
The success rate for a small business loan application varies from case to case and is also dependent on the lender.
Larger banks have lower approval rates of around 20% to 25%. In comparison, smaller banks approve around 50% of small business loan applications.
Your chances of securing a business loan are also influenced by other factors – principally, your credit report. Any records of late or non-debt payments will lower the likelihood of obtaining a bank loan for your small business.
There are many different money sources you can turn to to get your business up and running. These include:
- - Using your personal savings
- - Asking friends and family for personal loans
- - Getting a business loan from a bank
- - Applying for grants and programs
- - Pitching to venture capital and angel investors
- - Raising money through crowdfunding
If you’re looking to apply for small business loans that offer relatively shorter application times and higher approval rates, your best options are:
- - Invoice financing
- - Short-term loans
- - Business lines of credit
- - Microloans
However, keep in mind that there may be strings attached to receiving the loan quickly, which can include high rates and fees and less financial flexibility.