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Published By Janet Gershen-Siegel at May 2nd, 2018
Today, Credit Suite reviews Fundera. Fundera is a marketplace connecting small business owners to financing for their business via traditional and alternative lenders. There are several financing options. We look at the specifics and drill down into the details of Fundera. Welcome to our Fundera review.
Fundera is located online here: www.fundera.com. Their physical address is:
123 William Street, 21st Floor
New York NY 10038.
You can call them here: (800) 386-3372. You can email them at: [email protected]. Fundera is financed by Khosla Ventures; SGE Susquehanna Growth Equity, LLC; Core Innovation Capital; First Round; and QED Investors.
Is Fundera an SBA lender? Why, yes.
Most companies approved had four or more years in business. Most business owners approved had 680 or better credit scores. And most companies approved had $180,000 in annual revenue. Loan amounts run from $5,000 – 5 million, with 5 – 25 year terms. You can get funding in as little as 2 weeks. However, they may require collateral.
Their interest rates start at 6%.
Most companies approved had three or more years’ time in business. Most business owners approved had a credit score of 680 or better. And most companies approved had $300,000 or more in annual revenue. $25,000 – 500,000 is available. Terms are 1 – 5 years. It is as little as 2 days to approval.
Note: when they were available, Fundera provided PPP loans. If Congress authorizes more money for the program, it may be possible to get a Fundera PPP loan.
Their interest rates range from 7 – 30%, and there are possible prepayment penalties.
Most companies approved had been in business for two or more years. Most business owners approved had a credit score of 630 or better. And most companies approved had $130,000 or more in annual revenue. Your loan amount up is to 100% of equipment value. The term is the expected life of the equipment, and the equipment serves as the collateral. You can get approval in as little as 2 days.
Interest rates range from 8 – 30%. Equipment depreciation may be required; this cuts into tax deductions.
Most companies approved had been in business for a year or more. Most business owners approved had a credit score of 630 or better. And most companies approved had $180,000 or more in annual revenue. $10,000 to over $1 million in funding is available, with 6 months to 5 years terms. Approval is in as little as one day.
Interest rates range from 7 – 25%. However, they may require collateral. There are higher rates for lower credit scores.
Most companies approved had been in business for one year or more. Most business owners approved had a credit score of 600 or better. And most companies approved had $130,000 or more in annual revenue. The maximum advance is equivalent to 100% of the total amount of invoice. Approval is in as little as one day.
Get a fast advance of about 85% of the value of invoices. Most of the other 15% is paid later. The factor fee is 3% + %/week outstanding. These fees are based on the time it takes for a customer to pay off the invoice.
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Advantages include several flexible options. And some of them can get an approval with rather low minimum FICO scores. This choice makes Fundera an option for entrepreneurs who do not have stellar credit. You can also get some forms of funding with fairly low annual revenues. Companies with comparably low annual revenue could get approvals for startup loans and personal loans for business.
Disadvantages include your fees for invoice financing are based on how fast your customer pays, so any deadbeat customers will cost you.
Small business credit is credit in a small business’s name. It doesn’t attach to an entrepreneur’s personal credit, not even if the owner is a sole proprietor and the only employee of the business.
As a result, an entrepreneur’s business and individual credit scores can be very different.
Since small business credit is separate from personal, it helps to secure an entrepreneur’s personal assets, in case of a lawsuit or business bankruptcy.
Also, with two distinct credit scores, a business owner can get two different cards from the same merchant. This effectively doubles buying power.
Another advantage is that even startup businesses can do this. Going to a bank for a business loan can be a recipe for frustration. But building business credit, when done right, is a plan for success.
Consumer credit scores are dependent on payments but also additional factors like credit utilization percentages.
But for company credit, the scores really just hinge on whether a small business pays its debts in a timely manner.
Growing small business credit is a process, and it does not occur without effort. A small business must proactively work to build business credit.
That being said, it can be done easily and quickly, and it is much quicker than establishing personal credit scores.
Vendors are a big aspect of this process.
Accomplishing the steps out of order will cause repetitive rejections. No one can start at the top with business credit. For instance, you can’t start with retail or cash credit from your bank. If you do, you’ll get a rejection 100% of the time.
A business must be fundable to lenders and vendors.
That’s why, a small business will need a professional-looking website and e-mail address. And it needs to have website hosting bought from a supplier like GoDaddy.
In addition, company telephone and fax numbers must have a listing on ListYourself.net.
Also, the business telephone number should be toll-free (800 exchange or the like).
A business will also need a bank account devoted strictly to it, and it has to have all of the licenses essential for operating.
These licenses all must be in the identical, correct name of the small business. And they need to have the same business address and telephone numbers.
So keep in mind, that this means not just state licenses, but possibly also city licenses.
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Visit the IRS web site and acquire an EIN for the business. They’re free. Choose a business entity like corporation, LLC, etc.
A small business can get started as a sole proprietor. But they will most likely want to change to a form of corporation or an LLC.
This is in order to decrease risk. And it will maximize tax benefits.
A business entity will matter when it pertains to tax obligations and liability in the event of a lawsuit. A sole proprietorship means the business owner is it when it comes to liability and taxes. Nobody else is responsible.
If you operate a company as a sole proprietor, then at the very least be sure to file for a DBA. This is ‘doing business as’ status.
If you do not, then your personal name is the same as the small business name. Consequently, you can end up being personally responsible for all business financial obligations.
And also, per the IRS, using this arrangement there is a 1 in 7 probability of an IRS audit. There is a 1 in 50 chance for corporations! Prevent confusion and drastically decrease the odds of an Internal Revenue Service audit at the same time.
Start at the D&B web site and get a totally free D-U-N-S number. A D-U-N-S number is how D&B gets a company in their system, to generate a PAYDEX score. If there is no D-U-N-S number, then there is no record and no PAYDEX score.
Once in D&B’s system, search Equifax and Experian’s websites for the business. You can do this at www.creditsuite.com/reports. If there is a record with them, check it for accuracy and completeness. If there are no records with them, go to the next step in the process.
By doing this, Experian and Equifax will have something to report on.
First you should establish trade lines that report. This is also known as vendor credit. Then you’ll have an established credit profile, and you’ll get a business credit score.
And with an established business credit profile and score you can begin to get retail and cash credit.
These kinds of accounts often tend to be for the things bought all the time, like marketing materials, shipping boxes, outdoor work wear, ink and toner, and office furniture.
But first of all, what is trade credit? These trade lines are credit issuers who will give you preliminary credit when you have none now. Terms are often Net 30, versus revolving.
Therefore, if you get approval for $1,000 in vendor credit and use all of it, you will need to pay that money back in a set term, such as within 30 days on a Net 30 account.
Net 30 accounts need to be paid in full within 30 days. 60 accounts have to be paid fully within 60 days. In contrast to with revolving accounts, you have a set time when you have to pay back what you borrowed or the credit you used.
To launch your business credit profile the proper way, you should get approval for vendor accounts that report to the business credit reporting agencies. When that’s done, you can then make use of the credit.
Then pay back what you used, and the account is on report to Dun & Bradstreet, Experian, or Equifax.
Not every vendor can help like true starter credit can. These are vendors that will grant an approval with negligible effort. You also need them to be reporting to one or more of the big three CRAs: Dun & Bradstreet, Equifax, and Experian.
You want 3 of these to move onto the next step, which is retail credit. But you may have to apply more than one time to these vendors. So, this is to demonstrate you are dependable and will pay in a timely manner.
Once there are 3 or more vendor trade accounts reporting to at least one of the CRAs, then move to retail credit. These are companies like Office Depot and Staples.
Only use your SSN and date of birth on these applications for verification purposes. For credit checks and guarantees, use the small business’s EIN on these credit applications.
Are there more accounts reporting? Then move onto fleet credit. These are companies such as BP and Conoco. Use this credit to purchase fuel, and to repair, and take care of vehicles. Just use your SSN and date of birth on these applications for verification purposes. For credit checks and guarantees, make sure to apply using the company’s EIN.
Have you been responsibly handling the credit you’ve up to this point? Then progress to more universal cash credit. These are businesses such as Visa and MasterCard. Only use your SSN and date of birth on these applications for verification purposes. For credit checks and guarantees, use your EIN instead.
If you have more trade accounts reporting, then these are in reach.
Know what is happening with your credit. Make certain it is being reported and deal with any inaccuracies as soon as possible. Get in the habit of taking a look at credit reports and digging into the particulars, and not just the scores.
Update the information if there are inaccuracies or the data is incomplete.
So, what’s all this monitoring for? It’s to dispute any mistakes in your records. Mistakes in your credit report(s) can be taken care of. But the CRAs normally want you to dispute in a particular way.
Disputing credit report mistakes typically means you mail a paper letter with copies of any proofs of payment with it. These are documents like receipts and cancelled checks. Never mail the original copies. Always mail copies and retain the original copies.
Fixing credit report errors also means you specifically itemize any charges you challenge. Make your dispute letter as understandable as possible. Be specific about the problems with your report. Use certified mail so that you will have proof that you sent in your dispute.
Always use credit responsibly! Don’t borrow more than what you can pay off. Monitor balances and deadlines for repayments. Paying punctually and in full will do more to increase business credit scores than just about anything else.
Building small business credit pays. Excellent business credit scores help a company get loans. Your lending institution knows the small business can pay its financial obligations. They know the company is bona fide.
The small business’s EIN attaches to high scores and credit issuers won’t feel the need to request a personal guarantee.
Business credit is an asset which can help your company for years to come.
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With fairly low annual revenue and minimum FICO scores still able to get funding, the Fundera program can be a good choice for newer businesses that haven’t quite gotten up to speed yet. However, because your company will be charged for deadbeat clients, even a startup will need to be certain their customers will pay on time if they are getting invoice financing.
And finally, as with every means of getting funding, whether online or offline, remember to read the fine print and do the math. Go over the details with a fine-toothed comb, and decide whether this option will be good for you and your company.
In addition, consider alternative financing options that go beyond lending. So these include building business credit. This way, you will be able to best decide how to get the money you need to help your business grow. Today, we want to hear from our audience! Share your voice with us about your experiences with online lenders.