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Unsecured Business Loans
Looking to find an unsecured loan for your business?
At Chardon, we take a personal approach to helping you get your unsecured business loan approved from our range of specialist lenders.
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Getting an unsecured loan for a business can be time consuming. Let us help!
We are experts at finding lenders that will approve unsecured business loans.
We have a vast network of lenders that will offer
unsecured business loans.
What is an unsecured business loan?
Unsecured business loans allow you to borrow money for your business without the need for security or collateral such as a vehicle or property to secure it.
This means that to be approved for an unsecured business loan, the financial health of your business and your personal credit score will have a greater impact on whether you are approved or not.
The main advantages and disadvantages are:
No security or collateral required.
Personal credit score a minor factor.
Reduced paperwork and forms.
Great for cash flow and working capital.
High interest rates.
Requires a director's guarantee.
Early exit fees.
Are you eligible for an unsecured business loan?
Each lender has different eligibility criteria and the requirements will depend on the type of lender that best suits your financial situation.
Some of the requirements include:
Australian Business with an ABN/ACN
Trading For 3 Months+
Run a Profitable Business
Have good credit history
Potential reasons why you could be declined?
Because each lender has their own policy and must follow the financial regulation laws of Australia, there may be a range of reasons why you will not be approved for a business loan.
Some of those reasons include:
Poor credit score
How to apply for an unsecured business loan?
In order to provide approval for an unsecured business loan, lenders will need to be comfortable that your business will be able to support any required loan repayments.
In order for lenders to assess the stability and risk of your business, they will often require you to provide a combination the below as part of an application for an unsecured business loan:
Business financial statements
Business tax returns & statements
Business bank account statements
As a part of the application for an unsecured business loan, you may be asked to provide a ‘director’s guarantee’. This means that you - as a director - are ‘guaranteeing’ that the loan will be paid back and that if the loan can’t be paid back and goes into default, that you will be personally financially liable for the repayments. This could potentially involve the lender seizing personal assets to recover the value of the loan.
Need help with your business loan application?
The team at Chardon Commercial Lending can help you with the entire process and even negotiate and find the best deal from our network of lenders.
What can an unsecured business loan be used for?
An unsecured business loan can be used for a number of business expenses.
Whatever it is that you need for your business, an unsecured loan can help you finance it.
Due to the short time frame of an unsecured business loan, they are best suited to aiding short-term working capital needs rather than funding large, lengthy business projects. As an example, they are a fantastic way to give your business some temporary breathing room when paying wages or suppliers.
Unsecured business loans also provide a great quick cash-boost to allow you to take advantage of and kickstart potential growth opportunities for your business. A great example of this is if there is an opportunity where you know some additional marketing spend would result in an increase in sales but you don’t have the cash for it — an unsecured business loan would be a perfect way to raise the funds to undertake the marketing and grow your business.
Renovating your business
Hiring new and retaining employees
Increase working capital
For marketing services
How can we help?
With Chardon, we take a personalised approach to help you get your unsecured business loan approved from our network of specialist lenders.
Book a meeting with one of our brokers
Provide us with some information about your financial situation
We find lenders that offer a suitable loan solution
Submit your loan application
Eligibility and approval is subject to standard credit assessment criteria.
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How can I get a business loan?
This is a very broad question. The best way to begin is to look at your reasons for getting a business loan, the amount you need and if you can afford to repay it. The first questions a potential lender will ask are ‘What do you need the money for?’ and ‘How much money do you need?’ Once you have answered these questions, you can approach potential lenders.
A wide range of business loans is available and the right one for you will depend on your circumstances. For example, if you don’t have assets to pledge as collateral, you will need to get a business loan that is unsecured. If you have collateral (residential or commercial property or business assets), you will be able to get a business loan that is secured. The difference between the two types of loans is that you can borrow more for a lower interest rate when your loan is secured.
The type of loan can depend on what you plan to use the money for. Equipment finance and hire purchase, for example, are specialised types of business finance used to purchase equipment. If you are seeking short-term funding for cash flow, a business overdraft, line of credit or an unsecured business loan could be the right loan for your needs.
Which bank or lender is best to get a business loan from?
Many banks offer a range of business loans, so it’s impossible to say which bank is best for a business loan. For a traditional bank loan, the bank will require you to complete a large amount of paperwork. For a new business, the bank will also require a business plan, including profit and loss projections. Even though banks differ somewhat in their approaches, they tend to offer the same range of financial products. These include short-term and long-term loans, loans with fixed rates and variable rates, secured and unsecured business loans, business overdrafts, lines of credit, credit cards and equipment finance.
Besides the banks, there are many non-bank lenders that specialise in small business loans. They offer a wide range of finance options to meet the needs of businesses in various financial situations.
Fintech (financial technology) lenders are non-bank lenders that leverage technology to make it easier when applying for a business loan. Using leading-edge technology makes it possible for you to quickly and safely apply for a business loan online.
Is it difficult to get a business loan?
This will depend on your financial situation, how long you have been in business, whether you have collateral and the type of business finance you choose. For example, for a typical SME, it’s very hard to get a traditional bank loan. You have to submit a large amount of paperwork and often wait six to eight weeks for approval. In fact, a survey of small to medium enterprises showed that banks reject around 75% of their loan applications. This high rejection rate is the result of regulatory restrictions which limit the level of risk banks can take on.
Non-bank lenders, including fintech companies, are not constrained by banking regulations, so they are able to make more loans to small businesses. Since the loans they make are unsecured, the interest rates are higher than those of traditional bank loans. As noted, the innovative technology they use simplifies the lending process. Once it has been determined that you can repay the loan, and you are approved, the funds are transferred into your account. In this situation, it’s not hard to get business finance if you meet the criteria of the non-bank lender.
How can I get a business loan without security?
You can get a business loan without security. When you don’t use security it’s called an ‘unsecured’ loan. Even if you don’t have security, there are many loan options available. The main difference is that you usually won’t be able to borrow as much and you will pay a higher interest rate. For example, a typical rate for a secured business overdraft is around 8% per year, while the rate for an unsecured business overdraft is around 12%. That’s 50% more interest for the unsecured loan.
Certain types of loans don’t require existing collateral but use what you are purchasing as collateral. For example, with equipment finance, the item you are purchasing acts as the collateral while you are repaying the loan.
Non-bank lenders provide unsecured loans, so don’t require collateral. They safely and securely analyse your finances and credit information online to determine if you are approved for a loan and the loan amount.
Can I get a business loan if I am credit-impaired (bad credit)?
This depends on what you mean by ‘credit-impaired' or 'bad credit'. If you don’t have a credit record at all, it can be challenging to get a business loan. The same is true if you have a bad credit history which can be a result of late payments, defaults and/or bankruptcy.
If you have no credit record, it’s recommended you start somewhere. This could be getting a personal credit card with a low limit and making sure that you make all the payments on time. This way you will build a positive credit record for when you want to take out larger personal or business loans.
If you have bad credit, it can be challenging to get business finance. Some non-bank lenders specialise in providing business loans to people with bad credit but will charge a higher interest rate due to the higher risk.
To get a clear picture of where you stand, you can get a copy of your FREE credit report from:
How is your interest rate better than a bank?
If you walk into a bank, you might get a good product. But the selection is limited because they can only provide their own products.
With a business loan broker, we are talking to all the banks and lenders. In many cases we will have lenders on our panel that you may not have heard of that might be the lender that offers you the best deal.
Can I pay off my business loan early?
With most business loans, there is an option to pay off the loan early. With some lenders, you will pay the interest for the full term even if you pay the loan off early. Other lenders will charge full interest minus a small discount when the loan is paid off early.
Is my business eligible to get business finance?
This will depend on a number of factors including your financial position, credit history and ability to make repayments. Business lenders will typically look at your cash flow, profit and loss statement and balance sheet. In addition, they will check your credit history to see what other debts you have and how reliable you have been in making payments. Some lenders will require collateral to get a business loan, while others offer unsecured business loans that don’t require collateral. Some lenders have minimum eligibility criteria before they will consider lending.
What are early exit fees?
With most business loans you may need to pay a fee if you decide that you would like to repay the loan before the term ends. This rate can vary between different lenders.
What do I need to complete a business loan application?
Firstly, on your personal circumstances. Secondly, on the type of transaction. And finally, it can depend on which lender you are using.
As a rule of thumb, be prepared to hand over items such as:
ATO Notice of Assessment
The above list is not extensive, but depending on your circumstances, transaction type and bank, you may not need to supply all of these.
Further to this, your broker will need to capture all of your personal information such as your employment history, assets, liabilities, income and product needs and your business objectives.