Some Top Advantages of a Merchant Cash Advance Loan

Small businesses often find themselves in a cash crunch. There are very few options in such instances. One can try to borrow money from friends or relatives but there is always a question mark. There are loan sharks but it is risky. There are other options for the immediate supply of cash without any collateral.

Merchant cash advance is the best solution for small businesses like hotels, restaurants, professionals, retailers and even small manufacturers. It is a straightforward deal and one is never beholden to friends or relatives. It is cash on demand, no questions asked. The process is relatively simple and there are minimum eligibility criteria making is the best source of funding for small business owners. There are inherent advantages and the cons are only a few. Consider the advantages of a merchant cash advance loan.

Fast approval, fast disbursal

If cash is needed urgently there is no better source than this. One only need to apply online, submit a request and then the process is taken forward. Applicants usually receive cash in their bank account within 4 days of making the request provided every other requirement is met.

Minimum paperwork

Unlike banks and other lending institutions that ask for a lot of documentation, this method of funding is the easiest when it comes to paper work. One needs to submit only the bank statement for the past six months, proof of ownership of business and proof of identity and residence. That’s that.

Best for people with bad credit

People with bad credit can find themselves in a jam with no one willing to even consider their request for temporary funds to overcome their difficulties. If they go down this road, it is a reprieve and they can really get back on their feet. More to the point, their credit rating can improve with assistance from the right lenders.

Best for businesses that wish to expand or launch campaigns

Traditional lenders may insist on a solid project report to show why borrower needs funds, how they will use it and how it will help them generate revenues. Small business owners rarely have the resources or wish to pay a chartered financial specialist to prepare such papers. Going this way helps them get their hands on cash that will help them expand the business, buy equipment, modernize, give their retail store a makeover or launch periodic campaigns to rope in customers.

No collateral

One of the finest advantages that borrowers like is that there is no need to submit any collateral or guarantee. Just their personal word is sufficient to help them get their hands on sorely needed cash.

Easy repayments

MCA repayments are usually tied as a percentage of the daily credit card sales. One can just as well opt for a fixed monthly repayment. In the former case, the repayment amount is low if sales are slow and higher if the sales are high. In any case, repayment extends over one year and by that time the borrower may have used the money wisely to increase revenues.

Cons

The only cons are that the factor rate is high ranging from 1.2 to 1.5 that translates to the interest rate of 20% to 50%. But then, a non-secured loan is always expensive. Another factor is that the business should have been in existence for at least a year or so with a minimum turnover of $ 10000. These are minor niggles.

The MCA advantages far outweigh the minor cons.

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Commercial Loan Retainer Fees

Retainer fees are “standard business practice” for some (but not all) commercial loan situations. It is understandable that a commercial borrower would rather not pay such a fee, so it is important for a commercial borrower to understand when it is more likely to be necessary. In fact a business loan retainer will not be necessary in many business loan scenarios. This is especially true of commercial financing such as business cash advances that takes less time and produces funding within just a few days.

For more time-consuming commercial loan processes, it is increasingly common for a retainer fee to be paid during the preliminary stages. This is especially true when working with business loan consultants that specialize in commercial loans. Most advisors who work with residential mortgage loans (and perform commercial loans as a sideline to their main business activities) will not charge a retainer fee because in many/most instances they are legally prevented from doing so by certain state and federal regulations (in other words, it is likely that they too would charge a retainer fee if not legally prohibited from doing so because of prevailing residential loan compliance issues).

So why wouldn’t a commercial borrower who doesn’t want to pay a retainer fee simply work with someone who doesn’t charge a retainer fee? Many commercial loan situations are too difficult for the average residential loan advisor to handle successfully. Similar to a person seeking a more expensive medical or legal specialist to help them when confronted by a serious medical or legal problem, most commercial borrowers have come to realize that business loan problems are frequently just as serious and complex and deserving of a commercial loan specialist.

It is in these situations when a commercial borrower is working with a business loan specialist that a retainer fee should be viewed as “standard business practice” for more difficult and time-consuming commercial loans. I have stated elsewhere that one of the most important lessons to be learned from a thorough analysis of commercial financing “trade-offs” is that the lowest rate is almost never associated with the best deal for the commercial borrower. A similar observation based on over 25 years of business loan experience: the lowest fees are also rarely associated with the best deal for the commercial borrower.

The fees charged by commercial loan specialists (including retainer fees when appropriate) are almost always higher than loan advisors who do not specialize in business loans. In the end, most of these borrowers still choose to deal with a highly-qualified commercial loan specialist because they ultimately realize that perhaps it is better to use the “best” business loan advisor rather than the “cheapest” business loan advisor.

The most typical range for commercial loan retainer fees is $2500 to $10,000 (obviously a wide range). There are various reasons for a retainer fee and here are three of them: (1) to compensate the advisor for some of the initial loan processing; (2) to serve as a “good faith” deposit toward the overall commercial financing fees; and (3) to focus the borrower on working with one business loan advisor. The third reason might be the most important of all. With difficult commercial loans, it is extremely counterproductive for a commercial borrower to be working with multiple business loan advisors (regarding the same loan). Once a retainer fee has been paid, a commercial borrower is likely to be more comfortable in working solely with the business loan advisor who received the retainer fee, and with difficult commercial loans, this unified approach is likely to be more successful. It is this success that ultimately justifies the retainer fee.

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