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Perils and Pitfalls of getting a loan & growing your business

The perils and pitfalls of getting a loan…& growing your business

Being in business in today’s environment is difficult, especially the last few years. Money very tight, most businesses credit scores are at an all-time low.

Why?

High usage of credit cards because they can’t get a loan.

Business depending on what you do is way off thanks to a very weak market and demand as the consumer has limited funds themselves to purchase any extras over the last few years.

I have noticed a trend in lending the last year in particular where we see a small uptick to merchants looking for larger cash loans, the downside is what they have to pay for it…ouch

First problem is getting a loan. Banks only approve about 10% of loans, general industry with alternative is around 40-60% approvals and have limited industries they serve.

Second problem is most of the sub-prime (alternative market lenders) have run into trouble themselves. Can Capital, OnDeck, Bizfi and others went out of business, came back with investor cash injections, or someone buys the portfolio and services the debt. Problem is now they have all tightened up credit requirements, shortened the term cycle, and raised rates.

Third problem is the cash flow on paybacks to the loans. Almost all require daily or weekly ACH debits from your bank accounts, and terms are from 3 months to usually around 14 months tops and very high interest or factoring rates. Factoring rates range from 1.09 to as high as 1.49-you multiple the factor rate times your loan amount to get your payment.

This really disrupts the small merchant cash flow and they struggle to balance money to make sure they don’t miss a payment every day!

Fourth problem, most of the loans are brokered by another broker. So, you get many layers of fees, delays, lost paperwork, etc.

Fifth problem, when you apply to as an example an OnDeck, it is a single source supplier. If they turn you down then you have to start all over again. This really affects your credit score every time you apply.

Look for multiple loan offers from one source. You usually get the same group of short term, high rates, but at least it gives you an idea of what your options are without affecting your score each time.

NOW for my pitch (sorry you knew it was coming) but I think you will like it.

It really is time to re-evaluate the alternative lending market for small and mid-size businesses. I want to introduce you to two products that can change your business.

INTRODUCING: Next Generation Merchant Cash Loan:

    NO MORE: DAILY-WEEKJLY ACH-HIGH FACTORING RATES-SHORT TERM CASH ADVANCES

  • We do not have a restricted merchant list. From traditional retail stores to online and home-based businesses, Next-Financing can fund them all*. The business must be opened for 3+ months with an active business bank account and the owner must have a 500+ FICO.
  • We fund businesses up to 4x their gross monthly business income with loan sizes ranging from $3,500 to $75,000. We count all business income from credit card transactions, cash and check transactions.
  • Affordable Payments:Loan terms from 24 to 120 months make the monthly payment affordable. With fixed monthly ACH payments, borrowers no longer have to worry about daily re-payment schedules.  Annual Interest Rates from 14.9%.
  • No Pre-Payment Penalties:Businesses can pay off as soon as they’d like, allowing them to save on interest and renew faster.
  • Same Day Funding:Best of all, these loans can be funded same day.

CONSUMER Financing:

Why Financing?

It’s simple……More approvals, ease of use platform, low discount rates, one application, full reporting, analytics, etc.  we have multiple lending partners integrated into one platform, obtaining financing for customers with great credit to no credit has never been easier.

Seamless Technology Providing Seamless Approvals:

  • One fast, easy application for all borrowers
  • Instant approvals – 5 seconds or less
  • Approvals down to a 600-credit score
  • Funding within 24 hours
  • No monthly fees or minimums
  • No Set-up fees or application fees
  • No equipment to buy or lease
  • 100% paperless
  • Detailed reporting back office with analytics and customized to your business (User Access/Multi-location Management/logos/Colors/Customer Applications, etc.)
  • Works on any device
  • Customers can apply privately from their phone
  • Email our application for pre-approval before customer leaves their house
  • Extremely Competitive Discount Rates as low as 1%
  • We offer no interest (if paid in full) promotions for 6, 12, and 24 months.
  • Loan amounts currently range from $1,000 – $35,000. If you sell a product or service that costs under $1,000 or over $35,000 we’d encourage you to check back soon because we’re always adding new lenders to the platform
  • Businesses are funded directly via ACH within 48 hours
  • Business Owners have zero risk on customer defaults. If something happens and your customer can no longer pay their bill, it’s not your problem

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The Business of Budgeting your Business

The Business of Budgeting your Business

A budget? So, who needs a budget? You do-that’s who.

Unlike the government we actually need to balance our checkbooks. A budget allows you to identify spending habits, and allows your business (or personal) to make necessary adjustments and changes.

       Don’t just be in business to stay in business-be in business to grow your business

There are many areas to delve into for a complete business plan, for practical purposes we will stick to budgeting and a few essentials.

Check list: All of this and more inside my 16-award winning book:

“the sexy little book of finance III” 2 books in one-Personal & Business

  • Your budget should be on a spreadsheet in excel or another format so you can update.
  • Personal budget and Business information should be part of your routine.
  • Make copies of all serial numbers of vehicles, laptops, cell phones, or any other important information of equipment.
  • Copies of any operators or employees who have access to any equipment, vehicles, should have their drivers license and insurance so you have the information and can check any expiration dates.
  • Credit card numbers, expiration dates, and all employees who assigned a card
  • Record of all policies or contracts
  • Starting inventory and ending inventories (daily, weekly, monthly, and annually) or as deemed appropriate for your business model
  • Bank loans, all financial information stored & backed up daily on a private server or encrypted cloud program
  • ADD your own categories.

You should have a full marketing plan (in writing), websites with SEO search, game plan how are you going to market your product or services – internet-seminars-mailers-email campaigns-workshops-etc. If you are looking for money from a bank or lending institution all this will be necessary. Everybody thinks they can apply and get approved in 15 seconds with 3 little questions and nothing else to provide…SORRY, little things like bank statements, tax returns, personal financial statements (free on our website) just to mention a few things. You can see what else may be required on our website.

Now back to budgeting…

 

Month _________________                          Beginning Cash Balance $ ___________________________

Category                                 Estimated Budget                        Actual                       Difference

Revenue/1099                         _______________                  _______________      _______________

Accounts Receivable               _______________                  _______________      _______________

Investment Income                 _______________                  _______________      _______________

Interest Income                       _______________                  _______________      _______________

Other                                       _______________                  _______________      _______________

Total Actual Income:              _______________                                                      _______________

EXPENSES

Rent/Lease                              _______________                  _______________      _______________

Loans                                       _______________                  _______________      _______________

Accounts Payable                    _______________                  _______________      _______________

Inventory Purchase                 _______________                  _______________      _______________

Equipment Purchases             _______________                  _______________      _______________

Office Supplies                        _______________                  _______________      _______________

Cell Phones                              _______________                  _______________      _______________

Phone/Internet/Fax                 _______________                  _______________      _______________

Advertising                              _______________                  _______________      _______________

Printing                                   _______________                  _______________      _______________

Postage                                   _______________                  _______________      _______________

Payroll                                     _______________                  _______________      _______________

Payroll Taxes                           _______________                  _______________      _______________

Health Insurance                     _______________                  _______________      _______________

Repairs/Maintenance             _______________                  _______________      _______________

Automobile Expense               _______________                  _______________      _______________

Gas/maintenance                   _______________                  _______________      _______________

Auto Insurance                        _______________                  _______________      _______________

Business Insurance                 _______________                  _______________      _______________

Accounting fees                      _______________                  _______________      _______________

Retirement contributions        _______________                  _______________      _______________

Web hosting                            _______________                  _______________      _______________

Other                                       _______________                  _______________      _______________

Total Actual Expenses $ _________________________

Total Income________________ minus Total Expenses______________ = Ending Balance_______________

Be Prepared-Be Informed-Be Successful

The last time I got instant gratification – I got food poisoning

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Equifax update…Use Extreme Caution

 Equifax tweets sent victims to phishing site

Consumers were misdirected to a phishing website by Equifax itself (you can’t make this stuff up), according to various published reports.

Over the last couple of weeks, tweets from the official Equifax account and signed by “Tim” directed a handful of Twitter users to a fake site instead of to the official Equifax site set up specifically to help concerned consumers, Equifaxsecurity2017.com.

The fake site used an address similar to the valid Equifax site. Instead of offering help, the site mocks Equifax for “using a domain that’s so easily impersonated by phishing sites.”

Equifax has since deleted the tweets.

“All posts using the wrong link have been taken down,” a company spokesperson said. “We apologize for the confusion.”

Equifax has said that the personal information of 143 million consumers was potentially compromised in the cyberattack revealed by the company Sept. 7.

 

Equifax data breach and credit freeze: Beware these 3 scams

Consumers must be doubly vigilant following news of the massive mishap, experts warn. Even if you were wise enough to put an immediate fraud alert or credit freeze on your credit files, con artists are likely to go into hyperdrive finding new ways to take advantage of the hack and the publicity surrounding it.

“Don’t panic. But be vigilant,” said Susan Grant, director of consumer protection and privacy at the Consumer Federation of America. “With this breach, criminals have everything they need to victimize you.”

Here are three cons that experts believe will become prevalent in the aftermath of the Equifax (EFX) data breach.

Impostor scams (even after you’ve initiated a credit freeze)

The Federal Trade Commission warned Thursday that it expected a new wave of imposter scams, with con artists posing as representatives of Equifax “calling to verify your account information.” Given that Equifax is providing free credit monitoring and credit freezes in wake of its data breach, the call may sound legitimate, the agency warned. But don’t ever provide any privy information over the phone.

The purpose of this con is to get you to provide private information — including some of the information that was leaked in the breach — to a caller or via email. Even if your information was leaked, not all fraudsters are likely to have access to it.

Providing information to a new con artist over the phone simply increases the chance that you’ll be victimized. Of course, if your data wasn’t part of the Equifax attack, giving it out over the phone gives you a chance to join your friends and neighbors in having your data exposed on the dark web.

Information about the Equifax breach, including a simple tool to tell you whether the company believes your data was accessed in the breach, can be found on the company’s web site. Even if this tool indicates your data was spared, you can sign up for free credit monitoring for a year and Equifax will also waive any costs entailed in freezing your credit report, if you act within the next two months.

Tax identity theft that could rob you of your IRS refund

The Internal Revenue Service has been fighting tax identity theft for years. These scams involve criminals getting victims’ names, addresses and Social Security numbers to file fraudulent tax refund claims. The agency cites data breaches as one of the main ways that con artists get the relevant information to pull off tax identity theft.

Victims often get the first inkling of a problem when they file their annual tax returns and the IRS notifies them that another return has already been filed and their refund has been claimed. While the agency has a task force dedicated to these cons, they are complex and difficult to solve, often taking more than four months to investigate, according to the agency.

If your information was compromised in the data breach, make a point of filing your annual tax return promptly. And take immediate action if you are informed that more than one return was filed in your name; that you owe additional tax; or that IRS records indicate that you earned more than the amount of wage you reported.

What action should you take? File a police report and a fraud report with the FTC Identity Theft Hotline (877-438-4338). Also, complete IRS form 14039, the Identity Theft Affidavit. You may be forced to file your tax returns on paper in the meantime. If you do not get a prompt response from the IRS, call the Identity Protection Specialized Unit at 800-908-4490 for assistance.

Spear-phishing to crack your bank and brokerage accounts

The data made available through the Equifax breach is also likely to spur a wave of so-called “spear-phishing” scams that could put more than your credit at risk. Phishing scams are often unsophisticated email and phone cons aimed at getting you to reveal privy data, such as your Social Security number. Spear-phishing cons are far more sophisticated.

These use your real data — the type of data compromised in the Equifax breach — to mimic legitimate communication from your bank or broker. The email may urge you to click on a link or open a PDF file to check your account or verify a transaction. However, if you click on the link, you could be downloading malicious software on your computer that would allow the crook to hijack your system or record your keystrokes.

The best advice after the Equifax breach is to assume any such communication is suspect. If you get an email from your bank, broker or credit card issuer and believe it’s legitimate, visit the company’s website or call their toll-free number. Do not click on the link.

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