Small Business Line of Credit

A business line of credit is one of the most popular forms of business loans. For the business owner or operator, particularly for small businesses, a business line of credit can be a lifeline of financing that can allow them to pay their bills, meet their payroll and continue to operate even when times are tough or business is slower than usual. For banks and lending institutions it allows them to hold the business on a short credit lease while they determine their viability in the marketplace.

The good news about a business line of credit is that it usually easy to get, even for businesses that have not been in business for a long time. The bad news is that financial institutions like a bank or credit union often will want personal guarantees or co-signing arrangements before they hand over access to a business line of credit.

A bank or other lending institution usually requires a business to have been in operation for a minimum of two years before granting a business line of credit. That is because the likelihood of a business failing within the first two years is far greater than at any period in its term of operation. Once a business passes this threshold a bank is much more likely to consider a business as a candidate for loans or lines of credit.

A business line of credit can be used for short term cash flow management, to make special or seasonal purchases, to re-stock inventory or supplies or for just about any other reason that can satisfy the banks demand for its usefulness to the business. A business line of credit is not normally made available to pay for salaries or bonuses to the employees of a business or to repay creditors from other banking arrangements.

These funds can be made available to the business in a number of manners under a business line of credit. They are sometimes available in a revolving cash account that can be borrowed against up to a certain amount or even in the form of a credit card that can be used by the company to make purchases for the business as required. Some business lines of credit require minimum payments plus interest every month and others have interest payment only options.

To see if you qualify for a business line of credit it is best to approach a bank or credit union where you already do your business banking. They know you, not just from seeing your face as you make deposits or withdrawals but they also know your personal credit history and this becomes an important factor in granting a business line of credit. Banks are most comfortable lending money to customers that they already know than the off the street business. This will help you not only get the business line of credit that your business may need but also help you get the best possible interest rate for your hard earned business dollar.

What an Energy Broker Does, and How They Can Save Your Business Dollars

So what does an energy broker do, and how can they potentially save you money in your business?

If your business is spending thousands, or tens of thousands of dollars a year on energy, whether it be gas or electricity, there is a great deal of money that you could be saving on your energy spend by simply allowing an expert to negotiate the terms of your energy purchasing.

How You Traditionally Buy Energy

Traditionally when you purchase energy, you do it through a retailer. That retailer has a markup in order to make a profit in their business, but there is room for negotiation if you have the right information and someone with the right skills and knowledge to deal on your behalf.

Energy markets are somewhat like the stock market, in that energy prices are prone to fluctuations, sometimes very large fluctuations, which means if you purchase your energy at the wrong time, and are locked into a contract, that it can have major cost implications for your business.

But what if you had a way purchase your electricity or gas, but have an energy broker watching the ‘market’ so that you can purchase at the best time? A broker can also building a profile of your energy usage to take to energy retailers in order to get you the best deal.

The Role of the Energy Broker

Different businesses have different energy requirements, so some businesses may prefer to lock in their energy price with a contract, while others prefer to have more flexibility in their approach. Either way, with an energy specialist working with you, your purchase options can be explored and the broker can garner significant savings in several key areas;

• Getting you a better deal with Australian energy retailers

• Negotiating on your behalf

• Preparing ‘critical load’ data for energy retailers

Energy markets are complicated, as a business owner or manager, you may not have the expertise or knowledge in the nuances of the market to be able to negotiate the best pricing and structure for your business energy needs.

A better result can be achieved by someone who is an energy management expert, without you having to feel like you need to understand the intricacies of the marketplace. Your broker can advise you on both how to best purchase energy for your specific needs, as well as finding the best timing within a given time frame, so that you are buying at the best price available.

Opening A Dollar Store – The Risks of Your own Business

Are you considering opening a dollar store? If so, have you examined all of the risks that you will face by starting a business of your own? Have you determined that those risks are simply outweighed by the rewards of business ownership? Most true entrepreneurs carefully analyze the situation. After that analysis they determine whether they will or will not be able to overcome the risks. Finally they assess whether the rewards outweigh the time, effort and money that is required to address the risks. They determine that they can and will be a success in their operation.

As with owning any business, dollar stores involve both risks and rewards. Just what are the risks associated with opening a dollar store? The personal risks can include personal sacrifice, cash investment, personal guarantees on financing, hours and hours of hard work and more. Business risks include those associated with competition, financing, and management of the business. Careful examination and analysis of the risks is required of the entrepreneur who is opening a dollar store.

All potential risks need to be identified and then strategies for minimizing those risks need to be developed. The question is really whether the risks can be minimized to the point that they will not be a risk to business success. Those risks must also be outweighed by the rewards. Only then should opening a dollar store be seriously pursued.

Are you considering opening a dollar store? If so, carefully identify the risks associated with moving forward. Develop strategies that will allow you to address, or at least minimize the risks. Then assess whether the risks are outweighed by the rewards.

To Your Dollar Store Success!