If you are thinking of getting a small business loan with bad credit, think again. There is no bank that will loan you any money, no matter how small the amount. They are more lenient to personal loans but when it comes to small businesses, this is a high risk they are not willing to take. More than half of start up businesses fail within the first year. 50% of the remaining companies will be out of business within five years. Unless you have figured out a way to re-invent the wheel, no lender is going to look at you with a bad credit file.
There are other options besides going to a bank for your startup money. You can search for grants from the government, which do not need to be repaid. The grant process can take some time, so you will want to examine all your options before thinking you are going to start your business when you get your grant. You are also taking a chance that the grant will not be approved. Therefore, you will have to look for other ways to raise start up capital.
If you need the money for equipment, you may consider renting or leasing what you need. You are only paying for the use of the equipment when you need it. This can help for those times when it is not a piece of equipment you will be using often. Also this will save you from getting a loan until your business is more established. This will give you time to build up the credit history of the business.
You can also raise venture capital by selling stock, or a percentage of the business. This way you can have investors backing you instead of a lender. In many ways this is better. If you do go belly up, the only ones you have to answer to are the stockholders or investors. The bad thing is if these people are friends and family, you could cause some hard feelings. Choose wisely when accepting venture capital. It is advisable when raising venture capital to only take the money you need. This can save some embarrassment if your business does fail.
There are times when you may be able to find a business angel. These are people who are looking for companies in which to invest their money. They are usually retired business owners who want to stay abreast of what is happening in their industry. Health issues and other things may have forced them to retire before they wanted to. By being an angel, these people can still be a part of a business and do not have the headaches. The only problem with this is that some of the angels will want to have a voice in how you run your business. The benefit is you can learn from the experience these former business owners have.