Lines of credit are one of the most common sources of funding for small business owners and entrepreneurs. But many people confuse lines of credit with business loans, assuming they are the same. While they share some similarities, they are two unique forms of funding. A line of credit is essentially a credit source given to a business owner, professional, or individual.
Types of Credit Lines:
- Business Line of Credit
- Personal Line of Credit
- Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC)
- Secured Lines of Credit
- Unsecured Lines of Credit
Lines of credit can be utilized for a variety of purposes, both for businesses as well as for individuals. If you are in need of private capital, a line of credit could be the perfect solution. We have access to a global network of motivated investors who are eager to evaluate your business or project, and they are lending. To get started, simply complete a quick funding application.
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What is a Line of Credit?
A line of credit
is a debt instrument that establishes a loan balance. Lines of Credit can be extended to companies, institutions, as well as to individuals, and can be drawn upon at any time and up to the established credit line limit. Borrowers can make use of the money for a variety of reasons such as, making business purchases, home improvements, major purchases, etc.
One characteristic difference between lines of credit and business loans is the repayment schedule. With a business loan, you typically have month-to-month payments, which begin as soon as you acquire the loan. However, with a line of credit, you only pay on the amount you've borrowed. Assuming you don't borrow any money with your line of credit, you won't have to make any payments.
What is the Interest Rate on a Line of Credit?
While rates can vary, you can expect a different interest rate between a line of credit and a more traditional business loan. Business loans typically have a fixed interest rate, meaning the rate never changes throughout the life of the loan. A line of credit
, on the other hand, is often variable and tied to a specific rate such as the Wall Street Journal prime rate.
How to Apply for a Line of Credit?
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Secured vs Unsecured Line of Credit: What's the Difference?
Lines of credit come in two types, secured or unsecured
. A secured line of credit requires the borrower to place an asset as collateral to "secure" the credit. In contrast, an unsecured line of credit does not require the borrower to place any assets as collateral. Because they are not backed by any collateral, unsecured lines of credit typically come with a higher interest rate when compared to secured lines of credit.
Line of Credit Benefits
Unlike business loans, lines of credit typically come with little-to-no closing costs. If you're looking for a traditional business loan, you can expect to pay anywhere from 2-7% in closing costs. Those added fees can quickly add up. Thankfully, closing costs are largely eliminated with lines of credit, granting small business owners easier access to funds.
Both lines of credit and business loans are excellent vessels for building your business's credit.
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