Preparing a Loan Package
Knowing the process of preparing a loan package can be one of the most resourceful tools for business owners. Many feel loan package preparation is overwhelming and even frustrating if you are unsure of what to include in the loan package. Knowing the right time to apply for a loan to help grow or sustain your business is very important when planning your financial future; however it is only a part of the whole. The other piece of this puzzle is familiarizing oneself with the loan package requirements in order to secure the loan.
In the Lender’s Shoes
Before we consider the details of organizing a loan package, let’s put ourselves in the lender’s shoes. What would be some of the risk factors needing to be addressed before lending money to this particular borrower? This person will ultimately have to sell you on the idea that their business is worth investing in and the return on their investment is worth those risks.
After they have sold you on this idea, now it’s time to discuss the terms and conditions of the loan they are requesting. This is where the question of “how much” is answered and the repayment plan is offered.
Lastly, being that we are all so busy, time would probably be of the essence. Therefore, it would be very important for them to cut to the chase when convincing you that this investment you are making into their business is a win-win relationship for both parties. In short, in order to prepare a loan request, it is important to have a thorough presentation, but in the same manner getting to the point of the matter is essential.
Thus far, we have covered a general overview of preparing for a business loan. Now let’s get into some of the details of the documentation contained in the loan package.
Loan Package Template
- Loan Request
- Description of Company
- Product and Services
- Marketing Plan
- Operational Plan
- Management and Organization
- Financial Plan
This template is the skeleton for the body of content needed when it comes to knowing how to organize a business loan package. It is an excellent guide regardless of the reason for the request. It does not matter where you are in the development of your company, be it start up, looking to expand, or wanting to improve on the sales and services. Seeking outside funding is a key part of that process. Answering the questions of “where do I go to get the money needed” or “when is the right time to apply for a loan” serves as a non-issue with most owners or CEO’s. However, the answer to the question of “how do I prepare a loan package” is not as obvious.
Loan Request Outline
The loan request outline included in this article will definitely get you started and moving forward on the right track. However, keep in mind the three main points:
- Sell your Company
- Discuss the Payback Plan
- Time is of the Essence