Understanding unsecured business loans

These loans don’t require security, which means you don’t need to use an asset to secure the funding.

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Key takeaways

  • Unsecured business loans don't require collateral, making them accessible for businesses lacking substantial assets.
  • These loans are aimed at UK businesses trading for 0 to 24 months, providing both financial support and 12 months of free mentoring.
  • They are designed to improve business cash flow and can be used for various business needs.

What is an unsecured business loan?

Unsecured business loans are a financial solution for businesses seeking capital without the need to secure the loan against assets such as property, vehicles, or equipment.

This type of financing is particularly appealing for small to medium enterprises (SMEs) that may not have substantial collateral but require funds to grow, manage cash flow, or invest in new opportunities.

How do unsecured business loans work?

Unsecured business loans operate on the principle of trust between the lender and the borrower. Unlike secured loans, where the loan is backed by collateral, unsecured loans are granted based on the borrower's creditworthiness and the strength of their business. Here's a step-by-step breakdown of the process:

  • Application: The business owner submits an application for an unsecured loan, providing detailed information about their business, including financial statements, proof of income, and business plans.

  • Credit Check: The lender conducts a credit check to assess the creditworthiness of the business and its owners. This involves evaluating the business's credit history, revenue, and repayment capacity.

  • Approval Process: If the business meets the lender's criteria, the loan is approved. The criteria might include minimum revenue thresholds, trading history, and a solid business plan.

  • Loan Offer: The lender presents a loan offer, which includes the loan amount, interest rate, repayment terms, and any other conditions.

  • Agreement: Once the terms are agreed upon, both parties sign a loan agreement. This document outlines all the terms and conditions of the loan.

  • Funding: The loan amount is disbursed to the business's bank account, providing the necessary capital to meet its needs.

  • Repayment: The business repays the loan in instalments over the agreed term, which typically includes interest and any applicable fees.

Unsecured business loans are a flexible financing option, offering several advantages, including quicker approval times and less paperwork compared to secured loans. However, because they pose a higher risk to lenders, unsecured loans might come with higher interest rates and more stringent eligibility requirements.

Is an unsecured business loan right for your business?

There are many benefits to this type of loan, and both new and established businesses utilise this option. With no assets required, it makes this type of funding very accessible to all businesses and the money is released a lot quicker than traditional bank loans.

They can be used to spend on anything from new equipment to training and many come with flexible repayment terms.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of unsecured business loans?

Advantages of unsecured business loans:

  • No assets required to secure the loan
  • Businesses can choose what they spend the money on
  • Flexible payment terms - they can be repaid over short and medium terms

Disadvantages of unsecured business loans:

  • Tend to be more expensive than traditional bank loans
  • They can create potential for significant debt​​
  • With no assets to secure the loan against, lenders take a detailed look at the full picture of your business including business plans and cash flow

Have you thought about invoice finance as a cash flow solution for your business?

Invoice finance allows you to release cash quickly from your unpaid invoices.

As your lender, we can release up to 90% of your invoices within 24 hours. On payment of the invoice from your customers, we will then release the final amount minus any fees and charges. There are different types of invoice financing options available such as factoring (mainly invoice factoring and debt factoring) and invoice discounting to businesses depending on the situation and the level of control they require in collecting unpaid invoices.

We are an invoice financing company who offer a solution whereby payments are collected on your behalf managed by our team of expert credit controllers so you can focus on running your business. Our confidential invoice discounting solution is offered to businesses who want to maintain their own credit control processes, therefore this remains strictly confidential so your customers are unaware of our involvement.

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The benefits of invoice finance companies such as Novuna Business Cash Flow

  • Boost your cash flow without having to wait up to 120 days for your customers to pay you

  • Release up to 90% of the invoice straight away, and the final 10% when the invoice is settled

  • Access funds within 24 hours from initial appointment with our revolutionary digital onboarding process

  • Benefit from our in-house credit control processes, allowing you to focus on running your business, instead of chasing clients for payment

  • Six month trial period followed by a rolling contract

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