by Stephaney Bolden

small business loanIf you are a small business owner, getting a loan can be a challenge. To help, here are some tips for securing a small business loan.

  1. Count the cost.

What this means is that you have to do some research. Research all cost associated in getting your business licensed, insured, housed, stocked, staffed, and any other cost necessary for your industry. Consider how you will generate the money to take care of these costs?

Remember no one will invest in your business unless you have already invested in it.

  1. Create a business plan.

It is true if you fail to plan you have planned to fail.

Your business plan will help you to grow your business. This is where you will compile the research you have done for your business. It will include factors such as your relevant experience in this industry, expenses associated with this venture, location, target base, and how you will market the business. This will be a guide to tell you if you are going in the right direction. Sometimes just seeing it on paper may cause the business owner to change direction.

  1. Know what is in your business plan.

For you to benefit from a business plan, you need to know what is inside of it. Often individuals pay someone to develop an elaborate business plan but they have no idea what is inside. This will not be of much benefit to a business owner because how can you follow a plan that you do not know. If you do not have the time to prepare a business plan, this may not be the best time to start a business.

For more tips and financing, contact Stephaney Bolden with Liftfund Inc. at 470-344-8396 or visit They are a non-profit providing a better option for small business financing.