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    How difficult is it to get a business loan?

    I'm starting a business and need some capital. I have a very high personal credit rating, and last that I checked, my bank can give me a personal loan up to $15,000 (plus I have a credit card with a $10,000 limit). I could take the personal loan from the bank, which would be enough to get me started, but I would rather start a business account for my company and get the loan via my business account. (Basically, I want everything to be separate from my personal account, for accounting and tax reasons.) So my question is, will I be able to use my personal credit rating to get a loan for my business? I'm hesitant to ask my bank directly, because I'm afraid if I tell them I need money for a business they will deny me for personal loans as well. Thanks in advance!
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    Please find a local adviser who can help you. If you go to the bank to get a $50k loan to rent a store for a year for $10k and buy $40k worth of ovens, the bank will be thinking, "If this doesn't work, he can sell the ovens for $20k, and we don't lose all our money". It's just like with a car loan. The thing you buy is collateral for the loan. Will the bank give you a $50k loan without any security (collateral)? Maybe, but it is less likely. There are two ways to do this: sole proprietorship or corporation. (There is also an LLC, but for this answer, it can be lumped in with a corporation.) With a sole proprietorship, you are Mr. Smith doing business as (DBA) Smith's Bakery. Legally (including for the IRS), you and the bakery are the same entity. You can keep a business checking account for Smith's Bakery, and at the end of the year, your accountant will file a schedule C to report the income and expenses of Smith's Bakery to calculate the business profit or loss. The business profit (or loss) will be added (or subtracted) to your personal income. If someone sues Smith's Bakery because of an unpaid loan or because you make people sick with your defective baked goods, then they are suing you. You can pay the judgement from whatever account you want, but you are personally on the hook. If you become a corporation (or LLC), the corporation is a separate entity that you happen to own. There are extra forms that need to be filed with the state, and you have to pay filing fees when you file them. It costs a lot of money. If the bank gives a loan to the corporation and the business goes bankrupt, you are not personally responsible for the balance remaining after the ovens have been sold. That's why the bank won't give your corporation a loan unless you personally sign the note, making you personally responsible for the debt. If you bake some toxic scones and people sue the corporation, they will sue you personally anyways,and they will also do what is called "piercing the veil", making you as the owner personally responsible for the judgement against the corporation. Don't waste your money incorporating. Buy errors and omissions insurance if there is any chance of being sued.
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    • Yes you can do that, however any limited liability protections that you were hoping for in your business is obviously thrown out the window.

      by Ryan M - 13 hours ago

    • It's very difficult to finance a start up without using your personal credit at the beginning. Basically, your business doesn't have any credit to base it off of. Either you need an investor or to piggy back off of your personal credit. I'd suggest looking into crowdfunding as a different approach to keep your personal credit out of it. Crowdfunding is the latest trend in the entrepreneurial world. It is one of the only no-cost and low-risk financing option available. In its simplest form, crowdfunding is gathering a group of followers via social media and other online marketing tools who will contribute funds to breathe life into your ideas and company.

      by Misty - 13 hours ago

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