Why the bank declined my business loan: Tips on what to do about it

Are you asking yourself why the bank declined my business loan?

Where can you be approved?  Helpful tips to turn a decline into an approval and find other business loans.  Match your business to small business loans that you will get approved for !

What caused my business to be declined?
What are the most common decline reasons?
If you have been turned down for any decline reason, contact us.  We specialize in difficult to approve businesses and business loans and have programs that can approve your business for any decline reason.

If you think the bank declined my business loan for wrong reasons, then the first step is to call up the company that turned you down.   Determine if you are speaking with someone that has the knowledge and experience to provide you with useful information about the decline.  If you received a letter, call and confirm the decline reasons.    For more information on strategic reasons, read why banks don’t lend to small business.
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Reasons why your business loan was declined

FAQ Frequently asked questions on why the bank declined my business loan

Why don’t banks lend to small business?
Banks do not lend to small businesses much because small business is considered a higher risk than larger businesses. There are several reasons for this. A small business usually has to have excellent personal and business credit as well as strong collateral and financial statements. In most cases the collateral has to be a certain type that can be liquidated easily and quickly. The collateral may have to have a value between 200% and 1000% of the amount of the loan. Financial statements must show steady or increasing gross income and enough net income to service the new debt payments.
How can I get a successful business loan?
You can get a successful business loan by first understanding as many of the different types of business loans available in the marketplace as you can. Then have a good knowledge of what it takes to get approved for the various business loans and what are the most common reasons your business will be declined. Combine this with understanding the strengths and weaknesses of your business
Are sba loans easy to get?
SBA loans are not easy to get. They require a great deal of paperwork to be completed. The sba paperwork includes a lot of information you have to give to the sba and many questions you must answer. Having to provide vastly more information than other lenders require gives the sba more information that can end up being a decline reason. The sba loan process takes many weeks or months. You may spend many weeks working on an sba loan only to be turned down close to the end of the process. If you are considering an sba loan then it is suggested to spend more time upfront with an sba representative discussing the process and requirements in detail before applying.

Want more info on why the bank declined my business loan?

Missed daily payments

You have an existing daily or weekly Merchant Cash Advance and you have missed payments on the advance.   Missing daily payments is a major reason why a new loan request may be denied.   Missed daily loan payments may can a renewal request to be denied.

Average Daily Balances too low

This decline reason means that your daily ending balances were too low over the month.   Lenders have different balances that they want
and often will not tell you.    Many lenders often want at least $1,000 Average Daily Balance.

Inconsistent Cash Flow

Business cash flow has fluctuated too much from month to month. In some months the cash flow meets the minimum required by the program and in other months it does not.

Declining Cash Flow

Total monthly deposits into the account have been declining month to month from recent low sales.  Even if the average still meets criteria, the lender may still feel this is a reason for the turndown.

Does not meet criteria

This is a general decline reason.   the lender does not want to tell you what this means

Month to Date MTD

This a decline reason that often happens with Merchant Cash Advances.   The Month to Date activity is requested for the current month and the approval be declined or reduced when current months deposits are lower than the previous three months.

Ask if significantly lowering the amount of the request,  adding a strong co-signer, or adding more collateral would cause them to reconsider and possibly approve the application.  Speak directly with the credit department that makes the credit decision.

If any of the reasons you are declined for a business loan involve credit, you will want to contact at least one of the credit reporting agencies to determine what is on your credit file.   You may already know most of what is on your file, though you should get a copy of your file to confirm it.   If there are any inaccuracies, you should dispute them with the bureau.   This is easy to do and can improve your bureau without significant effort.  You will succeed in getting derogatory information removed when the bureaus cannot prove the derogatory reporting is accurate.

Once you accept what is on your credit report, begin looking for other alternative loan options.   First determine what are the strengths of your business and weaknesses of your business.   When you contact companies, find out as much as you can about what their alternative loan options are based on.   Instead of choosing the business loans you like best, organize the loan types in terms of what your business is most likely to qualify for.  Of those loan options,  then decide which ones you believe you should proceed on.

Other Loan Options

Discuss the loan options with the representative and speak with someone who is knowledgeable, rather than someone reading from a script.   If they don’t give you logical answers to your thoughts or concerns, try to speak with someone else.  Don’t feel that you must get all the funds you need through 1 type of loan, or all of it immediately at that time. There may be 2 loan types that you should proceed on.

If your business needs $100,000 in total,  and you only qualify for $50,000, this may still work by getting the funding in segments over time.   You can take the $50,000 you qualified for and also work on getting the rest of the funding required over the course of the next few weeks or months.  Chances are you did not need the entire $100,000 immediately.  Most businesses that receive $100,000 do not spend it all within the first 30 days.  These steps are important when your business has been declined.

For additional resources to help you prepare for future business loan requests, you can
also visit the SBA.    The SBA government site has numerous resources which can assist your business.

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