Almost every company will need to borrow money at some point in its operation. Regardless of your company’s stage, external finance offers the liquidity you need to pay your bills, acquire new suppliers, and advertise your goods and services to new consumers. 

When looking for finance, whether from a bank or a non-bank (alternative) lender, you will come across two sorts of products: asset-based loans and cash flow loans.

Asset-based loans allow you to borrow money against the assets you currently have on your balance sheet. Cash flow loans provide money based on your projected future sales and income. 

Both have their pros and cons. You may profit more from one than the other, or you may opt to employ a combination of the two to support your firm. We will examine the distinctions and which form of loan is better suited for your needs. 

1. Collateral

Cash flow loans have no notion of collateral and rely entirely on the company’s capacity to produce future income. The borrower’s credit rating is an essential factor in determining whether or not to provide cash flow-based loans.

On the other hand, asset-based loans consider the company’s current assets and what may be used as collateral. In the case of a loan failure by the borrower, the lender can use such collateral assets in the future. If the borrower cannot satisfy the payment requirements, the lender has the right to hold a lien on the assets and utilize the revenues of their sale.

2. Compatibility

Asset-based loans are not appropriate for all businesses, just as cash-flow-based loans are not appropriate for others. The company’s credit rating is essential in deciding how much or if a firm may borrow in the first place in a cash-flow-based loan. 

Cash flow loans are best suited for companies with excellent