Growing businesses needing additional financing is extremely common. Whether it is to stay on top of employee payroll, expand the business and renovate, increase marketing efforts, or cover other business expenses, businesses often need access to another working capital source. Some businesses, usually larger companies, benefit from traditional bank loans or lines of credit. On the other hand, small business owners benefit from invoice financing options to improve their cash flow.
What is the difference between invoice financing and a bank loan?
Invoice financing, also known as invoice factoring or accounts receivable financing, helps businesses improve cash flow from purchasing their outstanding invoices. The factor advances up to 95% of the invoice amount to its client, usually within 24 hours, and waits for the customer to pay at the end of the payment terms. The factor will then give the remaining balance of the invoice, minus the factoring fee, to its client. The approval process with factoring companies is a lot quicker than traditional financing options. Once a business is approved, typically in as little as one business day, they can start factoring their invoices immediately.
Bank loans, on the other hand, work slightly differently. Similarly, you are advanced cash to cover your operational expenses. However, it is not debt-free like invoice factoring, and it needs to be paid back with interest at the end of its term. Not all businesses qualify for traditional bank loans, either. If the business is financially secure enough and has good credit scores, there shouldn’t be a problem with getting a business loan. But, smaller companies sometimes won’t get approved for the amount they need or at all. Typically, there is a longer approval process with a traditional bank loan.
If your business needs access to cash immediately, only needs funding on an as-needed basis, or doesn’t want to add additional debt to your balance sheet, invoice financing is a great option. Without the fast financing that invoice factoring offers, daily business operations would have to be put on hold. If your business is in good financial standing and would prefer a loan to increase your credit, then a bank loan is a better option for your business.
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