Five Challenges When Seeking a Business Loan

Justin M. Hays

Author: Justin M. Hays

POST DATE: 5.28.21
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Money borrowed from a financial institution by an entrepreneur to start, run, or expand a small business is known as a small business loan. While it may sound simple in theory, the process is a bit more complicated than just filling out some basic forms and hoping for a positive outcome. In fact, over four in five small business owners were denied financing from banks big and small by 2020 estimates.

When it comes to common challenges faced by small businesses, here are just five scenarios you may run into as a small business owner.

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Poor or insufficient credit

Entrepreneurs with limited business credit history face an even more challenging time when proving their creditworthiness and may have difficulty getting their loan approved.

When making lending decisions, lenders generally review and consider credit lines and past payment history in your personal and business credit reports. These help determine your creditworthiness and likelihood of repaying your loan on time. If you’re a new small business owner with little or no business credit history, you may need to rely on your personal credit report to obtain a small business loan. Therefore, if your personal credit report contains negative items, obtaining a small business loan may be difficult.

Lack of collateral

Collateral is real, personal, or business property, such as real estate, vehicles, or equipment, a borrower pledges to a lender to secure the payment obligations of the loan. Most business lenders, including the small business administration (SBA), will require collateral to secure the loan obligations in case the borrower defaults on its payment obligations. New business owners, especially those with a limited business credit history, may need to pledge personal collateral, such as their personal home or personal vehicle to secure the loan. This means that if the business owner defaults on the loan, the lender can seize the business owner’s personal vehicle to fulfill the obligations of the loan in whole or in part.

Low Approval Rate

According to Fundera, the approval rate for business loans at large banks, including the SBA, is only around 25%. At small banks, the approval rate is higher—around 49%—but more than half of borrowers still are denied a loan.


In addition to your personal or business credit history, a lender may examine your business’ revenue to determine your capacity to service the debt. As such, businesses overburdened by expenses that haven't generated steady revenue may have a harder time demonstrating an ability to repay the loan.

The amount of revenue that a lender requires to approve a business loan may vary from lender to lender, including traditional versus online lenders.

Insufficient capital investment

The amount of capital invested in a business by the owner or owners can also affect the approval of a business loan. A small business with limited capital investment may have a more difficult time obtaining a loan than a business with large reserves of capital.

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