Top 5 Ways to Reduce Small Business Debt
Dealing with debt can put a serious strain on your small business budget. Before compounding financial woes start to threaten the future of your company, try these methods for getting debt under control.
1. Renegotiate Loan Terms
If you can’t seem to keep up with payments on long-term loans from month to month, get in touch with the lender and see what they can do to help you. Most will be agreeable to discussing lower interest rates, a longer payback period or a change in minimum payments.
Find out if there are any incentives available if you’re able to pay off more than the minimum for one or two months. Anything you can do to simplify payback will help get you out of debt faster.
2. Pay Off Cash Advances
Merchant cash advances give you a quick source of funds, but you wind up effectively forfeiting a large percentage of future sales in order to pay them off.
Predatory interest rates can eat away at revenue and slow business growth. Obtaining a short-term working capital loan can give you the money you need to cover this burdensome expense without losing critical income.
When you obtain a working capital loan through ARF Financial you receive a bank loan brokered through our network of FDIC-insured community banks. Because you’re receiving a real bank loan your interest is tax deductible and payments are fixed!
3. Consolidate Debt
Debt consolidation takes all of the monthly payments you’re trying to juggle and condenses them into one single payment, often with a much lower interest rate. This is done by taking out one loan and using it to pay off everything else.
Since lending institutions often require collateral before they’ll extend such a loan, it’s smart to work with a financial planner or debt consolidation agency to assess the risk involved.
4. Free Up Other Revenue
Take a look at your current expenses and identify areas where you might be able to cut back.
If you’re paying someone for services that you could handle yourself for less, bring those services in-house until your debt is under control. Unused equipment and excess inventory can be sold to other businesses for a quick cash boost.
Reducing staff size should be considered only as a last resort, but it may be necessary in some circumstances if the business can’t continue to operate and still afford to pay all current employees.
Before you lay off any employees consider reaching out to us about obtaining a working capital loan. We can have a small business loan of up to $725,000 approved and funded in 10 business days or less with no collateral required from you.
The working capital loan is brokered through one of our FDIC-insured community banks so interest is tax deductible and payments are fixed!
5. Focus on Sales
Investing more in advertising may seem counterintuitive when you’re already strapped for funds, but it may be just what you need to maximize sales and ensure a steady cash flow.
Take advantage of all available marketing tools, especially low-cost measures such as email advertising and social media. Run special deals for subscribers and loyal customers to encourage people to buy more during each transaction.
Consider reaching into other segments of the market with your advertising to find a fresh audience for your products and services.
Smart budgeting and planning can help you get out of debt and run your small business without the cloud of large monthly payments looming over your head. You’ll have more freedom to do what you want and grow the company according to your original vision.