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A high-risk small business loan is a loan extended to a business with little or poor credit. If your business has a bad credit history, or even no credit history, it’s not impossible for you to get a loan or a line of credit for your business. However, if your business does have challenged credit and is considered “high risk,” chances are good that your best lines of credit won’t necessarily come from a traditional bank loan.
When seeking a high-risk small business loan, expect to pay a very high interest rate. A lender will want to minimize their risks by charging greater interest, or perhaps ensuring a short-term agreement. Another place to look for a high-risk small business loan with bad credit is a web-based lender, which is often a microlender. You can borrow a relatively small amount of money with bad credit from one of these lenders ($5,000-$25,000) and start to improve your credit score by paying the microloan back on time. “Non-bank” providers are the ones most willing to lend to businesses with low credit scores, an arrangement sometimes called a poor credit business loan, and some will report your payments to credit bureaus.
Perhaps you need a high-risk small business loan because you have an unusual business idea or you’re looking to get into an industry that’s considered “high risk, high return.” For these types of businesses, you might want to look at alternative or non-traditional funding, as conventional lenders tend to shy away from anything risky.
The most important thing to remember is that rebuilding your credit score is the best way to avoid having to arrange a high-risk small business loan, and you can start building better credit anytime.