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Small business loans in South Africa

By Shephard Dube

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December 19, 2018

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Small business loans can be critical to your success to a small business, whether you’re stocking your shelves, paying salaries or expanding your footprint. South Africa has over a million registered companies, with the majority classified as small to medium size businesses. However, the biggest threat to these companies is the availability of small business loans and other types of business funding.

Without access to small business loans or working capital in general, most businesses struggle to manage cash flow and sometimes, to even survive. In today’s economy in South Africa, it has become commonplace to see a small business forced to close its doors. Traditional banks tend to overlook small businesses in favor of more profitable larger businesses. To add to the problem, large corporations and governments are slow to pay their SME suppliers, putting more pressure on their cash flow.

Here are different types of loans for businesses in South Africa

A traditional business loan from a bank

South Africa’s biggest banks all offer a range of financing options for businesses. Banks offer a range of different loan options, including but not limited to overdrafts, specialized asset finance,  and commercial property finance. These loans can be useful if your business needs funding for a specific vehicle, expensive equipment/machinery or property.

Banks also offer several repayment periods, which can extend up to 5 years or more. Banks offer a range of interest rates depending on your credit history and the length of the loan term.

One of the disadvantages of applying for a loan through a bank is the time it takes to get approved.

How to get a loan for your business from a bank?

Banks generally have a very lengthy application process with stringent business loan requirements. Firstly, you need to submit a business loan application with reams of information to the bank. Along with lengthy forms that need to be filled, you’ll also often need a business plan and financial statements.

If your application is successful, it can take a month or two to actually receive your funding.

Another major challenge with a business loan from the bank is the collateral requirement. Some banks may accept both business and personal assets as collateral to secure a business loan. You might even have to sign personal surety. Meaning you will be personally responsible for repaying the loan if your business is unable to.

Essentially, if an entrepreneur needs cash immediately, a traditional business loan from a bank will often take too long and will require too much collateral. 

An alternative ways

Bridgement introduces a cutting edge solution for company owners looking for a business loan. This innovative and disruptive solution offers time-strapped business owners a refreshing way to get the working capital they need within a few hours after application.

With Bridgement you can apply for a revolving credit facility. The application takes a couple of minutes and you’ll receive a response within a few hours.

You skip the usual complexities in getting business financing by simply connecting your bank account or accounting software on the Bridgement website. Bridgement’s artificial intelligence-powered system will then automatically vet your businesses, without making you fill in endless forms and paperwork. The stress-free application process is over and done within 2 minutes.

Approval Within Hours

Once you’ve applied, you’ll receive an answer within hours. Bridgement’s smart technology and algorithms quickly assess your business situation and financial health.

Bridgement offers business loans of up to 5 million Rand. But smaller businesses can also obtain facilities as low as R10,000.

Bridgement offers a much quicker way to get business financing – but it’s also cost-effective. Banks charge an interest rate based on a number of factors. The rules include your creditworthiness and the amount of collateral you have. Bridgement business loan interest rates are based on the financial health of your company, as well as your trade history. The monthly flat fees start from as low as 1.7% of the loan amount.

You know exactly how much you will be paying upfront. No hidden costs. In fact, you can even choose to settle early and be rewarded a discount on the outstanding fees owed.

Try our 2-minute application process

Why not give our 2-minute application process a try? There’s no fee to apply.  Once you’ve been approved, you are under no obligation to use your facility and withdraw funds. So, it’s worth trying out the process, just to see how it works and how much you could qualify for. Apply now.

Find out how our business loans work and ensure you never run out of the working capital you need to grow your business.

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