Merchant Cash Advances Gaining In Popularity During Flat Economic Climate
In the last eight weeks both Reuters and the Wall Street Journal have printed stories predicting only a minimal level of economic growth during the 2012 fiscal year. The maximum expected improvement is a mere 4%, while a flatter 2% figure is considered more likely.
For business owners, especially small business owners, this economic stagnation, while better than an actual downturn, means that bank loans are still incredibly difficult to obtain. Credit requirements remain incredibly restrictive, while vendors are demanding faster payment terms. The result is that much-needed capital must be found via alternative sources.
It's only logical, then, that one of the most popular alternative sources of business capital is merchant cash advances. Rather than being conventional loans, these are funds advanced against the proven track record of a company's credit card sales, and paid back in small percentages taken off the top of future credit transactions.
Merchant cash advances are easier to obtain, because a strong credit profile is not required. They are easier to repay, because large fixed-amount payments are not necessary. If business is slow one month, that month's repayment is lower, but in a booming month, a greater amount is repaid. An added benefit is that, much like old-school revolving credit lines, once a merchant cash advance has been repaid in full, the business can usually take out a new advance.
In challenging economic times such as these, it's refreshing to know that merchant cash advances are available to keep small businesses viable, and help maintain their service to the communities in which they exist. It would not be at all surprising to find that merchant cash advances eventually surpass conventional small business loans as the standard source of commercial capital.
Posted on: February 08, 2012 02:45 PM