5 Best Ways to Make Your Business Loan Work for You

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You are excited to hear that you finally got approved for your business loan that you desired. Your mind races with all of the possibilities of what you can do with the money. Before you even take possession of the money, though, you should have a plan in place so that you can make the most of your new business loan. Here are five ways to make sure your loan benefits you the way you always envisioned rather than getting wasted.

 

1.  Forget the Money is There

Many business owners make the mistake of overspending because they know they have the money in their account to back them up. If you have a plan for the money, which you should, put it in a separate account so that you do not have the ability to use it. If you throw it in your business checking account where you normally pay bills and cover operational expenses, you are going to use it without even realizing it.

 

2.  Continue to Budget

It might seem like you just came into a windfall when you have money from your business loan, but you should not treat it that way. Instead, continue to budget and figure out where you can cut corners. This will help you stretch your business loan money even further. If you make the mistake of thinking you can afford the higher expenses, you are going to eat through your money faster than you realized and your end goals will not be reached.

 

3.  Purchase New Equipment

Think of the goals behind the reason you took out the business loan. Are you trying to expand or boost your business? If so, one of the most expensive ways, yet often the most successful is to update your equipment. With more efficient equipment you can cut labor costs and increase production, both of which have a positive impact on your bottom line.

 

4.  Consolidate Debt

If your business pays many different loans every month, you could be wasting money on interest. Refinancing the debt with a new business loan can help you get a better grasp on your monthly finances. In the end, you will have one loan payment and will be more focused on where your money goes, helping you to dig yourself out of debt and eventually have a profitable business.

 

5.  Have a Plan

The simplest way to avoid wasting your business loan money is to have a plan. Before you apply for the loan, sit down and think of your future plans. Do not focus strictly on this year, but on years ahead. You can use your original business plan if not much has changed, but you should be proactive in considering everything else so that you can predict what you might want to do in the future. This way you can put the money to good use rather than wishing you had more in the years ahead.

 

Planning is key when it comes to dealing with business loan money. Whether you have been in business for a few months or a few years, you have to treat the money as if it is not there. You took out the loan for a specific reason and you need to stay loyal to that reason. Even if things come up, and they usually do in the business world, you should have an emergency fund or another way of handling the emergency without digging into the newfound business loan funds, otherwise, your initial plans will be destroyed and you will find yourself back at square one once again.

William Mahnic
William Mahnic is a Finance Professor at Case Western University and has spent more than 20 years in the finance industry before becoming a professor. Mahnic has appeared as a commentator on both TV and radio talk shows including NPR, Crain's Cleveland Business, WKYC 3 and The Washington Post. He has been interviewed in BusinessWeek, Wall Street Journal and The Los Angeles Times.

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