What to Do Before You Lease a Car

October 20, 2020 &• 6 min read by Gerri Detweiler Comments 18 Comments

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Getting a new car is a big decision, and you should choose your next vehicle carefully. But if you think finding the right car is difficult, deciding whether to lease or buy can be even more overwhelming. Start the process right by understanding the minimum credit score to lease a car and determining whether this is the best decision for you.

1. Check Your Credit

According to Experian, companies that lease automobiles typically like to see a credit score of 700 or higher, though you might be able to get approved for some leases with a score that falls below that. In some cases, it’s easier to qualify for a lease for certain vehicles, such as those that come with a lower price tag.

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Before you apply for a lease, you should check your credit report, giving yourself plenty of time to dispute and fix any negative mistakes to enhance your chance of getting approved for a lease. You can get a copy of your credit report from AnnualCreditReport.com. Usually you get one copy per year from each of the three major bureaus, but due to COVID-19, you can get one copy every week through April 2021.

You should also check your credit score to check if you have the right credit score to lease a car. This lets you know if you fall below the potential requirements for most lease companies. Sign up for ExtraCredit and get 28 of your FICO Scores plus your credit reports from all three credit bureaus so you’re armed with the right information.

2. Make Sure a Lease Is Right for You

Leases offer some advantages over buying. The down payment and fixed monthly payments for a lease are typically lower than the cost of financing. You get to drive a newer car, and many repair costs may be covered by the manufacturer’s warranty or the lease agreement.

However, leases also come with many limitations and the potential for additional costs. If you exceed a lease’s mileage limit, you’ll pay a fee for every additional mile. You’ll also be charged for extra wear and tear, and you aren’t allowed to modify the vehicle. If you decide the car isn’t right for you, you could pay a steep penalty for terminating your lease early.

Despite the lower monthly payment, the lifetime cost of leasing is generally much higher than buying, especially considering you don’t own your car at the end of the lease. Before you decide if a lease is right for you, make sure to understand the pros and cons of leasing.

3. Know What You Can Afford

One of the biggest advantages of leasing is that you might get a lower monthly payment compared to a car loan on the same vehicle. Leases are cheaper because you’re only paying for the depreciation of the car’s value plus interest, taxes, and fees. With a loan, you’re also paying off the entire purchase price of the vehicle.

However, these monthly costs don’t take down payments or trade-in values into account. While leases typically have lower down payments, you’ll have to turn in or buy your car when the lease is up. And you’ll have no ownership in the car to show for the few years of payments you already made. It’s important to consider whether you can afford the monthly payment now and the cost of buying or leasing a new vehicle in a few years.

4. Shop Around for a Car and a Lease

Auto loans can be found at banks, credit unions, car dealers, and online. Leases, on the other hand, are largely controlled by the manufacturer. You may be able to get a better deal if you consider vehicles from different manufacturers instead of sticking to one make and model.

The manufacturer will consider your credit score to lease a car, your debt-to-income ratio, and the “lease-to-value” ratio. That’s how much you are financing compared to the vehicle’s value. If you are having trouble qualifying, you may need to put down additional money or get a cosigner for your lease.

Just as with auto loans, you can negotiate the cost of a leased car. So if you aren’t getting the deal you want, make a counter-offer or keep looking.

Not Ready to Lease?

If you aren’t ready to commit to a lease term of two to three years, you can potentially take over the remaining term on someone else’s lease. As long as your credit is in the same tier or better than the person whose lease you are assuming, you’ll likely qualify to take over their lease. Sites like SwapALease.com and LeaseTrader.com help connect consumers who want to get out of leases and consumers who want to assume one.

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Fast Personal Loans: 6 Best Lenders for Quick Cash

Financial emergencies can happen at any time, and when they do, you need to respond quickly. But this can be challenging if you don’t have the funds available in savings. When this happens, taking out a personal loan can be a good way to cover the shortfall.

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You may think that the process of applying and getting approved for a personal loan would be tedious and time-consuming, but it’s not. Many online lenders will give you access to the funds within the same day or by the next business day.

6 Lenders That Provide Quick Cash Loans

Listed below are six online lenders that provide quick access to personal loans.

1. Upstart

Upstart helps borrowers that have strong financial futures but are still in the process of building their credit. The company will consider a variety of factors, including your degree and your job history. You do need to have a credit score of at least 620 to qualify.

The approval and funding process is quick with Upstart, and you could receive the money within one business day. Upstart does charge origination fees and late fees.

  • Loan amount: $1,000 to $50,000
  • APR range: 5.67% to 35.99%
  • Repayment terms: 3 to 5 years

2. Best Egg

Best Egg caters to creditworthy borrowers that are looking for ways to consolidate their debt. You’ll need to have good to excellent credit to qualify, and you can receive the funds as soon as the next business day.

However, Best Egg isn’t going to be the best option for borrowers with bad credit. And the company does charge origination and late fees.

  • Loan amount: $2,000 to $35,000
  • APR range: 5.99% to 29.99%
  • Repayment terms: 3 to 5 years

3. Avant

Avant is a great option for less creditworthy borrowers who are looking to take out a quick loan. The company offers same-day funding, flexible repayment terms, and refinancing options.

And the company is very transparent about its fees and gives borrowers the option to prequalify for a loan. However, you won’t have the option to apply with a co-signer.

  • Loan amount: $2,000 to $35,000
  • APR range: 9.95% to 35.99%
  • Repayment terms: 2 to 5 years

4. Discover Loans

Discover Loans are a great option for borrowers with stellar credit that are looking for a low interest rate and fast funding. You can receive the funds within the next business day, and the company doesn’t charge any origination fees.

However, Discover does put some limitations on what borrowers can do with a personal loan. You can take out a personal loan to consolidate debt or fund a large home improvement project. These cash loans are not designed to pay for college expenses or pay down the balance on a Discover credit card.

  • Loan amount: $2,500 to $35,000
  • APR range: 6.99% to 24.99%
  • Repayment terms: 3 to 7 years

5. Lending Club

Lending Club was one of the first peer-to-peer (P2P) lenders and is one of the best lenders for borrowers looking for fast, convenient online cash loans. You’ll apply on Lending Club’s website, and the company will match you with investors that are willing to fund the loan.

If you’re approved for a loan the funds will be deposited in your bank account within a week. You should expect to pay an origination fee between 1% and 6% of the total loan amount.

Lending Club is ideal for borrowers with good credit history and a low debt-to-income ratio.

  • Loan amount: $1,000 to $40,000
  • APR range: 6.95% to 35.89%
  • Repayment terms: 3 to 5 years

6. OneMain Financial

OneMain Financial is another lender that is willing to work with borrowers that have bad credit. The company doesn’t have any minimum credit score requirements, and it offers same-day funding on cash loans.

However, you will pay for this kind of convenience. The company charges higher interest rates than others, and you’ll have to pay an origination fee.

  • Loan amount: $1,500 to $20,000
  • APR range: 18.00% to 25.99%
  • Repayment terms: 2 to 5 years

Things to Keep in Mind

Keep in mind that when we say you can receive the funds within the same day or by the next business day, it’s not guaranteed. There are a variety of factors that will influence how quickly you receive the cash loan. These factors include things like the rules of your bank, the loan amount, and when you apply.

If you’re not sure if your credit scores are high enough to qualify with any of these lenders, then you might consider a lending marketplace. With a lending marketplace, you’ll apply, and the company will match you with multiple lenders that are willing to work with you. This lets you compare interest rates from multiple lenders without further damaging your credit.

And finally, when you’re feeling a financial pinch, it can be tempting to settle for the easiest option. But don’t make the mistake of turning to predatory payday lenders that charge insanely high interest rates.

Choosing the wrong lender will only hurt your financial situation over the long haul. If you’re this desperate for cash, consider asking friends or family to loan you the money. Or you can look for creative ways to earn some extra money.

Summary

If you’re looking for a fast cash advance loan, any of the lenders on this list will make an excellent choice. The application process is fast, and if you’re approved, you can receive the funds with the same day or by the next business day.

Make sure you understand the terms and conditions of that loan before agreeing to anything. And start taking steps to save an emergency fund so you won’t find yourself in this situation again.

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What is a Conventional Loan?

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If you’re on the hunt for a mortgage, you might want to consider a conventional loan. But there are a ton of different types of conventional loans, so which is the right one for you? We’re here to break down conventional loans so you can decide if it’s the right choice for you.

What Is a Conventional Loan?

A conventional loan—also called a conventional mortgage—is one that’s not guaranteed in part or fully by the government. Conventional loans are offered by private lenders and may be secured by Freddie Mac or Fannie Mac. And while those might sound like government entities, they’re actually government-sponsored entities. We know it’s confusing—but stick with us. We’ll break it down for you.

Conventional Loan vs. FHA Loan

Now that you know what a conventional loan is, you might be wondering about FHA loans. And what’s the differencebetween the two? An FHA loan is backed by the government. So if you don’t make your payments, the lender can recoup some of its losses. Because of that, FHA loans come with less rigorous credit requirements than most conventional loans do.

Types of Conventional Loans

Conventional loans come in a wide range of types. Here are the more common ones:

  • Conforming mortgage loans. These are loans that meet the standards of Freddie Mac or Fannie May. One of the major requirements is that the loan isn’t more than a certain amount. The agencies announce conforming loan limits annually. In most locations, it’s $510,400 for 2020, with allowances for up to $765,600 in high-cost areas.
  • Jumbo mortgage loans. These are mortgages that exceed conforming loan limits. Typically, you need higher credit scores and income to be approved for these bigger loans.
  • Subprime conventional loans. These mortgages may be available for those who don’t quite meet credit and financial requirements for a conforming mortgage loan. To make up for the greater risk, lenders may charge higher interest or fees.

Within every category of loan there are options, including fixed or variable interest and terms. You will need to decide, for example, if you want to pay your mortgage off over 15 years or 30 years. The former comes with cost savings related to interest while the latter offers a lower monthly payment.

Advantages of Conventional Loans

If you have good credit, conventional loans may offer you the best deal depending on what current interest rates are. This is especially true if you can afford to put 20% down—then you can avoid paying for private mortgage insurance in many cases.

Conventional loans can be more flexible than FHA or other government-backed loans. Lenders who offer these loans don’t have to follow specific government guidelines, which means they may be able to work with borrowers who don’t fit those requirements. They can also provide mortgages for properties that are more expensive.

Disadvantages of Conventional Loans

Conventional loans generally come with a higher bar for approval. That’s because they’re not guaranteed, and the lender is taking on all of the risk. You may need a higher credit score and stronger debt-to-income ratio to qualify for these loans.

While you can get a conventional loan with a relatively low down payment, you usually won’t get the best interest rate and will have to pay private mortgage insurance (PMI). Conventional loans typically work better for those who can put a decent amount down.

Conventional Loan Requirements

Requirements for conventional loans vary by lender, but you typically need to demonstrate credit-worthiness and the ability to make your payment every month. Here are some things that conventional mortgage loan lenders might look at:

  • Your credit score. In many cases, the bottom cut-off for conventional loan approvals is a credit score of 620. Though depending on other factors, such as the amount of the mortgage and your income, you may need a higher score to qualify.
  • Your credit history. Mortgage lenders may look more in-depth at your credit than other lenders, and you may be asked to clear up old accounts or negative items before final approval.
  • Your income and debt. The lender wants to ensure that you’re able to pay the required monthly amount. They’ll look at how much you make, as well as how much debt you already have—the ratio of your debt to your income. If your debt is already taking up a large chunk of your income every month, you’re less likely to be able to pay a mortgage and less likely to get approved.
  • The value of the home. Typically, banks won’t approve a loan that’s for more than the value of the home in question. You usually have to get a property appraised before a mortgage can be finalized for this reason.

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Start your mortgage journey by ensuring your credit is in order. You can get your credit report free at AnnualCreditReport.com. If you want to see some of the same credit scores mortgage companies are likely to check, consider signing up for ExtraCredit, which provides access to 28 of your FICO®Scores from different models.

Next, you may want to get pre-approved for a mortgage. This can help you understand what your buying power might be and what type of interest rate you might qualify for. It’ll also show sellers that you’re a serious buyer.

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Top 7 Emergency Loans for Bad Credit

No matter where you stand with your savings, sometimes, life gets the better of you. Even those of us lucky enough to build up substantial cushions have found ourselves in a crunch every once in a while.

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Couple an unexpected (and unfun) financial scenario with bad credit, and you’re looking at an even more stressful experience. After all, the creditworthiness you need to obtain those emergency loans is dependent on your ability to repay the debts you already owe. And if you’re having trouble making ends meet, it can quickly become a downward spiral.

Fortunately, though, there are emergency loans online for borrowers with poor credit. This is especially true if you’re in need of a relatively small emergency loan. The loan options below have much better interest rates than you will find with payday loans.

Best Emergency Loans for Bad Credit of 2021

Whether you need a quick $500 or a more substantial, five-figure sum, here are some of the best emergency loans for people with bad credit.

1. MoneyMutual

MoneyMutual is a contemporary lending firm that understands that your financial needs move “at the speed of life.” That’s why they connect their customers with online lenders offering emergency loans of up to $2,500. And the funds can hit your bank account in as little as one business day.

  • Loan Amount: Up to $2,500
  • APR: Variable
  • Loan Term: Variable

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2. CashUSA

No matter what you need an emergency loan for, CashUSA can supply it — and quickly. The service matches borrowers with multiple lenders offering up to $10,000, and you can see the money in your bank account as soon as the next business day.

  • Loan Amount: $500 to $10,000
  • APR: 5.99% to 35.99%
  • Loan Term: 3 to 72 months

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3. BadCreditLoans

If you’re worried about having your loan application approved, well, just look at the name of this lender: BadCreditLoans. It’s literally directed specifically towards borrowers with bad credit. The company understands that nobody plans to have a financial emergency (or poor credit scores) and does everything in its power to get you the money you need to rectify your situation.

  • Loan Amount: $500 to $10,000
  • APR: 5.99% to 35.99%
  • Loan Term: 3 to 60 months

Read our full review of BadCreditLoans

4. Cash Advance

Trusted by customers since 1997, Cash Advance is a great place to turn if you’re just in need of a small financial boost to get ahead in the short term.

They connect borrowers with lenders offering short-term loans up to $1,000. They work with institutions that can get you the emergency loan you need even if you have bad credit.

  • Loan Amount: $100 to $1,000
  • APR: Variable
  • Loan Term: Variable

Read our full review of Cash Advance

5. Upgrade

Yet another big-spender lender. With Upgrade, you can get an emergency loan with bad credit up to $50,000 with interest rates starting as low as 7.99%. You’ll have up to five years to pay off your debt in regular monthly payments — and checking to see your approval rate won’t impact your credit score.

  • Loan Amount: $1,000 to $50,000
  • APR: 7.99% to 35.89%
  • Loan Term: 36 to 60 months

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6. OneMain

OneMain offers personal loans from $1,500 to $30,000, making it a good choice if you’re in need of a more substantial windfall. In fact, taking out a sizable personal loan is a great way to consolidate your debt , which could put you in a more strategic position the next time you need an emergency loan.

Although OneMain’s easy application process starts online, you will have to meet with a loan specialist at a branch to verify your approval. That said, it’s well worth a short drive and a half-hour meeting if the emergency loan can help secure you your financial freedom in the long run!

  • Loan Amount: $1,500 to $30,000
  • APR: 16.05% to 35.99%
  • Loan Term: 24, 36, 48 or 60 months

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7. LendingClub

Another company offering substantial personal loans, Lending Club could cut you a check for up to $40,000 — and give you up to five full years to repay it. Depending on your credit score, you may even be able to get an interest rate of less than 10% APR!

  • Loan Amount: Up to $40,000
  • APR: 6.95% to 35.89%
  • Loan Term: 36 to 60 months

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Installment Loans for Bad Credit

Installment loans are a type of personal loan wherein you borrow money to be repaid at regular intervals, usually monthly, over a course of up to five years. Most installment loans offer fixed interest rates, but the actual APR will vary depending on your credit score.

However, today’s lenders understand that not everybody has a perfect credit history, which means you can find an emergency loan even if your credit leaves something to be desired. What’s more, repaying these loans on time and in full can boost your credit score, making for better repayment terms the next time you’re seeking a credit line.

Credit Cards Are Another Option

Using a credit card could be a good alternative, depending on the interest rate. If you have bad credit, credit cards aren’t easy to get and the interest rate will most certainly be higher.

However, if you can get a co-signer or find a good starter credit card online or from a credit union, it might be worth looking into. In fact, just like a personal loan, they can help you build your credit as long as you make your payments on time.

Why You Should Avoid Payday Loans

Payday loans can be found everywhere and they’re easy to get. Unfortunately, getting a payday loan is almost always a bad idea due to astronomical finance charges you will be charged.

Payday loans are typically small and must be paid back within a week or two. Most payday loans also don’t require a credit check. You can get them easily as long as you provide proof of income.

Avoid Auto Title Loans Also

Auto title loans require you to put your car up as collateral. The loan is usually for much less than your car is worth. They typically must be paid back within 2 to 4 weeks and you don’t need a credit check for this type of loan either.

So, what could go wrong?

Well, you could lose your car. These loans come with very high interest rates and are notorious for trapping borrowers who can’t afford to pay them back. In fact, they’re so bad that they’re now illegal in 23 states. Getting an unsecured loan, like the ones mentioned above, is always a better option.

Bottom Line

No matter what kind of emergency expenses have popped up in your life, we hope you find the help you need to get back on your feet and to build that credit history for tomorrow. Your future self will thank you!

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Guide to Bar Loans: Pros, Cons, and More

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It can take several months to prepare for the bar exam, and they are some of the most important months in an aspiring lawyer’s life. In that time, many students take preparation courses or devote all their time to studying and preparing, increasing their chances of passing the exam and taking that important step.

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Bar loans are a type of financial aid offered to students going through this difficult time. A bar loan can provide them with essential living costs, while covering the cost of academic materials and preparation fees. That way, they can focus on what’s important, and don’t have to worry about getting a part-time job and spending time away from their studies.

What is a Bar Loan?

Also known as a bar study loan, a bar loan is a type of private loan offered by private lenders. Unlike federal student loans, they are not backed by the Department of Education and, as a result, are subject to the same standards and criteria as personal loans.

You have two main options for taking out a bar loan. The first is to simply borrow more money than you need during your last year of school, covering you for all costs during that final year and running over into the bar loan afterward. 

Alternatively, you can submit a separate application and acquire your loan via one of the bar loan lenders we have listed below. To determine how much you need, simply calculate your living expenses and other costs and contact a lender.

Pros of a Bar Study Loan

  • Provide you with the freedom to study without worrying about how you’ll afford everything.
  • You can apply even after you have graduated.
  • You can borrow more money than you need, which isn’t always possible with student loans.
  • Move you one step closer to achieving your goal

Cons of a Bar Study Loan

  • Charge higher interest rates than most other student loans
  • You’re not covered or protected like you are with student loans
  • Need good credit to apply

The Best Bar Loans

You can get bar study loans from many major banks, credit unions, and lenders. We have shortlisted a few of our favorites below to help you:

Discover Student Loans

Discover is best known for its credit cards, including the Discover It, which we have highlighted many times on this website. But it also offers a host of additional banking services, including private loans and bar loans.

You can get a loan of between $1,000 and $16,000 for up to 20 years, with both fixed-rates and variable rates available, typically between 7% and 13%. There are no fees for applying, missing payments or pre-paying.

To apply, you must either be in your final year or have graduated within the last 6 months.

Sallie Mae

A trusted lender that has been in the student loan business for decades, Sallie Mae offers up to $15,000 for 15 years, with interest rates as low as 4.5% and as high as 11.56%. You can apply up to 12 months after graduation and there are no loan fees. What’s more, you won’t be asked to make any loan payments while you’re still in school.

Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo options are a little more restrictive, as you can only borrow a maximum of $12,000 over a maximum of 7 years. What’s more, you need to be enrolled in an eligible school or have graduated within 30 days, so if you graduated more than a month ago then you’ll need to look at one of the two listed above.

Do You Need A Bar Loan?

You need money to get through this period as you likely won’t have time to work and study, and if you try and force it your studies may suffer. If you’re still living at home, as many students are, your parents may cover most of your living costs. Assuming they can also cover your additional expenses, you won’t need a bar loan.

However, if they can’t afford to pay your fees or rent, you’ll need to consider one of the following options:

Side Hustle

While a traditional part-time job can be overly taxing during this busy period, you may have some time to freelance. It is easier than ever to earn a little extra cash by writing, designing, coding, and even doing some simple consulting work.

You’re a lawyer, not a writer, but if you’ve made it this far it means you’ve completed countless essays and assignments and have a good grasp of the English language. You likely can’t compete with professional writers getting the big bucks, but you can certainly compete with those at the bottom end of the scale and earn upwards of $20 an hour for your time.

If the idea of writing doesn’t appeal to you, think about consulting work. Many smaller companies and individuals can’t afford to spend hundreds of dollars an hour on legal fees, not when they just need a little legal advice concerning their property or business. Instead, they turn to students who have the knowledge but don’t demand the same high fee.

Ask Your Employer

If you have a job lined up after graduation, your employer may cover some or all of your fees. However, you will need to make a commitment, agreeing to work with them for at least a few years after you have graduated.

Personal Loan

A bar loan is a specialized personal loan and may charge higher fees then you can get with a traditional personal loan. If you have a good credit score, you should consider applying for a traditional loan, comparing this to the bar study loan to see which one offers the best fees.

Bottom Line: A Life-Changing Loan

A bar loan can hurt your credit score and give you even more debt to worry about, but at the same time, it means you won’t have to worry about money while you study and focus on your future.

Ultimately, that’s the main goal here, because as damaging as that extra debt could be in the short term, if you eventually get the job of your dreams then you’ll have more than enough money to clear the balance and focus on your future.

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Securing Credit Card Processing for Your Small Business

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Opening a business is a major undertaking regardless of industry. Whether it’s your first business or your one-hundred-and-first, it’s a big deal. That’s why it’s important you remember to dot your i’s and cross your t’s before launching your business to the public—especially when it comes to your credit card processing.

If you own a small business in this day and age, you will need a way to process payments in person and online. Depending on your business and industry, one payment option might be more beneficial for you. For example, if you’re looking to launch a completely online business, you won’t have any need for a physical payment terminal. However, there are some things every businessowner should know about securing credit card processing for your small business.

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Credit Card Processing for Your Business

To secure credit card processing for your small business, you will need to find the right payment merchant services provider who will sign you up for a merchant account. Once you have this vital payment tool, you will be connected to a processor and the agreements of your service can be written up according to your business needs.

One issue new businesses often run into when finding a processor is their perceived risk. Big banks are likely unwilling or unable to give merchant accounts to first-time businessowners because they are considered “high risk.” Beyond being a new businessowner, there are other reasons services are denied, including bad credit, high chargeback ratio, or business type.

Despite the fact that it may be difficult to find a payment processor who can accommodate your business needs, there are plenty of processors with high-risk merchant services available. In fact, these providers may be easier to work with since they see similar cases on a more regular basis.

Finding the Right Processor for You

You’ll want to find a payment processor who has a good relationship with banks that support your industry and are comfortable with your business model.

A payment processor that offers or specializes in high-risk merchant services will have different features than a tier-one bank. These features, like chargeback mitigation and fraud protection, can help protect your business and accommodate your customers’ unique needs.

Partnering with a payment processor you trust will be essential to maximize your business opportunities and find a solution that works for you. For example, the right processor can get you set up with a virtual terminal. A virtual terminal is an online tool that processes credit cards online. This will allow you to take payments in person, online, and over the phone. The flexibility of the different payment options will be invaluable to your business because you’ll be able to reach a larger customer base and expand your income streams.

Steps to Bolster Your Business After Securing Your Merchant Account

It might take some time to compare all of the available merchant services providers available to you, as each will have different rates and unique features. After you’ve found the right payment processor for you, here are some steps you can take to make sure your expanded capabilities will drive your business’s growth.

Step 1: Utilize features unique to your payment processor

Processing online payments opens your business up to a whole new side of fraud risk, so you’ll want to be prepared. Features like chargeback mitigation and fraud protection can help your business meet its individual needs.

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Step 2: Optimize your website to support a payment gateway and increased volume

Once you’re able to take payments online, you’ll be able to serve a much larger number of customers and can begin to expand your infrastructure to suit their needs. You’ll want to make sure your website can support this increase in traffic and capacity.

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Step 3: Keep abreast of state regulations

Depending on the industry your business belongs to, there may be specific qualifications you must aware of to conduct business. Each state has its own set of regulations businesses must comply with, so make sure you are up to date with the laws in your area. Utilize official resources to ensure your business is following protocol.

Step 4: Employ best practices for your industry

Each industry comes with its own best practices and specific measures to take. However, there are many general best practices you should be aware of before proceeding.

For example, record keeping is a highly overlooked practice for new business owners. However, it’s vital to keep all your records in order to minimize fraud, miscommunication, etc. This can be done by keeping your finances, workflow, and customer data organized and secure. The right financial services software can help you do this all in one place.

Final Thoughts

For small businesses, securing credit card processing is instrumental in maximizing your business opportunity. It’s also crucial to keeping you and your customers’ data secure. Without the right payment processor, your business could be at risk for fraud, data breaches, or interrupted service due to an unauthorized merchant account.

Whether you’re starting a retail business or turning to the internet, every business needs the ability to process credit cards and payments. Find the right merchant services provider for you and take the first step toward maximizing your business’s potential.


Allison Eilhardt is a writer based in Los Angeles, CA. She has been writing professionally for over five years, covering topics ranging from charities and social events to intricate finance spotlights. Allison is currently the Director of Content at PaymentCloud, a merchant services provider that offers hard-to-place solutions for business owners across the nation.


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5 Best Small Loans for Bad Credit of 2021

When you find yourself in a difficult financial situation, sometimes a small, short-term loan can be all you need to get back on track. But this can be more challenging if you have bad credit.

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Fortunately, some lenders are willing to work with borrowers that have bad credit. But you need to choose your options wisely because many of these loans can come with sky-high interest rates.

This article will review how you can apply for a small loan when you have bad credit, and five companies to start with.

3 Steps to Apply for a Small Loan With Bad Credit

Applying for a small loan when you have bad credit may feel daunting, but it’s actually a pretty straightforward process. Listed below are the three steps you will take.

Step 1: Check your credit report

Before you apply for a loan, you want to take a look at your credit history. Checking your credit report will give you a sense for where you’re at, and steps you can take to improve your score. If there are any inaccuracies on your report, you can contact your lender or the credit bureaus and ask them to remove the items.

Step 2: Get pre-qualified

If you have bad credit, it’s a good idea to get pre-qualified before applying for a small loan. Pre-qualification is not a guarantee that you’ll be approved when you do apply, but it can help you gauge the likelihood of approval.

And when you get pre-qualified, the lender will run a soft pull on your credit. A soft credit check ensures that your credit score won’t be lowered in the process.

Step 3: Choose a lender and apply

Once you’ve been pre-qualified by several different lenders, you’ll need to compare your offers. When you’re looking at your offers, consider the loan amount, the APR, and repayment terms.

Once you’ve decided on a lender, you can complete the loan application. You may need to provide additional information, like your Social Security number and proof of income. Now you are free to close on the loan and receive access to your funds.

5 Small Loans That Are Good for Bad Credit

If you’re looking for a small unsecured personal loan to hold you over until payday, lending marketplaces are an excellent place to start. The companies listed below won’t lend you the money themselves, but they’ll connect you with a variety of lenders who will.

A lending marketplace allows you to compare offers from multiple lenders and choose the one that offers you the best rates. Listed below are five lending marketplaces you can consider. For all of the options below, you must have an active checking account in your name.

1. MoneyMutual

MoneyMutual offers short-term loans up to $2,500, and the APR varies. The application takes less than five minutes to complete, and you can receive the funds as soon as the next business day. However, the lending marketplace is not available to borrowers in New York.

Here are the requirements you’ll need to meet to qualify:

  • You must be at least 18-years-old
  • You have a regular source of recurring income
  • You earn at least $800 per month

2. CashUSA

CashUSA offers loans between $500 and $10,000, with an APR range between 5.99% and 35.99%. The application process is quick, and once you’ve been approved, the funds will be deposited directly into your account.

Here are the requirements you’ll need to meet to qualify:

  • You must be at least 18-years-old
  • You’re a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Valid phone number and email address
  • Earn $1,000 per month after taxes

3. BadCreditLoans.com

BadCreditLoans.com provides unsecured personal loans between $500 and $10,000 that come with an interest rate between 5.99% and 35.99%. The application process is quick, and the funds can be used for any expense.

Here are the requirements you’ll need to meet to qualify:

  • You must be at least 18-years-old
  • Be a U.S. citizen or resident
  • Valid phone number and email

4. PersonalLoans.com

PersonalLoans.com provides loans between $500 and $35,000, with an APR range between 5.99% and 35.99%. If you’re approved, you can receive the funds as soon as the next business day.

Here are the requirements you’ll need to meet to qualify:

  • You must be at least 18-years-old
  • You’ll need to provide proof of income
  • No recent bankruptcies or charge-offs

5. CashAdvance.com

CashAdvance.com provides short-term loans between $100 and $1,000. Consumers with bad credit are welcome to apply, though you do need to have a monthly income of at least $1,000. The approval process is quick, and you can receive the funds by the next business day.

Here are the requirements you’ll need to meet to qualify:

  • You must be at least 18-years-old
  • You must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Valid phone number and email
  • Have proof of employment

Lenders to Avoid

If you find yourself in a difficult financial situation, it can be easy to turn to payday lenders. These lenders offer short-term loans for $500 or less, with the payment being due on your next payday.

However, they come with incredibly high interest rates and are not usually worth the financial repercussions. Borrowers that take out payday loans often find themselves trapped in a cycle of debt.

Research from the CFPB found that 80% of all payday loans will be followed up with another payday loan. The loan amount continues to increase over time, and monthly borrowers usually stay in debt for 11 months or longer.

If you’re tempted to try a payday loan, consider the following alternatives first:

  • Try cutting back on your monthly budget
  • Take out a low-cost cash advance on a credit card
  • Borrow money from friends or family
  • Take out a home equity line of credit
  • Look for ways to bring in extra income

Summary

If you’re stuck in a bad financial place and need a little money to get by, it is possible to take out a small loan. Just be sure to avoid predatory payday lenders, so you don’t worsen your financial situation.

Lending marketplaces are a good place for borrowers with a bad credit history to start because you can get pre-approved and receive offers from multiple lenders. That way you can compare your options without hurting your credit scores.

Once you’ve resolved the financial emergency, take a good look at your budget, and make a plan to start saving for an emergency fund. Having some extra savings is the best way to ensure that you don’t find yourself in this situation again.

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How to Get a Personal Loan (Application, Approval, Alternatives)

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Personal loans are typically unsecured loans offering up to $50,000 with a term of up to 5 years. They come in several shapes and sizes and interest rates, fees, and terms can differ greatly, but the average personal loan in the United States is between $7,000 and $8,000 and charged at a rate of 11% and 12%.

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Steps to Getting a Personal Loan

  1. Check Your Credit Report
  2. Compare Rates and Terms
  3. Get a Pre-Qualification
  4. Look at the Fine Print
  5. Look at Alternative Options
  6. Receive Final Approval

1. Check Your Credit Report

The better your credit score is, the lower the interest rate of the loan will be. You can get a free credit check from all three of the main credit bureaus (TransUnion, Experian, Equifax) once a year and use this to see what the lenders will see.

Your credit report will show your credit history in intricate detail, as well as your personal details and all active accounts. If your credit score is below 600, you’ll likely be refused a personal loan; if it’s lower than 700, you may succeed, but won’t necessarily get the best rate.

In any case, it always helps to build your credit score and it’s also very easy to do. If you follow the steps below, you may see a sizeable improvement in a few short months:

  • Increase Credit Limits: Your credit utilization ratio calculates your debt in relation to your credit limits. Someone with a debt of $100,000 is not necessarily worse off than someone with debt of $10,000 if the former has a credit limit of $2 million and the latter has a credit limit of $20,000. By judging debt in this way, your credit score builds an accurate and relative picture of your financial situation. By increasing your credit limits, you can improve this part of your credit score in one quick move.
  • Payoff Debt: Debt is the other half of the credit utilization ratio and works just as well as increasing your credit limit. If you have a debt of $5,000 and a credit limit of $10,000, your credit utilization is a high 50%. If you repay just $1,000 and increase your credit limit by $1,000, this ratio drops to a respectable 36%.
  • Get a Secured Credit Card: A secured credit card uses a security deposit as collateral, allowing you to sign-up even if you have very bad credit or no credit at all. It can build your credit in as little as 6 months as all payments are reported to the credit bureaus. Your deposit will set your credit limit and is completely refundable.
  • Stop Applying: Every time you apply for a new auto loan, personal loan, credit card or mortgage, you receive a hard credit inquiry, which can reduce your FICO credit score by between 2 and 5 points. What’s more, every new account will reduce your score even more and make it harder to quickly build a strong score. Keep applications to a minimum and only apply when you absolutely need a new account.
  • Keep Making Payments: Your payment history accounts for 35% of your FICO credit score, which is more than anything else. It takes a long time to build your score this way, but as soon as you miss a payment, your score can drop by over 100 points and undo all your hard work, while making your task considerably harder.

At the same time, however, your credit score is not the only thing that matters. There is a misconception here, one that claims you can get pretty much anything you want as long as you have an excellent credit card. But that’s simply not the case.

If you are self-employed with an inconsistent income that never goes higher than $15,000 a year, it’s still possible to have an excellent credit score. After all, as long as you keep credit applications to a minimum, meet your payment obligations on time and keep a strong credit utilization ratio, you can build a great credit score.

But does that mean you’ll be offered a $200,000 mortgage or a $50,000 personal loan? Of course not. You’re not making enough money to cover those debts. You might be offered a low limit credit card with relative ease, but you’ll struggle to get a sizeable personal loan and may be refused outright.

2. Compare Rates and Terms

An estimated rate is, as the name suggests, just an estimate. It can vary greatly depending on your credit score, income, and a few other factors. However, your eventual rate will always fall into the estimated range and by looking for the best ranges and comparing the most likely rate based on your current credit score, you can avoid wasting your time on high interest loans.

Many borrowers will look for the lender they are most familiar with, including the ones they have a bank account or mortgage with. But your checking account is irrelevant here and by skipping the comparison shopping you could end up with a much higher rate than you can afford.

Look for the cheapest rates and compare these to the best loan amounts. Calculate how much you will need and whether or not you can sacrifice a few dollars here and there to save more on interest. 

3. Get a Pre-Qualification

A pre-qualification will give you an idea of what sort of loan you can get based on your credit score and income. You can then use this information to compare and contrast, ensuring you find the best and most suitable loan for you.

You will need to supply all of the following information, and this will be used to determine if you’re a good fit or not:

  • Your Social Security Number
  • Your full income and debts (debt-to-income ratio)
  • Your date of birth, home address, phone number, and email
  • All your previous addresses dating back a fixed number of years
  • Details of your education

If your income is too low, your debt-to-income ratio is too high, your credit score is poor or you have made too many credit applications, you may be refused a pre-qualification.

4. Look at the Fine Print

Does the loan have a prepayment penalty? Does it charge high fees and penalty rates? Is there an origination fee? This information may not be included on the main offer page, but it’s essential for determining the worth of a loan, so dig around in the terms and conditions, and make sure you’re getting the best loan possible in terms of the lowest rate as well as the lowest fees.

5. Look at Alternative Options

A personal loan is not the only option at your disposal, and it may not even be the best one. Depending on what you need the money for, there are a host of better alternatives out there, ones that may be more forgiving of your credit score and more willing to give you a large sum and a low rate.

It’s not all about banks. There are online lenders, credit unions, and a host of other financial institutions willing to help you out.

We have outlined some of the best alternative options a little further down this article.

6. Receive Final Approval

Once you have browsed multiple loan offers, checked loan rates, and decided on the best option for you, it’s time to apply and get final approval. You will need to provide some additional info, including W-2 forms and pay stubs, and then the lender will check your credit score and you’ll receive a hit of between 2 and 5 points.

If there are no issues, the loan will be finalized. Some online lenders offer to pay your funds by the next business day and other lenders offer instant payment on acceptance of the loan application. However, many will pay within 1 week.

What are Personal Loans Used For?

You can use a personal loan for a variety of reasons and in most cases, the lender doesn’t care which one you choose. As long as you meet the monthly payments and have a respectable credit score, they don’t care if you’re blowing it on a vacation or launching a business. Here are a few reasons to apply for a personal loan, some of which make more sense than others.

Debt Consolidation

If you have a lot of credit card debt, you can use an unsecured personal loan to clear it. You’ll still have debt, as you’re essentially swapping one debt for another, but you may be charged a lower interest rate or smaller monthly payment.

There are debt consolidation and debt management companies that specialize in this service and can do all the hard work for you. However, these companies focus mainly on reducing your monthly payment and interest rate in exchange for a prolonged-term. You’ll pay less per month and may have an APR that is several points lower, but the increased term means you will pay much more over the length of the loan.

If you have a strong credit score, are in a good financial position and have several high interest credit card debts, you can get a low rate, short-term loan. You’ll pay more per month, but over the term, you could save thousands of dollars in interest payments.

Vacation

It’s rarely a good idea to accumulate debt just so you can enjoy the vacation of a lifetime. But what if it’s the only chance you have of taking that vacation? What if it would be a life goal realized and you’re confident that you can make the monthly payments and eventually clear the debt?

In such cases, while we would never recommend it, using a personal loan for a vacation is understandable. It’s something that many older married couples do to pay for cruises and trips across Europe. It’s also a method used by young married couples to have the honeymoon they have always dreamed of.

College Education

Student loans aren’t always readily available, nor are they the best option. And while they are usually more preferable to personal loans, they may not provide the coverage that you or your grandchildren need.

In the last decade or so, there has been an over 1,000% increase in the number of senior student loan borrowers. This isn’t the result of an influx of mature learners, but rather it’s because they are assuming debts on behalf of their grandchildren and children, co-signing to help them through college.

Pay for a Major Expense

Life can throw several major and unexpected expenses your way, and if you don’t have any money in your savings, a personal loan may be your only option. Many couples live their lives relatively debt and problem-free until one of the following expenses raises its head and they opt for a personal loan.

  • Marriage: A marriage is not something that happens unexpectedly, unless you’re a parent and your child is the one getting married. In either case, it’s a massive expense that can cripple you financially, with the average wedding costing over $30,000.
  • Adoption: The average cost of adoption in the United States ranges from between $40,000 and $50,000. Like a wedding, it’s not necessarily something that happens unexpectedly, but also like a wedding, when the time is right and the need is there, it’s something you feel like you have to do.
  • Funeral: Funerals can cost upwards of $10,000 and often occur out of the blue. If the deceased is insured or has assets, it’s not a problem, but there are countless people who are not insured, don’t have assets, and die unexpectedly. If you’re the closest person to them, you may find yourself assuming responsibility for their funeral.
  • Medical Services: If you fall ill and need a specific type of treatment or surgery that your insurance won’t cover, a personal loan could be the only option. Medical treatments are very expensive, and many Americans simply can’t afford to cover these costs out of their own pockets.

Launch a Business

Launching a business is another risky way to use a personal loan, but one that many borrowers are submitting to every year. This is the golden age of entrepreneurs, and there has never been a better time to launch a business.

Of course, grants and business loans are also available, but the former often requires you to work in specific niches and abide by specific terms, while the latter will be weighed against your personal finances if your business is small or new. A personal loan, therefore, may be the only option for business owners seeking to launch a new project.

Alternative Options to Personal Loans

A personal loan isn’t your only option when you need a little cash. You can borrow money through several different avenues, and the best option for you will depend on what you’re using the money for:

Credit Building

You need credit to build credit; you need a credit card or a loan before you can get the FICO score you need to get a credit card or a loan. It can feel like a Catch-22 situation, but it’s not as complicated as it might initially appear.

If you have no credit or bad credit, you may be offered a super high interest rate loan or credit card and that can help you to build a respectable score. However, it’s a risky way to do it and there are many better options out there if your only goal is to build credit.

For loans, you can use something known as a credit builder loan. Much like a reverse loan, a credit builder loan requires you to complete many of the same steps as a traditional loan, only the lender keeps the lump sum amount and moves it to a secured account. 

That loan payment earns you a small rate of interest and this helps to offset some of the interest you pay the lender. Every month, you make a payment on the loan, paying some of the principal in addition to the monthly interest, and the lender will report your payments to the three major credit bureaus (TransUnion, Experian, Equifax).

Every month, your score will improve slightly as your payment history receives a boost and then, at the end of the term, they’ll release the lump sum to you, and you’ll get most of your money back (minus the interest) in addition to the credit score boost.

Paying Off Debt

A personal loan is a great way to clear debt, but it’s not necessarily the best option. If you’re struggling to meet your monthly payment obligations, it’s not the right option at all, as your monthly payments will increase as your term decreases.

Instead, you can look into the following options:

  • Debt Payoff: Sometimes, simple debt payoff strategies like the Debt Avalanche and the Debt Snowball are enough to clear your debt and can do so in a way that won’t cost you dearly or damage your credit score.
  • Debt Settlement: One of the best and cheapest ways to clear credit card debts, debt settlement works by agreeing reduced settlement amounts with your creditors.
  • Debt Management: A form of debt consolidation performed by a specialist credit counselor. You will pay less every month and can receive greatly improved terms.

Launching a Business

Once you’ve cut costs, reduced expenses, and considered all possible ways to reduce your initial outlay for a business launch, then it might be time to consider crowdfunding. Sites like Kickstarter can help you to get the funds you need and if you have a good idea or product, along with perks, it can give you capital.

You can also sell shares in your business to friends and family, or simply ask them for a small loan.

Expanding a Business

One of the best loan options for expanding your business is something known as PayPal Working Capital, a program that we have touched upon and praised several times before. If you accept PayPal for your business and have processed many payments through your PayPal account, you’ll be offered a lump sum to help you grow.

The loan amount you’re offered will depend on how much money you receive every month. As for the repayment term, you need to pay 10% of the total every 90 days, and all payments are taken as a percentage of your income. If you opt for $20,000, you may pay a fee of $2,000, taking the total to $22,000, and be asked to pay $2,200 every 90 days for a 20% cut.

This means that for every $1,000 you earn, you’ll pay $200 back to your PayPal Working Capital loan, in addition to the usual PayPal fees. The application process is quick and easy, and you can have the money in your PayPal account in just a few minutes.

Paying for Education

While a personal loan can be a useful option when paying for your education or a family member’s education, student loans often provide better rates and loan terms. They can also cover most of the costs associated with college, although if you need extra money for living costs, then a personal loan can be considered.

Paying for Vacations or Other Expenses

If you are a homeowner and have built substantial equity in your home, then a home equity loan or home equity line of credit may provide you with better loan terms and a much higher loan amount. 

A home equity loan or line of credit is a secured loan, as it uses your home as collateral. If you fail to make the payments every month and eventually default on your loan, the lender can simply take your asset and use it to recover the costs of the loan. 

As a result, the annual percentage rate is often much lower. You will still need good credit and a respectable debt-to-income ratio to apply, but the best home equity loan is typically much more favorable and cheaper than the best personal loan.

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Do Personal Guarantees Affect Credit Scores?

December 15, 2020 &• min read by Garrett Sutton Comments 0 Comments

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Whether you’re a solopreneur launching a start-up or a small-business owner seeking to grow your company, you might need extra funding. And if you’re looking for business loan, you might need a personal guarantee. Does a personal guarantee impact your credit and your own financial situation? Find out below.

What Does a Personal Guarantee Mean?

A personal guarantee means you personally promise that a debt will be paid back. If you sign a personal guarantee on a business loan, you are responsible for paying back the money if the business is unable to do so. The lender can try to collect the money from you, including by suing you.

Why Would a Lender Require a Personal Guarantee?

Personal guarantees are all about reducing risk for the lender. If you sign one, it has two potential entities to chase to collect the loan. First, the lender will attempt to collect from the business itself. If the business doesn’t make payments as agreed or defaults on the loan, the lender will try to collect from you personally.

The benefits to the lender are pretty big. They’re much more likely to eventually recoup their investment, even if your business fails. That means many, though not all, small-business loan options do come with a personal guarantee requirement.

Some factors that can increase the chance that a lender might ask for a personal guarantee include:

  • You’re a solopreneur or very small business. In this case, the business’s reputation and credit is likely very tied to your own.
  • Your business is new and doesn’t yet have a solid credit history of its own. The lender can’t decide if the business is a good risk, but it can decide if you’re a good risk.
  • Your business doesn’t have enough income or collateral. If you’re trying to borrow money to grow your business, it might not make enough money for the lender to seriously consider shelling out funds. But if you’re confident in the growth plan and know money will come in once you implement it, you might put up your own collateral to secure the loan.

How Does a Personal Guarantee Affect Your Credit Score?

Whether or not a personal guarantee affects your credit score depends on the situation. First, business loans may or may not be reported on your credit history.

If you sign as a personal guarantor for a traditional business loan, the loan itself will be reported on your business’s credit report. Timely payments on that loan will help build your business’s credit history. Missing a payment could cause the business credit score to take a hit.

In these cases, your personal credit isn’t likely to be impacted. However, if the business defaults on the loan and the lender comes to you for payment, your credit history could start to take a hit. If you immediately make a payment to catch up the loan, you may not see any impact to your personal credit. If, however, you don’t pay and the account goes to collections, that’s likely to show up on both your personal and business credit histories.

Other types of business funding, including some small-business lines of credit and credit cards, do get reported on your personal credit. This can be a good thing if payments are made timely and as agreed, as you could get a bump on that for your own credit score. In the meantime, however, it does potentially impact your credit utilization ratio and your debt-to-income ratio.

Should You Sign a Personal Guarantee for a Business Loan?

This is a personal decision that depends on a variety of factors, including your confidence in the business. But here are a few questions to ask yourself before you take this action, which can have long-lasting consequences on your own personal finances.

  • Do you really need to guarantee the loan? Your business doesn’t need perfect credit to get a loan, and there are many financing options available. Make sure you explore all your resources and understand what they’ll cost you and your business before you decide on one.
  • Are you confident the business will be able to handle the debt? If the business is stable and you know it will be able to cover the debt, you have less risk in signing a personal guarantee.
  • Are you in control of how the business handles finances? If it’s your business and you’re the one who signs the checks, you can make sure the bills are paid on time. If someone else is handling the accounting, you may want to be wary about signing a personal guarantee.
  • Can you afford to take the hit if the business fails? There’s no such thing as a sure deal, and you can’t assume the business will 100% make it. That means you need to be able to make good on the debt yourself in a worst-case scenario without giving up your personal financial stability.

The Bottom Line

Ready to get that business loan? If you’ve thought it out—and analyzed your personal financial situation—start shopping for options today. If you’re wondering where to start, check out the business loans at Credit.com. You can compare rates and requirements, so you can find the right business loan for your needs. 


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Best Short-Term Loans for Bad Credit for 2021

You need cash and you need it now. The only problem is your credit is in shambles, which makes it tough to qualify for most traditional forms of credit. And you’re not necessarily attracted to the idea of taking out a payday or title loan because they’re too costly or put your assets at risk.

So, how are you supposed to cover that urgent car repair, medical bill, or some other unexpected bill without resorting to a loan from a relative or friend?

Well, there are several short-term loan options out there for people with bad credit. You may pay a steeper APR than what you’d qualify for with a traditional personal loan, but it beats the triple-digit high interest rates that come with payday and car title loans.

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Short-Term Loans from Online Loan Marketplaces

It’s important to choose a reputable lender for your short-term loan. That way, you can avoid predatory practices from companies who aren’t interested in your financial well-being.

Don’t know where to start with your search for a lender? We’ve compiled a list of lenders who bring clear terms in addition to an easy online experience. Consider one these marketplaces for a loan with bad credit:

MoneyMutual offers short-term cash advance loans that are similar to payday loans for up to $2,500. The lowest loan amount you can get is $250.

Interest rates and terms vary depending on the state, lender, and your credit history. While they do run a credit check, it’s possible to be approved for a loan even if you’ve been filed for bankruptcy or have had other serious credit issues.

They served more than two million customers to date. Once you are approved you can receive your funds via direct deposit, sometimes in less than 24 hours after approval. The online application takes just minutes to fill out.

Want to learn more? Check out our full review.

BadCreditLoans.com gives you a higher chance of finding a short-term loan product that suits your needs by distributing your information to their network of lenders.

You should also know that their lenders cater to consumers with poor credit.

Loans range from $500 to $10,000. You will have between 3 and 36 months to repay the loan. Funds should be available as soon as the next business day.

Even better, lenders in their network offer unsecured loans. So unlike title loans, no collateral is required to qualify and your assets won’t be at risk.

Instead, they only require that you be at least 18 years of age, be a U.S. citizen or legal resident, have a steady source of income and an open checking account to receive the funds.

If you’re interested in learning more, check out our full review.

PersonalLoans.com

PersonalLoans.com is another popular loan marketplace geared towards helping those with poor perfect credit find the fast cash they need.

The lenders in their network offer three types of short term loans:

  • Peer To Peer Loans: ideal for consumers with a credit score of 600 or higher, and verifiable income of $2,000 per month.
  • Personal Installment Loans: available to those with a credit score of 580 or higher and a minimum monthly income of $2,000.
  • Bank Personal Loans: geared towards borrowers with a minimum credit score of at least 580 and verifiable monthly income of $3,000.

The APR on most loans is between 5.99% and 35.99%. This is substantially lower than what you’d pay in interest for a payday loan, and you’ll have anywhere between 6 and 72 months to pay the loan off.

If you are successfully matched with a lender and offered a loan, you’ll be prompted to review the loan documents and accept the terms. Once the agreement has been executed, you can expect the money to be deposited into your account within one to five business days.

Before moving forward, read our in-depth review.

Short-Term Loans from Bad Credit Lenders

If you’d prefer to skip the loan marketplaces and apply directly with a reputable lender, here are some viable options to consider:

Avant is an established loan provider with a customer satisfaction rating of 95 percent. They have a straight-forward loan application process and upon approval, will deposit funds into your account in as little as one business day.

Loan amounts range from $2,000 to $35,000 with repayment terms from 2 to 5 years. If you have a bad credit score, your interest rate will cap out at 35.99 percent. It may seem high, but it’s relatively low compared to other cash advance loans that cater to those with bad credit history.

But if your credit rating is higher, you could qualify for an interest rate as low as 9.95 percent. A small loan administrative fee between 1.50% and 4.75% also applies.

There is no minimum credit score requirement to qualify, but most borrowers have credit scores that range between 600 and 700.

Even better, they offer an online tool that allows you to see which loans products you may qualify for without impacting your credit. And if you’re able to get back on your feet sooner than expected and pay the loan off early, there are no prepayment penalties.

Read our full review of Avant

If you have a credit score in the 600s and need fast cash, LendingPoint may be the lender for you. They offer short term loans of up to $25,000 with interest rates from 17.46 to 35.99 percent. And the funds may be available to you by the next day.

Beyond the 600 or higher credit score, you must be 18 or older with a valid bank account and an annual income of at least $20,000 to qualify. You must also reside in one of the 32 states they serve.

You can check your eligibility without impacting your credit by using the online tool. To get started, you’ll need to provide your desired loan amount, the purpose of the loan, your annual income and a few additional personal details to confirm your identity.

Upon approval, you the loan verification process is completed online so you can receive the cash you need in a jiffy. You’ll have anywhere from 24 to 48 months to repay the loan, depending on the loan term you qualify for.

Read our full review of LendingPoint

You may be eligible for a short term loan from Net Credit of up to $10,000 if you reside in one of the following states:

Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Washington, DC, and Wisconsin.

Loan terms and interest rates vary by state, but you may be offered an interest rate as high as 155% with a five-year term. However, that beats taking out a payday loan and only having until the next payday to pay it back.

You can check your eligibility by completing the online form found on their website. If you qualify for a loan, NetCredit offers a tool to help you tailor your loan amount and repayment terms to accommodate your financial situation. Upon approval, funds will be deposited into your account in as little as one day.

NetCredit offers a tool called My CreditBuilder. In a nutshell, it reports monthly payment history to both Experian and TransUnion. So, by making timely payments each month, you will improve your credit.

Read our full review of NetCredit

How to Evaluate Your Short-Term Loan Options

Before applying for a short-term loans for bad credit, you should:

  • Confirm that the lender is licensed to do business in your state. It also doesn’t hurt to look around and see what others are saying about them. (This could include independent consumer reviews and those from the Better Business Bureau).
  • Inquire about the lender’s credit reporting practices. If the lender reports to the three major credit bureaus, you’ll kill two birds with one stone. You’ll cover your financial emergency and strengthen your payment history with responsible loan-management.
  • Compare the loan terms and fees across the board. Don’t settle for the first offer you receive. You may be able to qualify for a more competitive loan offer elsewhere.
  • Be mindful of penalties and fees. These could make the loan more costly and result in unaffordable monthly payments.

Finally, you should read the fine print before signing on the dotted line.

Bottom Line

Before resorting to high-interest payday loans, credit card cash advance, or title loans, consider applying for a short-term loan for bad credit. You’ll qualify for lower interest rates and enjoy flexible repayment options that span beyond the next payday.

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