Financially-savvy small-business owners looking to free up some extra cash could consider refinancing or consolidating loans that have high interest rates.
Refinancing or consolidating could lower your monthly payments and help you grow your business. Established businesses with strong finances typically qualify for the lowest rates with long repayment periods, but you also have options with online business lenders.
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With business debt consolidation, you combine several loans or merchant cash advances into one loan — ideally with a lower interest rate that could result in lower payments and a shorter repayment period.
Business debt consolidation is sometimes confused with debt refinancing, which means you take out a lower-interest loan and use it to pay off the original, thereby saving money.
SBA loans, which are backed by the U.S. Small Business Administration, offer the best terms, including low interest rates and flexible repayment. To qualify, you typically need to be an established business with solid revenue and have a good credit score.
You can also turn to banks to qualify for traditional business loans to consolidate your debt. Bank loans can also have competitive rates and terms depending on your business and personal finances.
Besides banks, you can turn to online lenders for business debt consolidation and refinancing. Online lenders often have less stringent requirements than traditional banks.
NerdWallet has created a list of the best small-business loans to meet your needs and goals. We gauged lender trustworthiness, market scope and user experience, among other factors, and arranged the lenders by categories that include your revenue and how long you’ve been in business.