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Financing helps businesses afford the tools of their trades

Entrepreneurs and business owners in Louisiana know financing is a part of almost every business. Small businesses often take out loans to cover raw materials or inventory costs, and many companies regularly use revolving lines of credit to pay employees or take care of other expenses. Financing the purchase of specialized equipment is also common. Equipment financing allows small businesses to make major purchases of necessary tools. It is used to pay for expensive farm machinery, office furniture, company vehicles, computers, information technology infrastructure and any other equipment a business might need.

Avoiding errors that can discourage start-up funding

When an entrepreneur thinks about creating a new business in Louisiana, they may be concerned about how to best attract the kind of financing that can help their start-up grow and thrive. There are a number of reasons why new start-ups can have difficulty getting the funding they seek from venture capitalists. In some cases, the process of fundraising itself can hinder the likelihood of success. Someone entering a new business can tailor the process in order to enhance their ability to attract vital funding and support.

How entrepreneurs can start a new company

When people in Louisiana think about starting their own businesses, it can be important to address legal concerns to ensure that the enterprise starts out on the right foot. One of the most important steps to starting a business is registering it as a legal entity. By doing this, the business has a separate legal existence from its founder or founders to handle funds, deal with debts, make contracts and otherwise engage in activities. One of the most important advantages of forming an entity like a limited liability company is providing protection against incurring personal financial liabilities in case of business difficulties.

Startups and debts

Louisiana residents who start their own businesses may accumulate some debt. They may have some equity that can be applied to the business, but it is not uncommon for individuals to fund a startup with a credit card, multiple investors or a loan. For many startups, there may not be a profit for at least three to five years, which means there will be debt to handle until the business begins to turn a profit. However, there are some steps entrepreneurs can take to manage the business-related debt they may accumulate.

Securing a small business loan

Small business owners in Louisiana may be interested in the advantages provided by government-backed Small Business Administration loans. These loans can be appealing because they are offered in a range of sizes and can be repaid over a lengthy period at relatively low interest rates. The interest rates for alternative business loans can be substantially high, but bank loans backed by the SBA tend to have interest rates of around 7 percent APR. However, many business owners may face difficulties when applying.

What to know about selling a business

Business owners in Louisiana and elsewhere should take time to prepare themselves prior to selling their companies. If they know what the company is worth, it generally makes it easier to spot a fair deal and walk away from the business feeling content. To determine how much the company is worth, prospective sellers should look at what similar companies have sold for in the past.

Succession planning aids business owners nearing retirement

At some point, business owners in Louisiana will need to think about retirement. Stepping away from a business could involve selling it or passing the reins to a family member or other successor. Both situations require careful planning to consider issues such as retirement income and the needs and abilities of heirs.

Lending for Small Businesses

It might interest the citizens of Louisiana to know that ever since 2012, the Pepperdine Graziadio School of Business and Management has produced the Private Capital Access Index every fiscal quarter, which tracks how accessible private funding is to small and middle-market businesses. Interestingly, not only has the PCA Index been increasing year by year, but it has reached a new high during the first quarter of 2018. In more concrete terms, in Q1 2012, the PCA Index was 26.6; in Q1 2018, the PCA index reached 33.9.

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