It’s perfectly normal for a commercial enterprise to be in debt. Borrowing money to make money isn’t a new idea.
Here are 4 reasons why borrowing money for business is not just a fact of business life; it is often a shrewd choice.
1. Start up costs have to be paid
Before a single sale can be made, there needs to be something to sell.
Every business needs some form of investment before it can start trading. This could be as simple as a computer, a telephone and an internet connection. But most need more: stock, premises, marketing and something to pay the staff, even if it’s a sole trader.
The money for this could come from a personal loan taken out by the business owner or other flexible sources of finance such as credit cards. The money may even be borrowed from friends, family or effectively from the business owner themselves.
2. Working capital is needed to keep cash flowing
Typically, suppliers need to be paid before customers settle their debts. This puts continual pressure on cash flow. To keep this cycle moving, and to avoid running out of money, demands that a certain amount of money is available to the business at all times — working capital.
Over time, the business can finance working capital out of profits, but this only comes after a period of successful trading. If the business is growing quite fast, the capital required could always be ahead of the surplus generated from trade, meaning continual borrowing is needed.
3. Use the investment to make more than it costs to borrow
This is one reason why many firms of all sizes continue to use credit, even when they’ve been trading for years. They use the funds to generate enough profits to more than cover the cost of borrowing.
Taking out credit, whether it’s a business loan, invoice finance or an overdraft, allows them to invest in more sales, creating more profit. Successful businesses spot opportunities in the market and borrow the funds they need to seize the moment.
Asking how much it costs to borrow money is often the wrong question. The right question is: “What’s the difference between how much you can make and how much it costs to borrow?”
4. Borrowing money reduces personal risk
It may seem odd for your business to borrow money when you’ve already got personal savings. But you saved that money for a reason — perhaps to fund children through education or provide for your retirement.
Whatever that reason is, if you tie up that cash in your business, it’s not available for the original purpose.
Taking out credit for your business offers a number of benefits and can improve your chances of commercial success.