Lower Prepayment Penalties
1. Use a Conventional Business Loan over an SBA Loan.
SBA-backed business loans tend to have higher closing costs, prepayment penalties and guarantee fees. Typically, closing costs for conventional business loans are 2 to 3 percent less than for SBA loans. Similarly, prepayment penalties for conventional loans span 1 to 5 years while SBA loans are concentrated between 3 to 5 years.
2. Take a Business Loan with a Longer Term.
Business loans with longer terms (20 years or more) have lower monthly payment costs. This helps free up cash for working capital needs. Here's an example:
Business Loan Amount: $200,000
Interest Rate: 8 %
For a 15 year loan: $1,911.30
For a 20 year loan: $1,672.88
For a 25 year loan: $1,543.63
3. Use a Business Line of Credit Instead of a Business Term Loan.
Unlike most business loans, a line of credit allows borrowers to pay back funds free of cost. Generally borrowers must square their account monthly for some initial period of time.