Business Debt Consolidation

Just as consumers sometimes find themselves buried in debt, so too do businesses. Excessive business debt can be incurred for many different reasons including expansion, unexpected large expenses, or even poor management. When revenue no longer covers expenses, managers and business owners must look to other means to find the debt relief that they need. Unfortunately, many managers and owners refrain from seeking help for far longer than they should, possibly due to feelings of failure, embarrassment or of appearing week to their competition. However, just as with personal debt, unmanageable and unchecked business debt will invariably lead to intense pressure from debt collectors and also to possible lawsuits, so it's important for those responsible for the business to take necessary action as soon as is practical. Two of the most common options often chosen for business debt relief are commercial debt counseling and debt consolidation loans.

Commercial debt counseling accomplishes for businesses what consumer credit counseling does for individuals – as well as a great deal more. It combines business debt support with debt settlement, so that professional counselors assist in both detecting financial problems and educating managers. The counselor’s goal is to increase revenue by determining the problem areas that are adding to a business’s debt and – if necessary – by re-allocating funds to the business's various departments more efficiently.

The debt counselor will make suggestions to the managers about how finances can be handled differently to improve the situation, perhaps through the incorporation of external investors or debt consolidation loans. This part of the process is usually completed within the first few weeks of consultation. The counselor will then negotiate with individual creditors in an attempt to settle the company’s debts for a reasonable amount and in a manner that the business can live with.

A business debt consolidation loan is a single loan that's used to pay off all other business debts. Rather than having to manage payments to many different creditors each month, the business need only make one monthly payment. In addition, the business can often lower its overall debt interest rate by utilizing such a loan. Unfortunately, obtaining a debt consolidation loan for a business is significantly more difficult than getting one for an individual. Because business debt consolidation loans often cover large amounts of debt, lenders tend to view them as very risky transactions.

Generally speaking, businesses exist for the sole purpose of creating revenue, so if revenue is not enough to cover costs, lenders need to know why before they'll add their own money to the already failing situation. Although some reasons might be considered understandable (such as a large, unexpected or unavoidable expense), others are not. Poor management, for example, may indicate a situation into which the lender will refuse to become financially involved.

There are both secured and unsecured debt consolidation loans available for businesses. Unsecured loans – those that do not require any property to be pledged as collateral – can generally be obtained only for small debts. These loans are typically very difficult to obtain, and always come with high interest rates. Secured loans require that a valuable piece of business property (or perhaps even the business owner's home) be used as collateral against the debt. In the event that the business fails to repay the loan, the property will be seized for payment.

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