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As the backbone of our economy, South African businesses deserve only the best finance options; which these business lenders are ready to provide.

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A range of business finance solutions tailored to your business

Your business needs tailored finance options that can help you reach your business objectives.

These South African business lenders offer the most flexible range of business loans to help your business reach the next level.

Frequently Asked Questions

Business finance solutions tailored to your needs

Depending on whether you have just decided to take that elusive leap of faith and start your own business, or expand on the current one if finances are required – there are solutions out there that are available to suit your business needs.

Not all of us have entrepreneurship running through our veins, but for those who do, the South African economy is grateful to you! Small to medium businesses directly impact the growth of our economy for many reasons, one being that it boosts employment. That is why lenders are so eager to be a part of this process.

Not only are there exciting and expanding periods where you would require access to funds in the form of a business loan, but often it is due to some really tough and trying times in the business. Businesses can go through some difficult cycles in their existence, and it’s important that there are lines of credit and a helping hand in the form of instant finance to keep businesses afloat. Cash flow is a major problem that SMEs face in this country and it’s one of the primary reasons behind the applications that come through for business loans.

The term liquidation and bankruptcy are taboo, so when things have about hit the proverbial, it’s time to consider help. There’s no shame in taking out small loans to assist with keeping your doors open to a trade because closing your doors is something that can damage a company’s reputation.

Remember, just because your business is struggling or you have a dream to open up a new one, there are some critical criteria that need to be met in order to qualify for this loan type. One can only imagine if the lending is done haphazardly to their borrowers, how that might affect the owner if he lands himself in more debt than he started with! Well, we know where it could lead, to those two undesirable terms earlier mentioned.

I am starting up a brand-new business, how does it work?

Statistically, it’s safe to assume that if you’re starting out, you might require access to additional funds that you already have. Even though you’ve been saved, you’re at a point now where you’re ready to get it all off the ground and have found there to be far more intangible items that you hadn’t originally considered. Should this be the case, a business loan is certainly for you! For start-ups, one of the most common forms of finance is personal loans which are given to the entrepreneur or business partners individually.

An important thing to note, however, is that startup loans aren’t as readily available as loans are for those businesses that have already been thriving for a good few years. But don’t fret! You are not without help, as there are many registered lenders that are willing to help startups, provided you can present a solid business plan with some determined and sincere effort to the financial success of the business in question.

However, should you find and choose a lender who is willing to offer you a business loan for your start-up (also known as a capital loan), be prepared to have all your paperwork in order if you plan to be considered and approved.

Do I need to put forward any security on the loan?

Generally, this is required for the approval of a business loan. If you’re unsure as to what security would pass as collateral, then inquire at the lending institutions you are applying through. Usually, it would be any form of large assets, property or vehicle. If you're taking out a personal loan to start a business, you would typically secure the loan against your home loan or, equity in your property.

Lenders require this to alleviate the risk that they take on when lending you this loan. Bear in mind, this isn’t a quick loan or a payday loan, this is ordinarily a large sum of money over an extended period of time, therefore banks and other lenders need to be prepared for the fact that individuals’ financial situations can drastically change in this time, rendering them unable to afford the repayments. In this unfortunate circumstance, the collateral saves you from losing your business and it spares the bank any losses.

If you’re quite a small business and in need of a smaller business loan than normal, for example, to do some minor renovations or otherwise procure a few machines for the business, then security isn’t always required. The only difference is that unsecured loans come with higher interest rates, naturally.

Before deciding to apply for a Business loan

1. Do I really need a loan and why?

It is important to know why you need the loan. You should be sure that the money will be used for business purposes that are really necessary. There are various reasons why you may need a loan such as poor cash flow, renovations, expansion or new stock required. These are all valid reasons to apply for a business loan.

However, if your answer is more along the lines of inefficiency has led to poor productivity and your markups are out, therefore profits are low, then no amount of finance is going to sort your problem out.

2. Is the business growing fast enough?

Applying for finance in order to further grow your business is a great move, but consider the fact that the party on the lending side will need to believe in it just as much as you do. A sound business plan that forecasts the growth potential and market value after investing more money in it are imperative to the approval of your business loan. Lenders are willing to support you if they can see the end goal with you.

3. Is this the ideal time to apply for a business loan?

Bear in mind that a business loan is not an instant loan, i.e. if you’re in trouble and need access to funds quickly, a business loan is not the answer. Banks will assess your business based on the risk involved in lending of the loan. If you don’t have access to any money at all, chances are you might not be approved for the loan. Follow your business plan stringently and ask for funds where needed that aid the business plan, not when they’re required to save the plan.

Right, I’ve decided I need a loan, where do I start?

It’s part and parcel of any application, that one shops around. This is simply because business loans are quite complex and every lender will come with their own set of services and tailored products to match the needs of a variety of business types.

You might find one lender requires an entirely different set of documentation from another, or one comes with added benefits or longer loan periods. Comparing loans online is absolutely necessary.

What are some of the things that business loans will cover?

There are a number of reasons why entrepreneurs are already existing companies and might seek a business loan. Funding a start-up as already mentioned is a primary reason for non-existing businesses. For existing, there are reasons such as expansion, refurbishing, purchasing additional equipment or simply boosting cash flow in the business.

Some business owners require vehicle finance to expand and maintain their fleets. Some start-up businesses may need a vehicle for their daily operations. There are many companies that specialise in fleet finance and can offer good rates and flexible terms.

It’s a good idea to reinvest in a business as well, so obtaining funds for this purpose is seldom ever a bad move, especially if it’s growing, and you want to help it along in those quieter periods.

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List of direct lenders offering Business loans

  1. Lulalend Business loan


    • Loans up to R1,500,000
    • Term up to 12 months
    • Interest up to 28%
  2. Nedbank Business loan


    • Loans up to R1,000,000
    • Term up to 10 years
    • Interest from 10.25%
  3. FNB Business loan


    • Loans up to R400,000
    • Term up to 5 years
    • Set interest rates
  4. Investec Business loan


    • Tailored finance
    • Flexible repayments
    • Interest from 7%
  5. Bidvest Bank Business loan

    Bidvest Bank

    • Fleet finance
    • Term up to 72 months
    • Interest up to 10%
  6. Profitshare Partners Business loan

    Profitshare Par...

    • Loans up to R5,000,000
    • Quick Online Applications
    • Short-term Asset Finance
  7. Bright On Capital Business loan

    Bright On Capit...

    • Loans up to R250,000
    • Affordable working capital
    • Term up to 90 days
  8. Angel Investment Network Business loan

    Angel Investmen...

    • Fundraising
    • Investments
    • Start-up loans
  9. Business Partners Business loan

    Business Partne...

    • Loans up to R5,000,000
    • Term up to 7 years
    • Interest from 4.39%
  10. Ithala Business loan


    • Asset based finance
    • Micro finance
    • Franchise finance
  11. Boodle Business loan


    • Loans up to R4,000
    • Term up to 32 days
    • Interest from 0.17%
  12. Bridging Finance Business loan

    Bridging Financ...

    • Loans up to R2,500,000
    • Interest from 25%
  13. PowerPack Business loan


    • Business growth
    • Instant cashflow solutions
    • Small business funding
  14. SEFA Business loan


    • Loans up to R5,000,000
    • Finance for SMME's
    • Asset finance
  15. Cashflow Capital Business loan

    Cashflow Capita...

    • Apply fast online
    • Online loan approvals
    • Flexible repayments
  16. GroFin Business loan


    • Business support
    • Term up to 8 years
    • Business finance
  17. Business Finance Brokers Business loan

    Business Financ...

    • Loans up to R1,500,000
    • No hidden fees
    • Apply in 5 minutes
  18. CapX Finance Business loan

    CapX Finance

    • Loans up to R50,000
    • Working capital
    • Fast loan approval
  19. Kuyasa Fund Business loan

    Kuyasa Fund

    • Loans up to R20,000
    • Term up to 24 months
    • Interest from 27%
  20. Business Funding SA Business loan

    Business Fundin...

    • Loans up to R15,000,000
    • Angel investments
    • Term up to 13 years
  21. Loan Detector Business loan

    Loan Detector

    • Loans up to R10,000,000
    • Term up to 60 months
    • Interest from 10.71%