Why Getting a Business Loan over a Personal Loan May Predict Success

A new joint study between Florida Atlantic University and Brock University in Ontario found that getting a business loan instead of a personal loan in the first year of enterprise is associated with increased success.[1] According to the study of almost 5,000 businesses, companies that take on debt in the business's name are associated with "longer survival time and higher revenues." But businesses financed through personal debt — such as a credit card or home equity line — in the owner's name aren't.[2]

The joint study found that businesses using bank financing to fund their startup reported almost four times the revenue as those businesses funded by the owner's personal debt.[2]

Why do companies that get business financing perform better than those with personal financing? These reasons offer an explanation.

Business Bank Loans Require Homework

Applying for a bank loan requires preparation. In addition to filling out forms, applicants gather information about their industry, target market, local economy and competition. They present detailed business forecasts or plans, as well as current financial information and projections. The time and effort they invest may mean they have informed themselves about the challenges as well as the opportunities of running a business in their industry and local area. They're serious about doing the work and planning required for success.

In addition, financing a business through personal credit restricts borrowing to what's available to business owners as individuals. These owners can only borrow up to their credit card limit or the maximum of a home equity line, for example. On the other hand, business owners who get approved for business credit gain access to additional credit in the form of a new loan, credit line or credit card in the business's name. This allows the business to grow beyond the limitations of personal credit.

Banks Advise and Mentor Businesses They Lend To

Businesses that get business financing from a bank often receive a valuable bonus that can help position them for success. After a bank lends money to a business, it's invested in the company's success. And when a business performs well, the owner may need to borrow more money for expansion, which is also good for the lender. Banks are eager to monitor and mentor borrower businesses, study authors noted.

Business financing can help companies at all growth stages. To learn more about the loans and options that are best suited to your enterprise, speak to the business bankers at PNC Bank.


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  1. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0929119916302425

  2. https://www.forbes.com/sites/robbmandelbaum/2018/02/19/a-new-study-says-business-loans-help-startups-grow-personal-loans-dont/2/#139511803c6f

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