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Business Loan

Business loans are available to self employed professionals, firms and corporations, to meet their operating expenses, finance capital expenditure (or acquisition of fixed assets) towards starting or expanding a business. Even industrial units are given business loans, to swap existing high-cost debt from other bank / financial institution. Apart from providing funding, bank can also issue letters of credit or give a guarantee, on behalf of the customer, to the suppliers and even government departments, for the procurement of goods and services on credit.

The maximum amount of business loan that can be sanctioned varies from bank to bank. However, the minimum loan amount is Rs. 25000 and maximum loan tenure is 5 years. Generally, no security is required for business credit up to a certain limit. For business loans above the limit, banks usually require a collateral security or a percentage of business loans as margin, in the form of fixed deposit with the bank. Business loans are similar to an overdraft and are available like a limit on current account. In this case, the interest is charged only on the actual amount utilized, rather the entire amount of loan.

Types of Business Loans

Professional Loans
Professional loans, as their very name suggests, are provided to self employed professionals like Doctor, Chartered Accountant, Interior Decorator, Architect, Company Secretary, etc. Unsecured in nature, this type of loan is not given to manufacturing, trading or processing units. The amount of loan varies between Rs. 25000 to Rs. 25 lakh, considering the age of the applicant, his financial standing, his repayment capacity, tenure of the loan (maximum 5 years), etc.

In case of professional loans, the rate of interest depends upon the prime lending rate, is calculated on diminishing balance and can be on the fixed as well as fluctuating basis. In many cases, it depends upon the customer's profile and his financial capacity. The payment is made through EMIs and in only a few cases, tangible collateral security is required. Most of the finance companies also charge a process fee, usually 1% of the loan amount.

Documents Required
Trade Loans
Trade loans are provided to traders/ businessmen, so as to help them either open a new business or operate/expand an existing one. The amount of loan varies between Rs. 25000 to Rs. 100 lakh, considering the age of the customer, his financial standing, his repayment capacity, tenure of the loan, etc. The maximum duration for which the loan is given is 5 years and it has to be repaid through Equated Monthly Installments or EMI.

The rate of interest depends upon the prime lending rate and can be offered on the fixed as well as fluctuating basis. There are many banks that require customers to furnish collateral security for the loan, in the form of mortgage of land (not agricultural land) and building. Apart from that, National Savings Certificates, Government Bonds, Bank's Term Deposits, Assignment of Life Insurance Policies, Approved Shares & Bonds (in the name of borrower/proprietor/partner/director) are also acceptable.

Type of Concerns Given Business Loan
Documents Required

Sole Proprietorship / Partnership Firm
Private Limited Company
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Short-term Loans
Used for short-term working capital requirements and paid within 1 year.

Intermediate Loans
Used for new business, to build inventory, buy equipment or increase working capital, and paid between 1 and 3 years.

Long-term Loans
Used for well established business, to increase fixed assets, for related business acquisitions or expansion, and paid between 3 and 5 years. At times, used for start-up business, to purchase land or buildings, fund construction efforts or finance long-term working capital.

Two types of charges might be levied in case of business loan - processing fee and Pre-payment fee. Processing fee is payable at the time of processing of loan application. Pre-payment fee is payable in case you decide to pre-close your loan account, by paying the entire/part of the loan before it is due.