According to statistics, more than half of America is employed by small business owners and these owners rely on credit. Not just credit to expand business or purchase a new cash register, but credit in order to make payroll. Now that tough financial times are here, banks are not as giving as they once were. Banks are changing their standards on small business lending , making it hard and at times impossible for small businesses to get financing.
A Majority of Banks Are Changing Their Small Business Lending Standards
Most small businesses agree that even in the last 6 months they have felt the affects of the credit crisis. The problem is the domino affect of this crisis: since banks don’t have money to lend, small businesses cannot borrow money to expand, pay bills or payroll- which then affects employees of small businesses.
Franchises of larger businesses are also feeling the pinch.
Rescuing Starts at the Top No Immediate Assistance for Small Businesses
Since the government is concerned with helping the big players first, small businesses can’t get the immediate help they need. The government can’t realistically help out every small business in the ways they are assisting big businesses right away. Time is money of course and small businesses lose more than larger businesses every day that they can’t get financial assistance.
Without Small Business Lending , Small Businesses Make Sacrifices
Because there isn’t the normal financial cushion helping businesses have a little wiggle room, all expenses must be taken into consideration. This may include cutting big expenses in a small company. This sadly, may include:
EmployeesHealth Insurance Moving Full Time Employees To Part Time Positions Cutting bonuses or severance pay
If you are like many, who wanted to start their own business and haven’t yet, it may be wise to hold out. Taken into the consideration that 98% of all brand new start up businesses fail, you may just want to hold onto that money a bit longer, until things sort them selves out. Otherwise, if you are ready to take the plunge and nothing is going to hold you back, take your friend’s advice, listen to other small business owners and seek out investors that you trust. Looking for small investors over banks me be intimidating, but the investor may see the potential that other banks who are skittish already may not.