Business Loans For Florists
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Why do florists need business loans?
As a florist, the chances are your business is highly seasonal. It can be very tricky managing cash flow when your income fluctuates, as so many of your expenses will be fixed costs that have to be met no matter how quiet business is.
A business loan could give you the working capital you need to keep paying costs such as rent on your flower shop or stall, insurance, tax and wages.
You may need to buy in extra stock or special blooms in the run up to a peak period like Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day – but after a quiet period when sales are down you may not have the cash on hand for this up-front expenditure.
A business loan can help you to bridge that gap, so you can fully stock your flower stall or shop and take full advantage of the opportunity.
The floral sector is highly competitive, especially if you’re supplying flower arrangements for events, weddings or funerals. With a business loan you could run a traditional or online marketing campaign, to raise your profile and reputation and attract more customers.
If you’re growing your florist business, it could also give you the funds you need open another stall or shop, attract corporate clients with ongoing requirements, or supply flowers for larger events.
What are the requirements for getting a business loan?
Getting a business loan can be easier than you think.
While you can still expect to be knocked back by the big banks unless you have a solid trading history, a top-rate credit rating and collateral to offer, there are plenty of alternative lenders out there willing to offer business loans to florists.
Each lender will have their own criteria when it comes to things like credit rating, how long you’ve been in business, and how high your turnover is. If you’re higher risk (e.g. if your credit score is low) you may still be able to get a business loan, although you can expect to pay a higher rate of interest to compensate for that risk.
The most important factor ALL lenders will look at is your capacity.
Lenders need to know that you will have enough cash – after all your expenses – to cover your loan repayments.
How to apply for a business loan
- Personal and business ID documents
- 6 – 12 months bank statements
- Evidence that you’ve been in business for the lenders’ minimum period
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What options are available to florists?
There are several types of small business loans you could consider, to support or grow your florist business.
Unsecured small business loan
A short-term option, unsecured business loans are usually for between 3 months and 2 years.
You can use the funds for any purpose. Many lenders will let you set a repayment schedule to suit your trading patterns.
A specific-purpose business loan secured on the equipment you are buying.
The term will often be tied to the lifespan of the equipment. You will not be able to sell or upgrade the equipment until you have repaid the equipment finance.
There are several types of business car finance you can use to buy your florist vans, including car loans, hire purchasing and leasing.
While your work vehicles are under finance you will not be able to sell or upgrade them.
Business line of credit
A business line of credit is similar to an overdraft facility, giving you access to cash up to an agreed limit, often with the right to draw, repay and redraw funds as you need them.
You only pay interest on what you borrow, but there are often set up and admin fees.
Business credit card
Business credit cards are great for covering day-to-day expenses and making purchases, but unless you clear the balance each month the cost can be extremely high.
Before entering in to any business loan agreement, be sure to seek professional advice. It’s also important to ensure you understand all of the costs (including all fees). You can get a head start by using our business loan calculator.