PERSONAL LOAN TO START A BUSINESS

A business loan alternative

Get business funding even if you can’t qualify for a business loan.

Can you use a personal loan for business?

Usually, you can use a personal loan to start or grow a business. And it might be a good option if you can’t qualify for a business loan or if you want to borrow a smaller amount of money. It’s generally easier and faster to qualify for a personal loan. On the flip side, lending amounts are more limited. And because your personal credit will likely be tied to your personal loan, any issues with repayment could damage your ability to secure future financing.

Lower rates with a strong personal credit score

Your personal credit history is key to qualifying for a personal loan with rates that are competitive with a business loan. While you might not have a proven business credit history, if you’ve been well organized and on time with payments in your personal life, you can leverage that credit strength to get the best rates. Be mindful that you’re likely to find shorter repayment terms with a personal loan than with a business loan.

M&T’s Business Banking Specialists are available to answer the questions you might have about the best financing options for your start-up business.

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Raising Capital

Understanding your potential business’ financial needs can help determine the funding sources that best meet those needs. Our resources will help to inform you of your next steps. Learn more about raising capital.