Small-Business funding and loans

How to Get a Business Loan

If your business has been trading for 6 to 12 months and has an annual turnover of R1 million or more, you could be eligible for small-business funding. Hippo’s Business Loans comparison tool offers finance options from banks and alternative funding providers.

It’s completely free to use, and it all happens online. Simply answer some questions about your business and we will match your business’s needs to the correct finance product for your SME.

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Trade Finance

If your business is involved in importing or exporting, trade finance could be used to secure inventory or raw materials.

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Equipment Finance

Equipment finance could assist with purchasing new equipment. This type of finance has implications on cash flow, tax and VAT.

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Unsecured Term Loans

Unsecured term loans do not require security and are based on the cash flow and profitability of your business. These are generally short-term loans with higher interest rates.

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Secured Term Loans

Secured loans require collateral, often in the form of property or a debtors book. These are medium term finance arrangements, with lower interest rates.

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An overdraft is a finance option offered by banks. This allows small businesses to business to borrow money, up to a limit, in their account, and pay interest on the credit.

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Revolving Credit

Revolving credit is offered by both banks and alternative lenders, and can be secured or unsecured. The borrower can pay back or draw down as required and pays interest on the funds borrowed.

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Debtor Finance

If you have a large debtors book with cash tied up, debtor finance may be an option to increase cash flow for your business. The value of the finance offered is based almost entirely on the value of your debtors book.

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Merchant Cash Advances

Merchant Finance can be offered to businesses who accept payment via a card terminal. The value of the loan offered, and the repayment structure, is based on the monthly revenue of the business.

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Purchase Order Funding

Purchase order funding can be used when a business has received a large order, but does not have capital to fulfill the order

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Property Backed Loan

A property back loan uses a business’s property as security. This allows businesses to free up equity in fixed assets, and can be a term loan or a revolving finance facility.

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