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The Cost of Short-term loans vs Long-term loans

Term loan agreements involve a lump sum of capital being deposited directly into a business’s bank account from a lender. The funds are then paid back, with the interest accumulated, within an agreed timeframe.
Short-term business loans are typically granted to businesses within a repayment period ranging from 1 to 18 months. The process of applying for a short-term loan is relatively fast, and funds can be transferred within a comparatively short notice period.
In contrast, long-term loans are paid off over an extended period of between 18 months to 20 years. Although the most noticeable difference between these two types of loan agreements is the length of time in which the repayment is made, there are further factors that a borrower needs to consider when comparing the two options. A long-term loan, more often than not, results in a higher total accumulated repayment amount.
Due to the relatively quick application and approval process coupled with the swift transfer of funds, a short-term loan allows businesses to minimize potential opportunity costs that could potentially occur while waiting for a long-term loan to be approved.
An opportunity cost refers to the potential benefit sacrificed when a business does not go forward with a potentially beneficial prospect.
Under many circumstances, when utilized correctly, a short-term loan can be a more affordable and viable solution for a business requiring funding. The lower interest rate and the extended repayment periods of long-term loans are not the only factors to consider when choosing between these two funding plans.

The most notable benefits of opting for short-term loans include:

  • Accessibility: They are much easier to obtain than long-term loans
  • Speed: The application process and transfer of funds is quicker
  • Ease of application: The application forms required are easy to compete
  • Choice: There are relatively more alternative financiers willing to enter into short-term loan agreements than long-term loan agreements

CorpFin advances short-term loans to companies requiring capital to finance additional products for business growth. For example, an under-capitalised filling station may need interim financing to increase its inventory holding levels to maximise monthly sales and profits.
The loan is usually settled from resultant increased sales margins or replaced with traditional long-term financing.
Contact us today for any queries regarding the most suitable funding option for your business or apply online by filling out our 5-minute application form.
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