Secured Business Loans
When business owners look for small business loans, one of the first decisions they’ll make is whether a secured loan is a better option for them than an unsecured loan. Understanding the differences will allow you to find the type of funding that is best for your business.
Secured business loans are loans that are “secured” by some asset (e.g. equipment or property) as collateral for the loan, which then becomes a secured debt owed to the creditor who gives the loan. Unsecured business loans are not protected by any collateral. If you default on the loan, the lender can't automatically take your property.
Collateral for Secured Business Loans
Any kind of collateral needed to secure a loan must be something of significant value. The small business lender will be looking for the borrower to provide an asset with enough monetary value to recoup any losses should the loan go into default. Borrowers can offer a number of different assets up as collateral for a secured small business loan. The following are some of the most common options:
Real estate assets
Stocks and other investments
It's important to remember that using collateral to secure a loan creates a risk of losing that asset. If default happens, the lender can seize the asset and sell it to make up their losses. The lender can also seek further monetary recompense if the asset does not cover all of the outstanding debt. This is why it's essential to consider all your loan options, both secured and unsecured.
Secured Business Loans vs. Unsecured Business Loans
CollateralCollateral is required with a secured business loan.
CollateralUnsecured loans do not require any collateral or security from the borrower.
Interests, Terms & AmountTypically longer-term and often with lower interest. Amount of loan depends on the value of the collateral.
Interests, Terms & AmountTypically shorter-term or revolving (such as a line of credit). Rarely exceed $50,000, but can be open-ended if a line of credit.
ApprovalBetter odds of approval as the collateral makes the loan much less risky for the lender.
ApprovalOdds of approval depend on application details.
Funding SpeedRequires an appraisal of the assets used to secure the funding, which can take several days or weeks.
Funding SpeedCan skip the appraisal process and often fund within a few business days.
Headway Capital Business Loans
Headway Capital offers unsecured business lines of credit up to $50,000 and secured business lines of credit up to $100,000. Our online application is simple to fill out and you could receive your funds within one business day of approval. Plus, there's no need to reapply when you need extra funds. As you pay back your outstanding balance, that credit becomes available to draw.
Business line of credit
12, 18 or 24 months
No Hidden Fees
See our Rates & Terms for details
Weekly or monthly
Clear payment terms, interest does not compound, no penalty for early payoff
1We will not perform a hard credit pull until after you have submitted the application and signed the contract.