Owning a business takes planning, confidence, and a workable plan. It also takes income to get the business started and to continue running it. With the variables that exist in business you might want to use the resources available to you in order to make it successful. One resource you have is the business loan calculator. This calculator is not much different from a mortgage calculator other than it is based on businesses, so it has a couple of additional options to test out how much your loan might be.
If you are looking to see how much of a business loan you can afford then you want to use the business loan calculator available online. The first thing the calculator will need is the loan amount. This amount can be changed as you examine your various options. The interest rate, loan term, start date, and results can also be selected. For example, the “show results” tab can be based on yearly or monthly results.
To show you how the calculator works we have come up with an example. Since this is a small business we have used $250,000 as your start up amount. The interest rate is 6.5 percent right now for excellent credit loans. This could change and you probably want to test out a couple of interest rates to determine what is affordable. A loan term for a business loan can be as much as 30, so we’ll start there, with a start date of July for the business loan.
When you hit the calculate button on these factors you find out your monthly payment will be $1,580. You will pay out $318,800 in interest over the 30 year period with a total of $568,800 spent on the loan. The pay off date would be July 2040 if you left it at 30 years. As the loan ages, you will pay more in the principle then in interest because the principle eventually becomes reduced, so per year there is not as much interest to add to the loan.
Most individuals when they go for a business loan or any loan look to see if they can afford the monthly payments. It is certainly an important point. If you cannot pay the monthly payment the loan would default. However, you may want to examine other aspects of the loan. In our example the loan was for a quarter million dollars, but at the end of 30 years it became a half million dollars. It means you doubled the amount you doubled due to the interest.
You could cut down on this amount by searching for the lowest interest rate you can find. You can also provide a down payment on your business, so that you do not have to get such a large loan. Furthermore, you could pay the loan off before it actually comes to the 30 year fixed term. This way you pay more on the principle thus paying less in interest. This is all based on whether you could actually afford the business loan.