9 Tips To Help New Businesses Get Approved For Equipment Leasing

Are you a start up business needing an equipment lease? Equipment leasing is now available for new businesses as well as well established businesses. Roughly 30% of businesses get their equipment through some kind of Knowledge = Powerequipment leasing service. The kind of flexibility that comes with equipment leasing is hard to match with any other way of getting equipment for your business. Here are nine tips to consider when obtaining an equipment lease for your small business:

    1. Think about how long you will be using the equipment.  Is this a piece of equipment that will become obsolete quickly?  Or one that you can go 10 years without having to update it.
    2. Do you have a business plan?  Leasing companies love giving startups a chance but they want to know what kind of experience you have.   Make sure you really emphasize your experience, and successes in the industry you are going into.
    3. Where are you buying your equipment? Many equipment salespeople have their own equipment leasing brokers that they work with. Unfortunately not all brokers can finance a startup business. Allowing their broker to pull your credit then tell them they don’t finance startups will only hurt your credit. Before you fill out their leasing application, make sure their leasing broker can accommodate your special needs.
    4. Setting up your business. Make sure you have your location locked down!  Especially if you have equipment that will need to be installed and put together at your location.  We have approved people who are still negotiating leases, but as a startup, you want to make the leasing company know you are serious about your new venture.  Also many leasing companies will do a site inspection of your location before making the final payment to your equipment vendor.
    5. Talk with your leasing broker about what kind of options are available to your business once the lease is over. Can you buy the equipment outright? Is there a clause for continuing the lease?
    6. Think about what kind of options you have when it comes to vendors. Should you go through a leasing company? Make sure that you are shopping around for the best deal.
    7. Shop around for the best price on your equipment. Don’t be afraid of used equipment, many businesses don’t realize that equipment leasing can be used to purchase used or refurbished equipment. As long as its still in good condition and has retained some value, an equipment leasing company can finance it.
    8. If you are buying equipment that will lose its value fairly quickly then you should tell your broker up front that you don’t plan on buying the equipment at the end of the lease. That way they can structure it so that you get to use the equipment while it still has value, but you can return it to the leasing company at the end of your term, or get the newest versions of your particular equipment.
    9. Finally, make sure that you have truly gone over your budget. You want to make sure that not only can you afford your equipment lease, but you have working capital. As a startup, I’m sure you are well aware of the fact that finding financing is a bit more difficult than for an established business. You must plan with the though in mind that you will not be able to secure a working capital loan until you have at least 2 years time in business. Leasefunders.com has two working capital loans available to startups with good credit (700 and above on all 3 credit bureaus.


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7 thoughts on “9 Tips To Help New Businesses Get Approved For Equipment Leasing

  1. #4 really hit ‘home’ with me. My original plan was to launch our fashion magazine from my basement. We quickly realized, thanks to Leasefunders, space constraints would hinder our business. We needed room to not only print, but to also write and photograph.

  2. Number 8 is great advice. We thought we had our ducks in a row but Leasefunders pointed that out to us and saved us a lot of headaches.

  3. First – great company and great site – they really saved us a lot time and money when we started out. Like others, our credit was good but the banks still didn’t want to touch us. Now, on one of your points above – refurbished equipment is smart way to go. Usually good as new and often with the same warranties as new.

  4. YES! Start with a good business plan. Check it and re-check it. Have someone else with experience check it.

  5. I wouldn’t say that the type of equipment we use for our business go obsolete quickly, but the real reason why we want to lease our equipment is because if our business grows at our projected rate, we will have to move within a year. Equipment and moving doesn’t mix well. You always end up breaking stuffs and even when they don’t break, it’s really not beneficial to add the stress of the move to the equipment. I really wanted to get our own equipment to get things started, but it may be a wiser decision to start with leased ones for now.

  6. Hi Ryan, Well with leasing you can move without worries! You can ask your vendor to include a service contract with sale of your new equipment. The service contract can be included in your lease and if there is damage, you can contact the vendor you purchased it from for repairs. So don’t let your move hold you back!

    Its great hearing your business is growing rapidly!
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