As mentioned in the first of this two-part series, most businesses deleveraged during what I call the Main Street economy’s Lost Decade — 2007-2016. That means they paid off debt and didn’t add any.
So those folks — possibly you — can be forgiven if they’re a little rusty at asking a bank for a business loan. But as the current economic expansion picks up, and you need growth capital to respond to the new opportunity, it’d be handy to brush up on some banking skills.
Last time, I revealed the first three of six loan request questions. Getting comfortable asking for or discovering the answers will improve your chances of getting a loan approval. In case you forgot, the first three are: Who decides? What do they need? How do they want it? Now for the other three.