As a business owner, you understand the importance of having a strong financial base. This means something different to everybody, with many realizing that access to a reputable lender would be in his or her best interest.

Over the years, predatory lending has become a growing problem. This has made it more difficult to not only find the right lender, but to trust somebody to provide you with a loan that suits your every need.

With the new year on its way, you may be thinking about borrowing money in the near future. Rather than make a rash decision that could come back to harm you, now is the time to better understand the process of finding a reputable lender. Here is what you should do:

1. Make a list of national and local lenders with a good reputation for its business lending practices. It may take some time to hunt down the appropriate information, but the internet has made this much easier.

You should also speak with people in your network who have borrowed money in the past. They can point you towards a loan officer who will have your best interests in mind from start to finish.

2. Prepare yourself for the process. Many people turn to a loan shark because of the work associated with borrowing from a traditional lender. Don’t let this happen to you.

Yes, there is paperwork involved with applying for a loan. While this may take some time, it will work in your favor over the long run. A loan shark may remove this pain from the process, but you will never come out on top in the end.

3. Be ready to say no. If for any reason a lender puts you off, don’t hesitate to say no and seek another opportunity. With so many lenders to choose from, there is no point in making a decision you will regret.

With this information guiding you, it is possible to find a reputable lender for your business in 2016.

Do you have any other advice to add?

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