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What exactly is a term loan? We’ll go over the costs, qualifications, process, use of proceeds and more to help you determine if a term loan is the best option to fund your small business growth. 


What is a Term Loan?

A traditional business term loan is a lump sum of capital that you pay back with regular repayments at a fixed interest rate over a term typically between one to five years. The “term” in “term loan” comes from its set repayment term length or when the loan goes to maturity.  Business owners often use the proceeds from a Term Loan to finance a specific, one-off investment for their small business. 

Since Term Loans have lower interest rates and come in at a great cost of capital over a longer term, many clients use Term Loans to refinance high interest debt.  As long as the borrowers credit and Debt-Coverage-Service-Ratio meets the minimum requirements, Upwise will be able secure a Term Loan for your business.

Term Loan Details

Maximum loan amount

$25K - $20M

loan term

1 - 7 Years

interest rates

5.99% - 26.99%


As Fast As 2 Days

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How Does a Business Term Loan Work?

Most business owners have heard, that term loans are one of the best products for small business owners who want to expand. Funds from a business term loan can be used in a multitude of ways to help a small business grow.

Term loans are viable options for established businesses that are showing a profit on their most recent business tax return.  No two businesses are alike and all business owners have specific capital needs.  Upwise funding specialists will be able to qualify your business for a term loan very quickly.  

With any term loan, your use of funds and credit score are the most important aspects during the underwriting process.   Business owners need to make sure their use of proceeds make sense prior to applying for a term Loan. We ask our clients to list out a breakdown, dollar for dollar on what specifically the funds will be used for before applying.  To speak with one of our term loan funding specialists regarding your business financing needs, please call 77-55-UPWISE.

Who Qualifies for a Term Loan?

Securing a Term loan is no easy task and required more paperwork than some other products offered by Upwise Marketplace.  

So how can you get one?

Plenty of businesses can qualify for a traditional term loan—as long as you’ve been in business for a bit, have a good credit score, and are reporting a profit on your most recent years business tax return.  

(See more on a term loan’s minimum qualifications below.)

Not all business term loans are the same, though: the interest rate, the length of the term, and maximum loan size depends on your business revenues and credit rating.  

Typically, most term loan banks or funders will lend up to 30% of gross annual sales reported on the most recent business tax return with no collateral attached to the loan.  In order to increase the loan amount, you can add collateral such as real estate, equipment, Inventory, and other assets to the loan.  

Since traditional term loans have longer repayment periods than short-term loans, your business’s financials and credit score are more important.

Depending on your small business’s growth needs , cash flow, personal and business credit score, revenue, EBITDA, net profit, DCSR and more, there are plenty of different term loans available on the Upwise Marketplace.

In fact, Upwise will assist you in securing business term loans with lengths and payment structures as varied as 1 year with bi-weekly payments to 5 years with monthly payments – and everything in between.

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Term Loan Requirements

Annual revenue

Over $200K

Credit Score

Over 620+

Time In business

3+ Years


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* Note: These business term loan requirements are based on previous Upwise customers and is just an average.

What Does a Term Loan Cost?

Before applying, you should know how much financing will cost you, no matter what type of financing you’re applying for.

Terms Loans are easy to figure out and calculate the amortization schedule and tend to be one of the most affordable options available.

Let’s take a look at a cost example.

Example of a Business Term Loan

Let’s say you’ve qualified for a business term loan.

In this business term loan offer, you’re borrowing $25K from a funder at a 12% interest rate and a 5-year term.

Given the longer length of that traditional term loan, you’ll most likely have a monthly payment of about $556. (Term loans can come with weekly and bi-weekly payments, too.)

That’s a predictable expense you can easily understand and plan your financials around.

Small business term loans, like other business loans, can also come with fees attached to the loan. These fees could be origination fees, underwriting fees, prepayment fees, and other fees.

Make a WISE choice with Upwise and don’t overlook fees on your loan offer with other loan brokers.  Be sure to factor in any and all small fees associated with your Term Loan in order to understand the true cost of your loan.  Upwise will make sure all fees are transparent and thoroughly explained prior to proceeding with a Term Loan.    

Breaking Down Each Term Loan Payment

Here’s the thing with business term loans: not every payment goes toward the same thing.  There is a specific amortization schedule for each term loan, with a certain portion of each payment going towards interest and principal.  

Traditional term loans amortize, which means you don’t pay equal parts interest and principal (or the amount you borrowed) from month to month. Instead, funders usually stack interest payments early on and leave your principal payments for later on in the life of your small business term loan.

That way, even if you pay your loan off early and get the rest of the interest forgiven, you’ve still paid most of it to the funder.  Make sure to ask for an amortization schedule, so you know when is the best time to pay this loan.his means that you might save less than you’d think by paying your term loan off towards the end of the loans maturity.  Most term loan funders do not have a penalty for early payoff and some Term funders offer a pre-payment discount.

However, your monthly payment is still the same amount—it’s just the proportion of interest to principal that changes.

In order to understand your Term Loan completely, make sure to ask Upwise for an amortization schedule or call our Term Loan Team at (917)-444-3959.

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Documents You'll Need to Apply

  • Completed Application
  • Driver’s License
  • Voided Business Check
  • Business Bank Statements (Last 6 Months)
  • Credit Score

You may also be requested to provide the following for larger dollar amounts over $100K:

  • Balance sheet
  • Profit & Loss Statements
  • Business Tax Returns
  • Personal Tax Returns
  • Account Receivables Report (if securing AR)
  • Inventory List (if securing inventory)

*See above for short term loan requirements. 

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No matter how much planning you do, owning a small business has it’s challenges.  For established businesses showing a profit, you can tap into term loan funds if you have a good plan of what you’re using the money for.  When time is money, a business term loan can get you financing in just a few days.

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