What do I need to get a business loan? 


Obtaining a business loan can be a crucial step in securing funding for your business’s growth and success. Whether you’re starting a new venture or looking to expand an existing one, understanding what you need for a business loan is essential for a successful loan application process.  

So, you can get a head start on the process, let’s take a look at some of the key requirements and documents that are typically needed to successfully apply for a business loan. 


Like a regular mortgage, business loans will come with a lot of paperwork, and you will need to take some time to dig out a number of documents to provide to the lender before they even decide whether you’re suitable to give a loan to. 

This includes several months’ worth of bank statements, so you can show a record of your business’s cashflow, some personal identification like passports or driver’s license’s, to verify your identity, as well as personal financial information, such as personal bank statements and personal tax returns. This is particularly for small businesses or startups where personal and business finances may be closely intertwined. 

As business loans are usually set up differently and have different terms when compared to a regular mortgage, you will also need to provide evidence proving that your business is legitimate and has an appropriate legal structure before they can begin the process. Typically, you will need to show a number of documents, such as registration documents, license’s & permits, and partnership agreements. 

On top of all these documents, you will obviously need to have a loan proposal too. A loan proposal is a formal document that outlines the purpose of the loan, the amount requested, the repayment terms, and the potential benefits to the business. It should also include a detailed explanation of how the loan will be used and repaid. A well-prepared loan proposal demonstrates your understanding of your business’s financial needs and your ability to manage the loan effectively. 

Keep in mind that all lenders have varying requirements, so the number of documents you will need will vary from lender to lender, meaning you may need more documents or less, however this is a good indicator of the types of documents you’ll require. 

Other Requirements 

Now that you have all of your documents collected and ready, you need to be aware of some of the other things that may be required for you to successfully apply for a loan for your business. While many requirements would be accepted in document form, they are not usually required to be, and there is some more room for flexibility. 

One such requirement is a business plan which outlines your business’s goals, strategies, financial projections, and other key details. Lenders often require a well-prepared business plan to assess the viability of your business and its ability to generate revenue to repay the loan. 

While not something you will need to provide to the lender, a good credit history plays a significant role in the loan approval process. Lenders assess your creditworthiness by reviewing your credit reports and scores. It’s important to maintain a good credit history by making timely payments, managing debts responsibly, and avoiding defaults or bankruptcies. 

Depending on the nature of your business, lenders may also require industry and market analysis to understand the dynamics and potential risks associated with your industry. This analysis helps lenders assess the viability of your business and its ability to compete and thrive in the market. 

With this information, you should already be more prepared for your business loan application. You also need to be aware that the requirements will vary from lender to lender, so to be fully prepared, speak with the Glass Financial team today. 

We have expert knowledge of the process and can let you know exactly what you need for your application, so the entire process is as smooth and quick as possible. 

Speak with the Glass team today on 1300 245 277 or send an email to [email protected]  

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