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Is a debt consolidation loan right for your struggling business?

While every business owner has the goal of ensuring for a healthy profit margin, there are sometimes circumstances outside of one's control that force a business to take on more debt and operate in the red. For a business owner, taking on too much debt can quickly upset what may already by a tenuous financial balance and eventually result in a business owner being forced to make some tough decisions.

For businesses that qualify, a debt consolidation loan may be obtained from either a nonprofit or private lender. These loans work by essentially fronting a business owner the funds he or she needs to pay off unsecured creditors. Additionally, a consolidation loan means that all of a business' debts are rolled into one lump sum the payments of which are often much easier to keep track of and manage.

It's important to note that debt consolidation loans are just one option for business owners and also one piece of the puzzle for ultimately getting a business out of debt. In addition to consolidating business debts, a business owner would also be wise to cut operational costs and put any unnecessary expenditures on hold.

While debt consolidation loans can provide immediate and much-needed relief, in some cases they are simply a temporary fix and a business continues to struggle financially. Additionally, these types of loans often come with high interest rates which, in some cases, may negate any cost savings and can also make them challenging to pay off.

Business owners who are struggling with debt problems would be wise to face these problems head on. Relying on the hope that business will pick up next month or that a slow economy will turn around can exacerbate existing debt problems. It's important, therefore to seek the advice and assistance of an attorney who handles debt restructuring matters.

Source: Inc., "How to Consolidate Your Business Debt," Jared Hecht, Oct. 16, 2014

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