3 crucial questions to ask yourself before taking out equipment finance

Published on June 15th, 2020
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Bill Tsouvalas
Bill Tsouvalas is the managing director and a key company spokesperson at Savvy. As a personal finance expert, he often shares his insights on a range of topics, being featured on leading news outlets including News Corp publications such as the Daily Telegraph and Herald Sun, Fairfax Media publications such as the Australian Financial Review, the Seven Network and more. Bill has over 15 years of experience working in the finance industry and founded Savvy in 2010 with a vision to provide affordable and accessible finance options to all Australians. He has built Savvy from a small asset finance brokerage into a financial comparison website which now attracts close to 2 million Aussies per year and was included in the BRW’s Fast 100 in 2015 as one of the fastest-growing companies in the country. He’s passionate about helping Australians make financially savvy decisions and reviews content across the brand to ensure its accuracy. You can follow Bill on LinkedIn.
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Questions to ask before equipment finance

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What type of equipment you will need?

This may seem like a no brainer, but it is vital to know what type of equipment you will need. This means making a list of every piece of equipment, no matter how minuscule it is, that will help you get the job done. Writing things can also help you get a clear picture of what is needed and how much money will be needed to finance your equipment.

This will be the opportune time to check whether you will be better off buying your equipment as new, used, or leased. Each option has its own benefits which are why it is vital to compare your options to know which one will work best for your business. Getting a second opinion in the form of a financial advisor can also come in handy when you want to make an informed decision.

Have you carefully analysed your finance options?

When looking for a savvy way to finance your equipment needs you will be grateful to find that you are spoilt for choice. However, with so much choice things can get confusing really quickly. The last thing you want is choosing a finance option that can destroy your cash flow. Speaking to a financial advisor or a broker can help you find a commercial loan that is suitable for your business.

Researching the best finance option is also important. You can compare various loan features such as the interest rate, loan term, ongoing fees, and charges to see if it will be suitable for your business's cash flow. Finding a loan that comes with features such as a low rate can also make replacing equipment easier.

A survey by Commbank revealed that 38.6% of businesses that turned over $500 million or more stated that a low interest rate on their loan was more likely going to positively influence them on replacing their current equipment. The interest rate on your loan can make a huge difference when it comes to the bottom line of your business. Therefore, it is vital to check and compare your options before deciding.

Are you getting a financier that understands your business?

How you manage your finances has a huge influence on the success of your businesses. Choosing the wrong finance option can eventually lead to the closing of your business as this can impact your cash flow and possibly lead to a debt spiral.

According to Fundera, 20% of small businesses fail in their first year, 30% of small businesses fail in their second year and 50% of small businesses fail after five years in business with one of the contributing factors being financing. Getting a finance company that understands your profession is important. Furthermore, finding a financier that understands that your business is not the same as the next can also play a vital part in finding financing that is suitable for your budget.

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