Many people say that it is “bad” to borrow money, more specifically take out a loan because they know that borrowing money from banks and other non-traditional lenders entails repayment terms where the interest rate is usually excessive. Because lending is business and it is other people’s bread and butter, we cannot always expect to find a lending institution offering an affordable interest rate for everyone.
But while there are downsides to borrowing money from these lenders, there are also good sides to it, especially amidst this trying time when we are faced with too much financial uncertainty due to the many crises around the globe. Certain financial situations require people to borrow money because it is the easiest way to resolve financial trouble. The reasons could be for emergency purposes, investments, retirements, etc.
If you are thinking of having additional funds by borrowing money, better think twice and understand the things that you should consider:
What is your purpose for borrowing money?
Having loans and debts can be scary for many people. From application to the preparation of requirements to the actual processing of a loan, these will cause you stress. Not to mention the pressure you need to face when dealing with interests and complying with the terms of payment and other conditions you agreed upon with the lender. However, loans and debts can be good if you put them to good use. When you borrow money to increase productivity for your business, that is a great idea. But when you borrow money for an impulsive purchase or to feed a lavish lifestyle, then you are in deep trouble for taking out a loan. Make the best decision when borrowing money. Apart from being a responsible borrower by making sure you pay your debts on or before the due date, you must also be a wise spender by having a solid plan on how you will use the money you borrowed.
Are you aware of your credit history?
Do you have a good grasp of your credit standing? Your credit history and score will determine if you qualify for the loan you want. Most lenders, especially banks will reject your application if you fail to prove that you have a good credit score. Check your credit history before you apply for a loan and make sure that the data is accurate. If you see discrepancies, fix them immediately. You can always request a copy of your credit report online for free from accredited credit bureaus. If you have bad credit, your option to be qualified for a loan can be a guarantor or prepare for collateral.
Will you get a good return on the money you borrowed?
If you intend to put the funds into the business, you need to ensure that you will get a good return out of any venture you have in mind. Make sure that you have a projection on how to increase the revenue so that it suffices for the payment of your debt while also having additional income growth. On the other hand, if you are borrowing money for personal purposes like education, home renovation, or buying a new car; better think about how you can generate other income resources to cover the repayment.