Most small business houses face the challenge of finance in the future. If you take a look at financial institutions and banks, they have been designed and built to provide services to large business houses. Their system and process for loan application have been designed for evaluating risks of big business with diverse resources.
The issues of data collection for business loans
Small businesses face problems due to data collection. The information collected is not consistent as three major credit bureaus are delivering and deciphering the creditworthiness of the candidate. There is an underwriting process that needs a lot of data and information when it comes to ascertaining the creditworthiness of the applicant. The process of underwriting needs data about the revenue of a small business. The process also needs to know about the history of borrowing of the candidate and the lines of credit. The time spent when it comes to collecting that data and information is endless and takes long.
Several money lenders will use the personal credit of a small business owner as a symbol of risk for the business as well. These money lenders resort to scoring models for individual candidates and large businesses. This process again deploys a lot of system override and judgment. In short, the small business owner for a loan has to jump into many hoops and before you know it, he is generally caught in one of them.
The above is just the process that a small business owner faces with one money lender. If you multiply that by five lenders, he will be juggling with shopping rates making the loan application process a long one. The money lenders also need to get hold of different information for every applicant. This makes the process of applying for a loan hard for every small business owner as they fail to understand how they can improve their chances of finding a loan. The result is these business owners face themselves stuck in hoops of credit madness. This results in them using the same techniques for generating different outcomes hardly realizing why they are resorting to them.
What are the options for small business finance in the future?
Traditional money lenders are a great option for a small business. However, this would mean they need to develop a system to evaluate a small business by setting standards that are specific to their resources and size. Here, the applicant and the lending institution must make changes to their scoring models by automating the collection of data and streamlining the process for funding. This again will lead to a great level of success say esteemed money lending institutions in the nation like Liberty Lending US. Today, alternate finance provides a window for business loans that traditional lenders hope in the future to become.
Here they would need to create systems to evaluate a small business with standards that are specific to their resources and size. The following are some forms of alternative finance options for small businesses-
- Online lending- The process of online lending is the same as banks. However, the product here is more streamlined. These online loans generally have a qualifying criterion that is less stringent over banks. This applies to credit rating, tenure, and revenue. The process is established on online platforms that permit funding and application in the same field. This means there are lesser reviews and improved accessibility. Online lenders will reduce the wait time for qualification for the business loan. They assess a lot of data over credit history and applicants do not need to apply for extensive collateral. Some online lenders have an application process that is streamlined. They focus on data connections that are live in order to assess the business performance of a company in real-time rather than credit score. This gives small businesses the chance to use their lines of credit for the approval of the loan. Benefits are also highlighted for applicants. They can maintain the control as well as equity of their business. They get the chance to keep their personal finances separate. They can also avoid separating those that are close to them as they get access to funds via a third party.
- Crowdfunding- This is another alternate platform for getting a small business loan. Here, there is online pitching where the owners of small businesses have to convince others that their businesses are worth an investment. The process of crowdfunding entails people asking others to invest in a certain product, business or a campaign. The funds do not have to be paid directly. Here, owners of small businesses may offer a free version of the product or a specific percentage of the future revenue expected.
- Invoice Factoring- Invoice factoring is another alternate funding process for small businesses. Here, the process involves outstanding invoices over the credit history of the business. In this process, the company that specializes in invoice factoring buys the unpaid invoices of the business at a discounted price. This places the focus on the ability of the customer to pay over the small business. The process of invoice factoring is generally streamlined, and it allows the company to attach all the invoices they want to be funded. The owners of small businesses often see the rebates on the same day. Another advantage of invoice factoring is paperwork is reduced. This means the process is faster and you get the funds you need for the development of your small business!
Therefore, when it comes to applying for alternate finance for small business loans, applicants can resort to the above forms of alternate finance. They are simple and more streamlined over conventional bank loans. Moreover, they are quicker to apply for, and the criteria for application is not stringent like that of conventional loans. Apply for them and get the much- needed financial support you need for your small business. Loan application does not have to be a hassle some anymore!
CBN Gov Approves Charter On Ease Of Doing Business
Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr Olayemi Cardoso, has approved the CBN’s reviewed Service Charter.
A statement from the CBN, midweek, said the service charter is a requirement of the Business Facilitation Act 2022 for driving the ease of doing business in Nigeria.
“It also enables the Bank to fully comply with the directives of SERVICOM Nigeria (The Presidency) on improvement of customer service delivery.
“The charter outlines how the bank promises to work with its external customers in meeting their expectations of service along with what the Bank expects from them”, according to the statement.
It stated that the Governor reiterated the Bank’s commitment to providing more responsive and citizen-friendly governance through quality service delivery that is efficient, accountable and transparent.
According to the CBN, “The document clearly outlines the Bank’s mandates, vision, mission, and core values. It contains the list of services offered by the Bank through its various departments and the service standards for each service.
“The service charter also includes a standardised Customer Complaints Form for reporting service failure as well as a mechanism for addressing service failure in any of the Bank’s services”.
Bayelsa, NCDMB Task Youths On Skills Acquisition, Opportunities
The Bayelsa State Government has charged youths across the Niger Delta states to leverage on skills acquired to eke out a meaningful living.
The State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, gave the charge Tuesday in Yenagoa, the state capital, at the Youth session of the 2023 edition of the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) annual Practical Nigerian Content (PNC) programme.
Diri, represented by the State Commissioner for Youths and Sports, Dr Bralate Daniel Igali, noted that though conventional education is needed in most cases to enable job seekers get better placements in organisations, skill acquisition is inevitable in the contemporary world.
He tasked the youths not to relent in self development, noting that as participants in the fora organized for their development, youths must not just be listeners and participants, but should seize those opportunities to make judicious use of their potentials.
“Over the years, youths have participated in several empowerment and vocational training programmes, but it seems many aren’t taking such opportunities seriously.
“As youths, you must endeavour to make maximum use of knowledge and skills acquired to develop yourself and become a responsibly, productive citizen.
“I charge you not only to be listeners and participants in the lectures and training the NCDMB and others would be giving you today as part of their 2023 PNC programme, but to strive to derive the greatest benefit from it”, Governor Diri said.
Earlier in his opening remarks, the Executive Secretary, NCDMB, Engr. Simbi Kesiye Wabote, called on youths to take advantage of the various empowerment and employment opportunities made available by the board.
Represented by the General Manager, Corporate Communication and Zonal Coordination of the NCDMB, Mrs Angela Okoro, Wabote stated that the rationale behind the forum was to inform youths about activities of the board, noting that the annual programme enables participants benefit from various opportunities provided in the oil and gas sector.
He called on participants to register on the NCDMB’s NOGIC JQS portal to be qualified for training, contracts and other available opportunities.
In her presentation on the prospects of the ongoing NLNG Train-7 project, the Coordination Lead of the Project, Dr. Rachael Tamunoso Ibibam, said there were numerous opportunities in the project.
She said the Train-7 Project comes with new development opportunities that will generate about 12,000 jobs and increase Nigeria’s revenue earnings, as well as provide sufficient LPGs for the local Nigerian market, noting also that the project is 54% completed.
“I want to commend the NCDMB for promoting and encouraging Nigerian businesses. I would like to call on you, participating youths in this forum, to register with the NCDMB as vendors to be qualified to execute contracts in the Train-7 project”, she said.
Delivering a paper on conflict management skills at the programme, a Resource Person, Dr. Patterson Ogon, called for collaborative efforts between and amongst individuals to resolve conflict at home and in the workplaces.
By: Ariwera Ibibo-Howells, Yenagoa
Five Multinationals Exit Nigeria In 10 Months
An analysis of separate notices filed by five multinational firms has shown that the five multinationals have winded down operations in Nigeria in the last 10 months.
On Wednesday, Consumer goods giant, Procter & Gambles, disclosed that it would dissolve on-ground operations in the country.
Chief Financial Officer of the group, Andre Schulten, stated this during his presentation at the Morgan Stanley Global Consumer and Retail Conference.
The company said it was difficult to do business in Nigeria as a dollar-denominated organisation and the macro-economic reality in Nigeria is responsible for its latest strategic decision.
Schulten said, “The other reality that arises in some of these markets is that it gets increasingly difficult to operate and create U.S dollar value.
“So, when you think about places like Nigeria and Argentina, it is difficult for us to operate because of the macro-economic environment.
“So, with that in mind, we are announcing a restructuring programme with the intent to adjust the operating model and adjust the portfolio to ensure that we maintain the portfolio discipline that has brought us to this point.
“The restructuring programme will largely focus on Nigeria and Argentina. We’ve announced that we will turn Nigeria into an import-only market, effectively dissolving our footprint on the ground in Nigeria and reverting to an import-only model”.
The company joins a growing list of multinationals set to exit Nigeria in 2023, following the footsteps of Unilever, which is the first Multinational to announce that it would fold up operations in Nigeria in 2023.
In March, the company had said changes in its business meant it had to exit its home care and skin cleansing categories from Nigeria.
The announcement meant that famous brands such as Omo, Sunlight and Lux, which many Nigerians had become accustomed to, would no longer be on retail shelves.
The company’s decision to end production in Nigeria is connected to increased financial difficulties occasioned by the continued devaluation of the naira, among others.
President of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), Francis Meshioye, told The Tide’s source that some international manufacturing firms had already exited Nigeria as a result of the power crisis, coupled with the unpredictability of the country’s foreign exchange rate before it was recently unified.
He said the N144bn spent on alternative energy sources by manufacturers in 2022 impacted adversely on the operations of his members.
In July, barely a month after Meshioye’s warning, GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Nigeria Plc, the country’s second-biggest drug producer, announced it was halting manufacturing operations in Nigeria.
According to a statement published on the Nigeria Exchange, GSK Plc (Headquartered in the UK), which owns a majority stake in the Nigerian unit, said it will appoint third-party distributors to sell its prescription medicines and vaccines in the country.
GSK’s consumer-health arm, Haleon Plc, also informed GSK Nigeria of its “intent to terminate its distribution agreement in the coming months” and appoint a third-party distributor.
GSK also said it planned “an accelerated cash distribution and return of capital” to minority shareholders.
No reason was given for the company’s exit, though the company had in the past raised concerns about the scarcity of forex which made it difficult to maintain supplies of its pharmaceutical and vaccine products in Nigeria.
Last month, Sanofi, a French pharmaceutical multinational, announced its exit from Nigeria.
The company said it had appointed a third-party distributor to handle its commercial portfolio of medicines from February 2024.
While the company’s Country Manager, Folake Odediran, had described the decision as a strategic move driven by the company’s commitment to continually improve access to medicines, the company’s financials indicated that operating in Nigeria had been a tall order.
Shortly after Sanofi’s announcement, Bolt Food announced that it had made the difficult decision to discontinue its food delivery operations in Nigeria due to business reasons.
According to a statement by the company, the decision was borne out of the need to “streamline its resources and maximise overall efficiency”.
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