Kabbage is an online lending company based in Atlanta, GA. Kabbage developed an online algorithm that simplified the financing process for small businesses. When applying for a small business loan, Kabbage has in-depth knowledge of business processes, helping the borrower get faster access to their money.
Kabbage is unique in the industry because they use data from business checking accounts, payment processing, shipping data, and other e-commerce sites to reach small businesses that are looking for loans. Also, Kabbage has a high success rate: Over 80% of all Kabbage transactions come from repeat users.
If you want a small business loan from Kabbage, having a low credit score won’t necessarily knock you out of the running. Kabbage mostly looks at your current revenue (they want to see you’re making more than $50k/year) and the amount of time you’ve been in business (needs to exceed 1 year). Typical Kabbage borrowers also have a good social media presence and high amounts of inventory.
Small business loans from Kabbage are typically used for inventory purchases, system upgrades, and marketing.
- In business for over 1 year
- Making at least $50k per year
- No minimum credit score needed
Loans from Kabbage are almost like a cash advance with lower interest – they are perfect for businesses that need a little bit of cash and can pay it back in a short amount of time. You can borrow as little as $2,000 or up to $100,000 with Kabbage. Plus, Kabbage has a unique borrowing model that allows the borrower to only use what she/he needs. Even if someone is approved for a $100k loan, you only pay for what you take.
Business advances from Kabbage are set up on a short-term, manageable payment platform. The term of the loan ranges from 6 & 12 months. Benefits of the Kabbage platform include:
Pros of Kabbage Small Business Loans
- Loans are scalable and manageable
- No minimum credit score required
- Use and pay for only what you need
- Short, manageable payment plan
- Instant approval and fast access to funds
- Low Rates & Short Terms
Transparent Application Requirements
Those interested in using Kabbage can find a ton of information online without having to apply first (a commodity in the lending industry). Here is some of the information we easily found online:
- Companies need to be in business for 1 year before applying
- Companies need to be making a minimum of $50k annually
- No pre-payment penalties
- No closing fees
- No origination fees
- 4-21% interest rates
- Good Resources
Kabbage has a resources tab on their website that connects you to their blog. This site houses tons of content that businesses can access for free. Find business news, webinars, eBooks, tips, and more. Under Kabbage’s “How It Works” tab, there is a calculator that gives potential borrowers an estimation of their total payment based on the amount they plan to borrow and the length of the term. Here you can see that APR ranges from 4% to 21%. The longer you have the loan for, the higher the fees you will pay.
The average Kabbage customer utilizes their line of credit 4 times a year. This indicates that a lot of businesses are using Kabbage’s service and that the payment scale is affordable and sustainable. Also, a high number of repeat users indicates that Kabbage’s application and approval process is streamlined for small businesses. Kabbage’s application and approval platform are also very easy to use. You simply need your financial documents, a good credit score, and collateral that Kabbage can use to back your loan. If you qualify, there is an instant approval, rather than an extended waiting period.
As we mentioned earlier in this review, Kabbage’s loaning paradigm is based on the line-of-credit industry. When you apply for a loan with Kabbage, it is a short-term solution. Most Kabbage clients use their funds for short-term needs, such as equipment upgrades, purchasing inventory, or funding payroll. Kabbage does not offer traditional loans, large loans for bigger businesses, or other types of conventional funding. Another factor to consider is that Kabbage does not offer an SBA-based service. Therefore, the borrower is not included in some key SBA programs. Other limitations include:
Low Amounts of Capital
Kabbage only lends a maximum of $100k. This amount makes sense when you only have 12 months to pay back your loan. But again, it’s not a large enough sum for many businesses.
When you take out a loan with Kabbage, they state that “you personally guarantee that you will pay back your loan, but you do not have to put up any real estate or personal collateral.” In many cases, a personal guarantee means that you have to put up personal collateral. This confusing language makes it difficult to know what collateral you are really promising to Kabbage when you take out a loan.
Time to Funding
While you can be approved (or rejected) for a line of credit immediately, the number of days until you can access your funding is vague. On its website, Kabbage says it may take “several days” to see funding. A Kabbage representative said that approval can be instant unless a bank verification is needed. In that case, customers should be able to draw from their line of credit within 1-3 business days.
*Star Rating is determined by evaluating APR range, minimum credit score requirement, revenue requirement, length in business requirement, and other related approval data.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long will it take to receive funds from Kabbage?
Kabbage is able to have funds available for you to start using within approximately 1 to 3 days.
Does Kabbage require collateral with its loans?
Kabbage does require some form of personal collateral in order to receive a loan.
Does Kabbage have prepayment penalties?
The company does not have any prepayment penalties if you were to pay ahead of schedule.
Does Kabbage charge origination fees?
Kabbage does not charge an origination fee.
Does Kabbage charge closing fees?
Kabbage does not charge a closing fee.
How can I contact Kabbage?
You can contact them by visiting Kabbage’s site and filling out their loan application.
Types of Loans Offered
Lines of Credit – Up to $100,000
6- and 12-months
The Borrowing Process
Kabbage advances are small business loans but are not backed by the SBA. In fact, businesses should use Kabbage as a short-term cash advance for immediate needs, such as upgrades in inventory and equipment.
Customers apply for a loan with the correct paperwork and collateral up front Kabbage approves an advance almost instantly. Customers borrow from their advance amount using Kabbage’s website or app.
How To Apply
Kabbage is a line of credit – so even if you qualify for a $70,000 loan, you only pay when you borrow and for what you borrow.
Kabbage can see if you qualify in minutes.