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Lending Club

Lending nearly $11 billion since 2007, Lending Club is one of the world's largest online funders. Today, they offer business loans, personal loans, auto-refinancing, and patient solutions. Compared to traditional and other alternative loaning programs, Lending Club operates at a lower cost, giving borrowers access to a lower APR.

Typical Lending Club Borrowers

The typical Lending Club borrower has an average credit score of 620 with a revenue of around $75,000 per year. Typically, these companies are fairly mature with having over two years of business.

Best Uses

Small business loans from Lending Club are normally used for standard business needs, like inventory purchases, working capital, marketing, or system upgrades.

Minimum Qualifications

  • 620 credit score
  • Two years in business
  • $75,000 in yearly revenue

The Good

  • Low application requirements
  • Flexible terms
  • Low rates

Transparent and Low Application Requirements

The 'two years in business' requirement that Lending Club has is standard for bank loans, SBA loans, and even alternative lenders. However, the company's '$75k in annual revenue' requirement is much lower than some other lenders. This allows smaller businesses (that may not qualify for standard business loans) to take out a loan with Lending Club. Lending Club does not provide a minimum credit score for applications on their website because they don't want borrowers to be deterred. In an email to BestCompany, a Lending Club representative wrote that they generally recommend a credit score of 620 or higher, although there is no rule. Someone with a lower score may still be approved if they exceed other benchmarks.

Flexible Terms

Borrowers can select loan terms from one to five years. These term lengths are longer than many of their competitor's options. Longer terms allow business owners to take out more money at once for big purchases such as equipment purchasing or expansion. And, even with the longer term lengths, there are never any prepayment penalties or closing fees with Lending Club business loans.

Low Rates

Interest rates for Lending Club's business loans range from 5.9 percent - 25.9 percent. APR for a $100,000 loan over one year comes up to $0.32 on the dollar. These costs are slightly below industry averages and better for the borrower.

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The Bad

  • Fees
  • Long terms only

Fees

Depending upon your initial loan rate, there will be a loan origination fee deducted from your principal. Lending Club's business loan origination fee ranges from 0.99 percent-6.99 percent. The loan offer you select will explicitly state the origination fee.

Long Terms Only

Some borrowers may want the long term loans that Lending Club offers (one to five years). However, other business may be seeking shorter terms (in months). For the latter, you can take out a one year loan and pay it back early with no prepayment penalties. Additionally, Lending Club also offers a Line-of-Credit product that may be better suited to short term financing needs.

The Bottom Line

Overall, Lending Club business loan origination fees increase the total cost of the loan, which decreases the amount available to the borrower. We suspect that higher-risk customers may pay a higher interest rate, since no collateral is required for Lending Club's unsecured loan product, but this practice is typical of lenders and investors. These loans are more affordable than many other alternative lenders, have low borrowing requirements, and do not come with prepayment penalties. Additionally, customers who need fast access to funds may choose Lending Club, as borrowers may get funds in as few as 7 days. We recommend using Lending Club to take out a business loan. Visit Site

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    9

    November 24th, 2016

    Best customer service out of all the companies I spoke with. They provided me with great help and I couldn't have asked for better people. I needed help to get my business off the ground and they were able to do that for me.

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