Benefits of Leasing Equipment For Small Business Owners

Many small businesses or those which are starting up prefer leasing equipment rather than buying the equipment outright. Banks have also recognized this trend and they are now giving loans to small businesses. Today, leasing equipment is a common trend for business owners. We have been proving leasing services for many years to small business owners and those businesses which are starting up to ensure that they are able to use business equipment which they cannot afford to buy. There are many benefits which a business owner gets by leasing equipment at any stage of development as illustrated below:

There is minimal cash outlay for equipment leasing!

When your business requires many computers, buying them requires you to have large capital outlay and reduces your cash flow. In addition, the cost of maintenance & repairing them will be high. By leasing our equipment you will be able to conserve cash from your business and improve your cash flow capital. Equipment leasing services does not include servicing the leased equipment in case they fail therefore you will save both maintenance and purchasing equipment at the end of equipment lease.

Overcoming budgetary limitations!

If you have a small budget that is not enough for buying new business equipment especially if you are starting up a business, leasing can be the best option for your business start-up. Operating budgets tend to be more flexible than a capital budget and we can ensure that our leasing terms are flexible as required by law and also negotiable depending on your business needs. Moreover, our leasing terms are better than standard bank loans thus making payment even more better and flexible.

Avoidance of obsolescence!

Obsolescence is among the major problem which many businesses face because the technology changes from year to year. However leasing equipment allows your businesses to develop since our lease terms can be structured in a way that can handle these changes. Therefore, your business will have a solution to the equipment which depreciates quickly. Plus our leasing terms makes it easier to add or upgrade technology in order to meet the ever changing needs of your business.

Speed!

Sometime buying some equipment may involve a lot of documentation thus making the whole process to take long period of time before it is completed. However, this is not the case with equipment leasing. Leasing allows you to respond quickly to new opportunities with little documentation & red tape. Equipment leasing companies can approve applications within a few hours.

Flexible in terms of options!

When you lease equipment for your business, you will have three options at the end of the term: you can opt to return the equipment, extend the lease for an additional period of time or can purchase the equipment from the leasing company at the end of lease term. These options are not available when you buy your own business equipment.

Tax benefits!

Equipment lease rental payments might be fully tax deductible and can come out of your business funds before they’re taxed. If you buy new machines from your working capital, it means that you are using money that you have already paid taxes on. Therefore, this means that by leasing equipment, the total cost of ownership can be lowered for your business.

Considering the above benefits of leasing equipment, it is not surprising that more and more businesses which are starting up businesses and are getting equipment leasing services. The benefits of leasing are not only for businesses which are starting up but also for those businesses large and small that can benefit from equipment leasing.

How to Get the Most From a Business Counselor

The one trait all successful business owners have in common is that they ask for help when they need it. And the good news is help is readily available. You can find a business counselor or coach in just about any location not far from you and sessions are often at no charge, especially if you’re planning to start a business.

Whether you see a business counselor through a free service or choose a fee-based business coach, here are some tips counselors and coaches want you to know to get the most from their sessions.

1. Come with something, rather than nothing. I recently had an ideal business client, at least that’s how I viewed him following our counseling session. He wanted to start a lawn care and landscaping business and was employed fulltime doing just that for a local municipality. He had already asked his supervisors if it would be OK to start a business on the side, one that he could do in the evenings and weekends. They gave him the OK, had him sign the necessary secondary employment documents and were pleased that he was making plans for his professional future (after all, jobs with government entities are not as secure as they once were).

He already had his own equipment, a business license, name and business cards. He came to me to find out how to reach business owners in his local community. We talked about his target market, his services, how to gather the information needed to set prices, his competition, how to ask for business-a myriad of topics that ended in steps he would take to launch his business.

He felt energized afterward, and I felt refreshed, thinking, “Why was that session so productive and how can I have more clients like that?” Here’s the answer. He came with something. He had experience in the industry, a current job and savings to fund start-up expenses, equipment, and an idea of his target customer. I contrast him with another client who came in recently wanting to start a business “to help women with things like housing, childcare, life skills, because I know so many women who really need help.” You get the point.

2. Trust the counselor. Confidentiality is important and business counselors will honor it. If it makes you feel better for them to sign a confidentiality statement before reading your business plan or swear they won’t steal or share your business idea, fine. But trust me. Business counselors have been exposed to all types of business ideas and very little is unique to them. Even so, they’ve chosen a career as a business counselor and are not looking for a unique idea to pirate.

3. Be open and honest about your financial situation. A business counselor can be a great resource to find funding and they can help you put together a funding proposal, but you must be open and honest about your financial situation and the earlier the better. A business counselor, especially in the first session, may not want to come right out and ask “How much money do you have to start this business?” or “How much do you have to put toward a loan?” but it’s important for them to know early to help you find appropriate funding resources. Vague statements such as “I should be OK in getting a loan,” or “I should have enough collateral to apply for a commercial loan” really doesn’t help. Provide details to the counselor and the earlier you do this the further along you’ll be.

If you’re an existing business owner and the counselor asks to see financial records, avoid responding with, “My accountant takes care of all that, so we’re good there.” Financial records can reveal quite a bit about management of the business. Use the counselor’s expertise and tools for financial analysis. The counselor can save you money by examining your records.

In additional to your financial situation, Warren Williams, head of Turning Point Business Coaching in North Carolina adds, “Be open to what the coach can teach you. A good coach truly has your best interest at heart, for they genuinely want to help you (as well as your business) be successful. Remain open to the opportunity to make your business better by making yourself better”

4. Do your assignments. Business clients tend to disappear or play “hide and seek” once the counselor gives them an assignment. An assignment might be to do some market research. If you’re not familiar with what or how to do it, simply say so. Don’t nod as if you understand. Avoiding follow-up calls from the counselor or not responding to emails because you didn’t complete your “homework” just delays the process of reaching your business goals. Let the counselor know you’re having difficulty with the assignment and could use more guidance. No need to feel embarrassed.

5. Understand the counselor’s role. As with any type of counseling, the idea is to help you discover solutions as opposed to telling you what to do. “Counselors provide a sounding board for you. They’ll challenge you and help you see situations in new ways. They’ll help you find solutions, not impose them,” says long-time North Carolina business counselor Maggi Braun. Don’t feel frustrated because you didn’t get the “answers” you were looking for.