What Is A Merchant Advance?

October 19, 2015

With this type of financing, you get a cash advance – usually approved and funded in just a day or two – with very little paperwork involved. In turn, you agree to pay back the advance, plus a fee, by letting the funding provider take a portion of your credit card sales each day until the entire amount has been repaid.

While a merchant cash advance can certainly be a quick way to get cash, it can also be quite expensive. Fees can range from 15% to 80% APR of the amount financed. However, merchant cash advance providers measure their fees as a factor rate, which can range from 1.14 to 1.48. The advance amount you receive is multiplied by that factor rate to determine the total amount you’ll pay back. You’ll pay this back by giving the funding provider a fixed percentage of your credit card revenues each day until the loan has been settled, meaning you actually repay a lower amount of money during slower months. Average repayment time frames are 8 – 9 months, but can be as short as 4 months and as long as 18 months. The higher the fixed percentage of your credit card sales you’ll share, the shorter the repayment time frame will be.

Advantages Of A Merchant Advance:
  • Fast Access to Cash.
  • Easy approval process.
  • Bad Credit OK.
  • Pay loan with set percentage of credit card receipts.
  • No minimum monthly payments.
  • No restrictions on using your cash.

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