Lendio Review

ByKevin MercadanteJul.22, 2018

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In a Nutshell

Lendio is an online small business loan aggregator that brings business owners and lenders together on one platform. The site is free to use, and offers at over ten distinct loan programs, for every business need, from business acquisition to funding for commercial real estate, increasing your changes to find both a lender and a specific loan program that suits your needs.

pros

  • 10 different loan types
  • No minimum credit score

cons

  • Some loans require extra documentation
  • Prepayment penalties vary

Lendio at a Glance

Loan amount$1,000 - $2 million
Minimum monthly revenue$8,000
Age of business6+ months
Minimum credit scoreNone
Repayment terms1 month - 25 years
Time until fundingAs little as 24 hours



Why Go With Lendio?

Lendio is not a direct lender, but a platform where you can be directed to the services of various lenders, based on your borrower profile, not just your profits. At least one of their loan programs allows you to obtain a loan if you are in business for as little as three months (note however that there are higher personal requirements for new or recently formed businesses), and some options have very low rates.

Goals

Lendio aims to make small business loans as simple as possible, and can connect you to over 75 leading lenders.  With a 15-minute application and a proprietary algorithm finding your quotes, ease of use is Lendio's star feature. The company is rated A+ (on a scale of A+ to F) with the Better Business Bureau, and 9.5 (out of 10) with TrustPilot.  Lendio sees American small businesses as the backbone of the American economy, and looks towards providing $1 billion in funding for small businesses.

Loan Features 

  • Terms: 1 to 5 years for traditional business loans
  • At least 10 different business loan types
  • Loan amount: $1,000 to $2 million
  • Funding in as little as a few days
  • 0% - 30.0% APR (or factor 1.2 to 1.8)
  • Prepayment penalties vary with loan program/lender
  • No minimum credit score
  • As little as 6 mos in business on certain loan types

Loan Application

The process starts with you completing a questionnaire that will match you up with the right lender and loan program. From there you will complete a more detailed application for the direct lender. The exact process will vary from one lender to another. The loan process takes between two days and two weeks with most lenders.

When you inquire about a loan on Lendio, the site will perform a soft credit pull, so that your credit score won't be negatively affected by the inquiry. Once you're paired up with an actual lender, a formal credit report will be pulled, but by then you'll be in the application process.

Basic requirements to get a business loan through Lendio include:

  • Gross revenue averaging consistently $10,000 for at least 6 months
  • Minimum of 6 months in business (less for certain loan programs), but generally at least 2 years in order to qualify for the best loans and pricing
  • No minimum credit  score
  • No bankruptcies in the past three years
  • A business bank account 
  • You must be current on your mortgage or rent payment
  • The business must be US based

The specific documentation required to get a business loan through Lendio varies from one lender to another, and also depends on the type of loan being applied for. Typically, an application will require at least the following:

  • A signed loan application
  • 6 months of current business bank account statements
  • Mortgage or landlord verification

Because Lendio is a business loan aggregator, it offers access to at least 10 different types of loans:

LOAN TYPELOAN AMOUNTAPRTERMS
Business Credit Cards$100 - $50,0000% to 25%1 to 2 month
Equipment Leasing$20k - $1 million8% to 25%2 to 10 years
ACH Cash Flow Loans$1k - $200kFactor 1.2 to 1.86 to 12 months
 
Line of Credit$2k - $100k8% to 25%1 to 6 months
 
Merchant Cash Advance (MCA)$1k - $250kFactor 1.2 to 1.83 to 12 months
Term Loan$15k - $500k7% to 30%1 to 5 years
Commercial Real Estate$150k or more4% to 8%20 to 25 years
 
Factoring (AR/PO)Up to 85% of ARFee 8% to 25%1 to 3 months
Large SBA$200k or moreLess than 10%7 or more years
Express SBA$1k - $100k7% to 15%1 to 5 years

Lendio does advise that certain business types are considered "restricted industries" that may have difficulty getting a loan through the platform. Those businesses include hunting, fishing & forestry, auto dealers, gambling, legal services, non-profits, mining, commercial real estate and insurance businesses.
Your information on Lendio is protected by the same 256-bit encryption that banks use, and includes auditing, back-ups and encrypted login information.


Repayment Terms

Loan terms range anywhere from one month to 25 years, depending on the type of loan you need and are approved for. Fees will be determined by each individual lender. Interest rates will be within the ranges appearing on the chart above for each loan type. Some loans do impose a prepayment penalty, while others do not.

Method

With some loans, repayment will be accomplished through a percentage of your  monthly business receipts being automatically transferred to the lender on a daily basis. With others, you will have scheduled monthly payments.

Help & Support 

Lendio can be contacted by phone at either the South Jordan, Utah, corporate office, or at the New York office. You can also contact Lendio though the social media, including Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Linkedin. Email contact is available directly through the company website.

Education

Lendio  has a comprehensive FAQ page that will answer most of your questions about its loan process. The company has a blog  that provides real world examples of how Lendio loans have benefited small businesses.

Summary

Lendio could be the perfect platform for your  small business since it represents an entire marketplace for lenders of all kinds. You can take one loan type with one lender, then another loan with a different lender for a different purpose. This will provide you with an ongoing source of financing as your business needs require.

Physical Address 

Lendio
10235 South Jordan Gateway
Suite 410
South Jordan, UT 84095