What are the best loans for the self employed?

Those who are self-employed and want a loan to either consolidate their personal debts, buy a new vehicle or for home improvements can choose between applying for an unsecured loan or a secured loan . These types of loans can only be used for personal borrowing, those needing to borrow to invest in their business will need to use a form of business finance – this includes a business loan, invoice finance or asset finance.

Unsecured loans for the self-employed

An unsecured loan relies on the credit score of the applicant and evidence that their income is regular. The self-employed may be required to provide additional evidence of income when applying for an unsecured loan such as sharing with the lender their full business accounts, SA302, Tax Year Overviews and/or Accountant’s Certificates.

Unsecured loan rates can vary depending on your reasons for borrowing, the amount to be borrowed and the applicant’s personal circumstances. Currently the best unsecured loan rates for a ?5,000 loan over 36 months are from:

  • Tesco Bank at 3.40% representative APR – requires a regular income but not specific o evidencing for the self-employed
  • Hitachi Loans at 3.50% representative APR – requires permanent paid employment but not specific on evidencing this for the self-employed
  • MBNA at 3.50% representative APR – asks for applicants to have a regular income, but not stated on evidence for the self-employed

Some lenders do offer loans with specific reference to the self-employed, for example the new challenger bank, JN Bank UK states that self-employed income must be at least ?1,000 per month after tax and the business must be more than 12 months old. (more…)