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How To Start a Business with Student Debt

Carrying student loan debt and want to start your own business? Keep reading.

Chances are if you clicked on this blog post you’re considering just that and weighing your options, or you’ve already crossed that threshold and need a little help. According to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Americans have $1.36 trillion in student loan debt as of September 30, 2017. The majority of that is carried by adults under the age of 30 - so you’re definitely not alone. Hefty student loans can make starting a business extremely challenging. Here’s 4 ways to consider tapping into your entrepreneurial spirit when you have student loan debt.

  • Consolidate student loans. You can consolidate federal loans if you have loans with different service providers. The U.S. Department of Education can give you up to 30 years to repay your loans when you consolidate, so your monthly payment will also be lower. Another plus of consolidating is moving from variable-rate loans to a fixed interest rate. It’s not without caveats, though. You might be trading certain loan-cancellation benefits, principal rebates, even interest rate discounts if you consolidate. You could also pay more over the cost of the loan since you’ll be paying for a longer period of time.
  • Alternative funding. Most people don’t have the funds to start a new business, especially those with student loan debt. Asking family and friends is probably the oldest trick in the book, and thousands of small business have launched with family help. Be sure to lay out the terms, and treat the transaction like you would a business deal. There’s also peer-to-peer lending, which matches companies or individuals with lenders willing to give money – avoiding traditional bank loans entirely. Companies such as Peerform offer loan alternatives depending on your goals in minutes after you submit a few forms.
  • Business loans. The U.S. Small Business Administration has lending partners who work with small business owners, offering lower down payments, competitive terms, and even counseling to help with your small business.
  • Live like a college student. Easy on the avocado toast, just kidding! Get a roommate, cook meals at home, take public transportation, brew your coffee before you leave each morning. Even picking up a part-time job is a great way to pay down your student loans quicker.

Having student loans doesn’t always mean your start-up is a no-go. There’s plenty of potential opportunities available for budding entrepreneurs who are ready to take a chance – with lots of hard work and sacrifice, you may be able to make your dream a reality.


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