The title of this article may be a little confusing, but let me de-mystify it if I can. In your business, you need funding for certain things. You might be buying a business, a building, a piece of equipment or just need funds to meet operating expenses including payroll. These things I just identified are all uses of funds.
A very successful business owner and mentor of mine used to say, “The path of least resistance is what makes men and rivers crooked.” In your business, the path of least resistance is using a credit card or some other form of borrowing. Before you know it, the amount of debt has piled up, the interest you pay on the debt is significant, sometimes 18-24 percent, and you begin to question whether borrowing the money was a good idea or not.
So, you took out a line of credit, but you forgot about the 30 day annual payout requirement on the line when you signed the commitment letter. You don't have the cash to pay the line in full. So, what's next? Maybe you took out a term loan for a piece of equipment. Cash flow is really good and you're thinking about prepaying the loan to save interest expense. Good idea or bad idea? Well, it depends.