Unsecured Business Line of Credit
Written by True Tamplin, BSc, CEPF®
Updated on July 10, 2021
An unsecured business line of credit is a line of credit offered to businesses that is not secured by collateral.
An unsecured LOC is the most common form of business lines of credit.
Unsecured lines of credit tend to be more expensive due to the comparatively higher risk.
Unsecured Business Line of Credit for Startups
It can be difficult to get an unsecured business line of credit as a startup.
If you have limited credit history, banks may see you as too risky.
However, there are many alternative lenders, such as online lenders, that have less strict credit requirements and can serve you as well as a bank.
Unsecured Business Line of Credit (No Doc)
A no doc business line of credit is like a regular line of credit, but without requiring as many documents.
No doc lines of credit are often unsecured, meaning they are not backed up by physical assets.
Usually, a no doc LOC will be supported by the personal credit of the business operator.
Small Business Line of Credit – No Personal Guarantee FAQs
Line of Credit (LOC) Definition
What Is a Line of Credit and How Does it Work? Revolving vs Non-Revolving
Lines of credit will either remain open, or will close, once the loan has been repaid.
Revolving lines of credit are considered “revolving”because an individual’s credit is replenished when some or all of the outstanding debt has been paid off.
In contrast, a non-revolving line of credit is closed once the account is fully paid off, such as a student loan or mortgage.
Non-revolving credit usually has a lower interest rate.
How does a Line of Credit Work? Secured vs Unsecured
A home equity loan is an example of a collateralized loan, whereby the home is the collateral and will be claimed by the creditor in the event of a default on the loan.
Credit card loans are almost always unsecured, which causes creditors to take on more risk and is why credit card interest rates are generally higher and the borrowing limits are generally lower than secured loans.