Small businesses are still struggling to find financing so it is time to consider other alternative finance options.  Here are a few for savvy businesses to consider when they are weighing their funding options.

Full-recourse factoring: The factor accepts assignment of the receivable but does not assume the credit risk. The client retains responsibility for managing the receivable portfolio. Generally, the lender will finance invoices up to ninety days from delivery of goods or services, then charge them back to the client.

Floor plan financing: Certain industries require significant high-priced finished goods inventory. Examples: automobiles, refrigerators, washing machines, televisions and stereo systems. These are supplied on extended credit terms to retailers. Retailers usually do not purchase this expensive inventory outright; rather a finance company will provide credit to purchase the inventory, secured by the product “on the floor”.

Leasing: The lessor purchases the equipment needed to fulfill certain obligations and the equipment remains the property of the lessor even after all the borrowed funds are repaid; or existing assets are sold to and leased from a leasing company to release capital needed for working capital purposes.

Purchase order financing: Working capital financing is secured by a security interest in existing purchase orders and the proceeds of the purchase orders. Normally the security interest is perfected by the lender taking possession of the inventory or raw materials.