Merchant Cash Advances to Keep Your Business Moving Forward

Our MCA’s provide fast funds to help grow your business, purchase equipment or just pay the bills – whatever you need to succeed.

5 Minute Application

Short form to fill out, no paperwork or collateral.

Same Day Funding

Funds in as little as 24hrs or 1 to 3 days max.

Bad Credit Accepted

A poor credit score of FICO 550 or above is accepted.

No Hard Credit Check

Applying won’t affect your credit score.

Get the Cash Injection Your Business Needs Today

Use your business’s future credit card sales to get the cash injection your business needs to continue to succeed.

In as little as 24 hours, you can receive a cash advance in exchange for a portion of future credit card sales without the need for a perfect credit score or extensive paperwork.

Use the advance to grow your business, pay bills, or purchase equipment – whatever you need to succeed.

Merchant Cash Advance Details

Advance Amounts:

$5,000 – $900,000

Factor Rate:

1.1– 1.5

Repayment Terms:

3 – 36 months

Funding Time:

1-3 days

How To Get A Merchant Cash Advance?

To get a cash advance from MCashAdvance complete these 4 easy steps:

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1. Complete the Online Application

Enter some basic business info and get instant confirmation if you pre-qualify for an MCA.

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2. Submit Your Documentation

Once prequalified, submit your businesses bank statements for the past 3 months.

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3. Get a Funding Offer

An underwriter will review your application and send a funding offer upon final approval.

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4. Receive Your Cash Advance

Accept the funding offer and the funds will be deposited directly into your bank account.


To get more guidance on applying to MCA providers, read how to apply for an MCA.

Are We a Match? Check Our Minimum Requirements

To qualify for a cash advance from MCashAdvance, you must meet these 4 requirements:

6 Months

in business

550

personal FICO score

$100K

business annual revenue

Business

checking account

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Who can apply?

You can apply for an MCA if you’re a US citizen or resident over the age of 18 years of age.

To find out the most common requirements that MCA providers ask for, read qualification requirements for an MCA.

The Difference Between Merchant Cash Advances and Loans

MCashAdvance

Bank Loans

SBA Loans

Funding Amounts

$5,000-$900,000

$100,000

Credit dependent

Application Process

Pre-qualify in seconds, same day funding, no hard credit check and no paperwork.

Long application process, hard credit check and lots of paperwork.

Long application, credit check and lots of paperwork like business plans.

Approval Time

Less than 2 hours

Takes weeks

Takes Weeks

Time to Funding

Same-day funding, 1-3 day average.

1-3 Months

1-3 Months

Approval Criteria

Credit Card Sales

Credit score and collateral

Credit score and collateral

Industries We Have Provided Cash Advances To

$50,000 mca loan for a restaurant in New York for equipment upgrade.
$15,000 merchant loan for a construction company in Texas for working capital.
$100,000 merchant financing for a medical clinic in Illinois for expansion.
$25,000 small business cash advance for a retail store in Pennsylvania for inventory purchase.
$75,000 MCA funding for a technology startup in New Jersey for marketing campaign.
$10,000 merchant loan for a beauty salon in Georgia for renovations.
$200,000 merchant capital funding for a manufacturing company in Ohio for equipment purchase.
$35,000 mca financing for an auto repair shop in Michigan for emergency repairs.
$150,000 cash advance business loan for a fitness center in North Carolina for expansion.
$12,000 merchant account loan for a bakery in Virginia for inventory restock.
$80,000 merchant business funding for a digital marketing agency in Arizona for hiring new staff.
$30,000 short term financing for a pet grooming service in Massachusetts for equipment upgrade.
$175,000 capital for a real estate agency in Washington for business expansion.
$8,000 Business capital for a coffee shop in Maryland for renovations.
$60,000 short term funding for a printing company in Colorado for new machinery.
$45,000 business credit card advance for a furniture store in Minnesota for inventory purchase.
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Retail Advances

Exchange a portion of your retail store’s future business revenue, generated through credit card transactions, for the upfront funding your store requires today. Use the funds for whatever your retail business needs, without the lengthy approval processes or rigid terms of traditional loans. Pay less on slow days in your store, and a little more when retail sales are strong.

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Restaurants Advances

Unlock your restaurant’s future credit card sales to get access to the capital you need to move your restaurant or diner forward. Use the restaurant advance for whatever you need, like to buy food supplies, upgrade kitchen equipment, or even just pay the unexpected restaurant bills. Each day, we will deduct a percentage of your restaurant’s credit card transactions until your restaurant advance is fully repaid.

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Salon and Spas Advances

Get a salon advance to help your salon survive or thrive. Use the advance to invest in your salon’s potential, whether it’s for stocking up on the latest beauty products, updating your styling stations, expanding your salon team, or simply keeping up with utility bills.

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Auto Repair Advances

Secure an auto repair advance to help your auto repair shop grow or weather rough times. Invest in new diagnostic equipment, upgrade your service bays, hire experienced mechanics, or just keep up with the garage bills. Use the cash where your auto business needs it most.

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Seasonal Business Advances

Take advantage of our cash advances to navigate the seasonal ebbs and flows of your business. Stock up on additional inventory during peak sale periods or bring on extra staff to meet customer demand during your busy season. Or use the advance to help bridge cash flow gaps during the off-season when business slows down.

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E-commerce Advances

If the majority of your transactions in your e-commerce store are through credit and debit cards, why not use those credit card transactions to free up cash to invest in your e-commerce business now? As your online store makes new sales, we will deduct a small percentage of those daily e-commerce transactions until the advance is repaid. You repay less on days when e-commerce sales are low and a little more on days when e-commerce sales are high.

Checkout industries we fund for a more detailed list. If your industry isn’t listed, don’t worry. We can still provide a customized MCA offer based on your credit card sales.

Capital to Move Your Business Forward,
Not to Hold It Back.

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Our cash advances are tailored to your unique business and current financial circumstances. We’ll provide funding offers based on what we believe will move your business forward and not hold it back.

Merchant Cash Advances Explained

What Are Merchant Cash Advances (MCAs)?

Merchant Cash Advances (MCAs) are a type of business funding suitable for small businesses that need quick access to capital. They are a fast and easy way to secure funding for your business because the key thing your business needs to get approved is consistent monthly credit card sales. Unlike traditional business loans, MCAs have less strict credit requirements, minimal paperwork, and no collateral requirements, which is why they have high approval rates.

How Do Merchant Cash Advances Work?

When you get a merchant cash advance, you’ll receive an upfront lump sum of funds called a business cash advance. In exchange, we will deduct a small percentage of your daily credit card sales revenue until the advance is fully repaid.

These repayments are automatically deducted each day through your merchant processor or bank account, making the repayment process simple. The daily deduction amount is agreed upon in advance and usually falls between 10% and 25% of the total amount of daily credit card transactions.

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What Are Merchant Cash Advances Used For?

Businesses use merchant cash advances primarily to cover cash flow shortages and address short-term financial needs. The 5 most common uses for these advances are:

  1. Purchase Inventory
  2. Working Capital Financing
  3. Equipment Purchases
  4. Cash Flow Management
  5. Unforeseen Expenses

To learn more about what MCAs can be used for and why, read the top 11 most common uses of MCAs in business.

How Are Merchant Cash Advances Calculated?

MCAs don’t use interest rates because they are not considered business loans. Instead, they use a fixed fee known as a factor rate.

Here’s a breakdown of how an MCA is calculated:

Advance Amount: MCA providers decide how much they are willing to advance based on a percentage of your average yearly credit card sales (typically between 50% to 250%).

Factor Rate: Next, they determine the factor rate, typically ranging from 1.1 to 1.5 based on the providers risk assessment of your business. Read more about factor rates and fees charged by various MCA providers.

Holdback Percentage: Finally they determine the holdback percentage, which is a percentage of your daily credit card sales that they’ll collect as repayment. This percentage is typically between 10% and 20%.

It’s important to grasp these calculations as they form the basis of an MCA offer, as shown in the cash advance example below.

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Merchant Cash Advance Example

This table shows an example of a $10,000 Merchant Cash Advance (MCA) offer you might receive.

Based on your businesses financial health the MCA company decides on a factor rate of 1.15 and will deduct(holdback) of 10% of your daily credit card sales.

Each day, the company will take about $200 from your credit card sales. This means you’ll repay the total of $11,000 in roughly 5.5 months. Over a year, the cost of this advance, also known as the APR, would be around 21.82%.

Use this MCA calculator to estimate how much an MCA will cost based on different amounts, factor rates, and holdback rates.

DetailsMCA Example
Advance Amount$10,000
Factor Rate1.1
Repayment Rate10% of Monthly Credit Card Sales
Monthly Credit Card Sales$20,000
Payment Amount$200 daily
Repayment Term5.5 months
Total Repaid$11,000
Estimated APR21.82%

What Are The Pros And Cons Of A Merchant Cash Advance?

Before you consider any type of alternative financing, including an MCA, it’s essential to weigh both the advantages and disadvantages:

Pros

  1. Simple Application Process
  2. Quick Decision
  3. Easier Qualification Criteria
  4. Fast Access to Funds
  5. No Restrictions on Use

For more Pros, read 20 benefits of an MCA.

Cons

  1. More Expensive than Traditional Loans
  2. Daily Repayments May Impact Cash Flow
  3. Cash-Only Businesses are Ineligible
  4. May Require Change of Merchant Processor
  5. Won’t Help Improve Credit Score

For more Cons, read 10 drawbacks of an MCA.

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Who Uses Merchant Cash Advances?

Small businesses, especially those that frequently process a high volume of credit card payments on a daily basis or seasonal businesses that experience cash flow fluctuations during quiet seasons, use MCAs the most.

These businesses types include:

  • Restaurants
  • Retail Stores
  • Salons and Spas
  • Auto Repair Shops

Read industries we finance for more types of businesses that use MCAs, plus a list of industries we advance to.

How are MCA Applications Evaluated?

Merchant Cash Advance (MCA) applications follow a multi-step evaluation process:

  1. Pre-Approval: Automated software assesses your application, offering instant pre-qualification decision.
  2. Underwriting: Next an underwriter conducts an in-depth review of your application. To learn more read MCA underwriting for insights into this phase.
  3. Funding Offer: After evaluation, you receive a funding offer. Learn what an MCA funding offer is.
  4. Acceptance: If you proceed with the MCA, you’ll receive an agreement for review and signature. To learn more read MCA agreements before signing.

Understanding this evaluation process is crucial for effectively navigating the MCA application and securing the funding your business needs.

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How to Repay a Merchant Cash Advance?

Repaying an MCA is straightforward. The MCA provider will manage daily deductions, known as the holdback, from your bank or merchant processing account. These deductions will continue until your advance is fully repaid. To learn more about the repayment process, read how to repay an MCA.

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Are Merchant Cash Advances Right For Your Business?

Merchant cash advances are a quick alternative way to access capital, especially when traditional lenders aren’t an option. They’re easy to get, but come with higher rates and fees because the lender takes on more risk. Before committing to an MCA, make sure it makes financial sense for your business.

To determine if an MCA suits your needs, compare it with other financing options. Read alternatives to an MCA to explore other financing options.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is an MCA a loan?

No, an MCA is not classified as a loan. MCA providers do not lend you money. Instead, they are giving you a cash advance on your future credit card sales and charging rates and fees to provide that financial facility to you.

Can I get a merchant cash advance with bad credit?

Yes. You can get an MCA with a low credit score. Many MCA providers require a FICO score of 550 or more. FICO Scores between 300-579 are considered ‘bad’ or ‘poor’. With bad credit, expect to pay higher rates to offset the MCA provider risk.

Will an MCA affect my credit score?

No. MCA providers do not report to credit bureaus, so your MCA or your repayment history will not appear and your credit report. To understand more about how credit reporting and credit checks operate in the context of MCAs, you can read MCA credit reporting.

What happens if you default on MCA?

If you default on an MCA, the MCA provider has the right to secure the remainder of debt. This can involve sending the debt to a collections agency and ultimately filing a lawsuit to recoup the debt. Read more about the consequences of defaulting on an MCA and how to avoid it.

What is a business cash advance?

A business cash advance is just another term used for a merchant cash advance. A business cash advance is also sometimes referred to as a revenue loan, a turnover loan, or revenue-based financing.

Are MCAs unsecured?

Yes, an MCA is a type of unsecured financing, so you don’t need to offer assets or collateral to secure the funding. However, some MCA providers may request a personal guarantee. This means if your business fails to repay the advance, you would be personally responsible for the debt.

Do banks offer merchant cash advances?

No. Traditional banks and conventional lenders do not offer this type of alternative financing.

How long does an MCA last?

The length of time it takes to repay a merchant cash advance in full depends on how much revenue is generated each day through credit and debit card purchases. The higher the amount each day, the faster the cash advance will be repaid. The average length of time it takes is between three to eighteen months.

How are MCAs taxed?

Funds from an MCA are not taxed when received. However, you will need to pay taxes on the revenue you generate that is used to repay the MCA. This is because the MCA is an advance on your future revenue. The rates and fees may also have different tax implications. For a detailed breakdown, read MCA taxation guidelines.

Can I refinance an MCA?

Yes, it is possible to refinance an MCA. You can either approach your current MCA provider for refinancing options or consult a different lender and secure financial instruments, like a term loan, to settle the MCA balance. Read refinancing an MCA to know your options and the key steps to take.

Can startups get an MCA?

Can startups get an MCA? Yes. Startups can qualify for MCAs provided they meet the minimum qualification. Read MCAs for startups to confirm if your startup qualifies.

Can multiple MCAs be consolidated?

Can Multiple MCAs be Consolidated? Yes. Your MCA provider may be willing to roll multiple MCAs into a single new cash advance. You also have to option to approach a lender that offers consolidation loans to pay off your existing MCA debts.

When were MCAs invented?

While MCAs become popular during the 2008-09 financial crisis when it was difficult to secure credit from traditional lenders, the origin of MCAs date back to the 1990s. Read the history of the MCA industry to learn more.

Are MCAs personally guaranteed?

It depends. Some MCA providers incorporate clauses in their agreements requiring you to provide a personal guarantee, making you directly responsible should the business fail to repay. It’s essential to review your agreement carefully before committing. Read more about MCA personal guarantees to understand what they are and how they work in more detail.

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