9 Cost Effective Ways to Fund Your Next Equipment Purchase

How can you get money to buy equipment for your business? We show you details of nine financing programs that get results.

By Bob Dubow| Feb 20, 2023| 11127 Views
9 Cost Effective Ways to Fund Your Next Equipment Purchase

Funding for equipment doesn't have to be difficult. In fact, it's easier if you have a lender provide you available options.

In this article...

  1. Pre-Approval
  2. Lease-to-Own
  3. Start-up Financing
  4. Equipment Upgrade
  5. Used Equipment Financing
  6. Seasonal Payment Plan
  7. Skip or Step Payments
  8. Wrap Financing
  9. Buy Now, Pay Later
  10. Bonus Option: Cash Loans

In this article, you'll learn about 10 quality funding programs you can utilize for financing your next equipment purchase.

1. Pre-Approval

Need to be approved for financing but don’t have a piece of equipment in mind? Getting pre-approved is the plan for you.

You can browse the best possible equipment for your business and be ready to go when the time comes. When you apply, find a financier that can give you a monthly payment estimate, maximum lease amount, end-of-term options, and other details to help better understand what you’re getting into off the bat. Best of all, pre-approvals are no commitment!


2. Lease-to-Own

Want to own your equipment for the long haul? Lease-to-own may be the best option for your business.

Similar to a capital lease, when you pay off your lease you have the option to purchase the equipment. The purchase option is based on the terms of your lease and can be between 10-20% of the cost. You are also entitled to write off 100% of the lease payment when you buy it. That sounds like a good deal to me.

3. Start-Up Financing

Businesses two-years-strong and under have a hard enough time becoming established, why make the lending process harder? Your financier should understand this, and that’s why going beyond a traditional lender is the best bet for your new business. Most leasing partners are hesitant to help start-ups because of the risk, but there are some that look beyond age.

Look for a lender who wants to understand your:

  • Cash flow
  • Credit history
  • Value of equipment
  • Corporate pay history

If you can find a financing partner who’s willing to overlook time in business and consider the assets you have at the get-go, there's a good chance you found the right one.

4. Equipment Upgrade

Is upgrading equipment possible when you finance? Upgrading to bigger and better equipment provides the flexibility to upgrade to equipment when the time is right for your business expansion.

A diagram showing how an equipment upgrade can help a business generate more revenue, hire more staff, and increase productivity.

How does an equipment upgrade work?

You exit your current contract and replace it with a larger, newer transaction. Oftentimes when talking to businesses about upgrading, businesses are hoping to payoff, sell, or trade-in their older equipment. This allows them to upgrade their equipment midstream with no additional financing charges and grow their business without taking on 2 monthly payments.

5. Used Equipment Financing

When you’re thinking of buying an older piece of equipment because you think it will hold its value through a lease, consider a financing partner that feels the same way.

As long as you find used equipment that’s being sold at a fair price and is in good condition, the proper lender should finance it. And if the lender is familiar with your equipment, you’re a shoo-in.

Looking to Buy Used Equipment? Start at Equip-Used.com

If you prefer buying used equipment, start your search at Equip-Used.com.

6. Seasonal Payment Plan

With a seasonal payment program, your business can match its payments with the changing demand of your service.

By structuring a payment plan that aligns with your seasonal changes, you can make smaller monthly payments during slow months and catch up during your busier months. This can help you manage cash flow more effectively and keep your finances on track.


7. Skip or Step Payments

Do you have a business that makes revenue on a less-than-typical schedule? Seasonal businesses or those with commonly fluctuating income can leverage Skip or Step payment programs. These are perfect alternatives for some businesses compared to an average equipment loan.

Skip Payments

A skip payment program allows you to skip a payment, or have a lower monthly payment, during months when you’re less profitable. The other payments would increase based on when your business has an up-take in cash flow.

This benefits you when you make too little in some months and have a surplus of funds in others. Paying quarterly or semi-annually is another option in some cases.

Two charts showing a side-by-side comparison between traditional financing and flexible financing with skip payments.

Visit here for more details on the benefits of skip payment plans.


Step Payments

Step payments are done in increments, whether they’re step-ups or step-downs. Step-up payments entail paying less in the beginning and increasing payments month-to-month. Step-down payments start with higher payments and exponentially get lower based on how much is left on the lease.

Two charts showing a side-by-side comparison between step up payments and step down payments.

Visit here for more details on the benefits of step payment plans.

8. Wrap Financing

Looking to bundle multiple loans into a single, easy-to-manage package?

With wrap financing, you can acquire multiple pieces of equipment while your financing simple and streamlined. By wrapping leases together, your business can save money and simplify its financial management with one monthly payment.


9. Buy Now, Pay Later

Wouldn’t it be nice to drive a shiny new car and not have to pay for it until you‘re ready? Yeah, right. Lucky for you, some equipment financing companies offer deferred payment programs, which lets you start earning with the new equipment before you start paying for it. Make this a reality for your next equipment purchase!

Known as a “Buy Now, Pay Later” loan, a deferred payment program gives your equipment a chance to generate revenue before making your first payment. Now that sounds logical. This allows you to use the money you would normally spend on the purchase on training and set-up requirements for that new equipment instead.

Bonus Option: Cash Loans

Working Capital

Don’t need new equipment but want some cash flow? A Working Capital loan would be the perfect fit for you. The possibilities are endless on what you can spend it on for your business. Have equipment soft costs? Warranties? Payroll imbalances? Seasonal needs? Having that monetary safety net sounds nice now, doesn’t it?

Does My Business Qualify?

If your revenue stream, credit score, and other financial factors match the requirements for this loan, then you may qualify for 4-6% of your annual business revenue!



A Sale-Leaseback Program is exactly how it sounds: You can sell your equipment to a lender and lease it back over a period of time. This means you get cash from the sale to use for business needs while keeping your equipment. At the end of the lease term, you reclaim ownership.

If that wasn’t enough, there are more benefits to getting cash for what you use.

Perks of a Sale-Leaseback Include:

  • Lower financing cost
  • Chance to pay off higher cost debt
  • Write-off depreciation


Deciding Which is Best for You? We Can Help Weigh Your Options

Now that you’ve seen these 10 funding plans at a glance, you can make a better decision in finding the proper lender. Whether you’re looking for a quick turnaround or to make extra cash, we can help you find a plan that matches your needs and business goals.

Looking for Details? Contact Us Today

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Bob Dubow
Bob Dubow

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Bob has been working in equipment leasing more years than he would like to admit, but has been at Beacon since 2007.