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With the various options of loans available to us these days, it can become overwhelming when looking for the right loan for your circumstances. That being said, it is still important for you to have a very clear idea of why a loan would be necessary and how it could benefit you. Whether you need a loan for personal reasons or for business related endeavours, it’s a good idea to consider all the options available and how they could impact you.

What is a personal loan?

A personal loan is often a very quick and easy solution. The amount granted as a personal loan is dependent on your credit history and personal financial situation. The interest rate on the personal loan is also dependent on your credit rating and personal financial situation. If they are strong, you could benefit with a lower interest rate on the loan.

You’ll need to provide proof of your income, and you may need to provide a proof of residence and your ID document.

More often than not a personal loan option is an unsecured loan, meaning that you will not have to put up any personal assets as collateral. The options available to you for how you choose to use your personal loan are limitless, whether you decide to use your loan for education, an emergency or even home renovations, the choice is yours.

What is a business loan?

There are numerous options available when considering a business loan, each tailor-made to best suit the needs of businesses. It is likely that you will need to provide specific documentation to prove the legitimacy of your business, along with accounting records.

Business loans are granted purely for business needs and cannot be used on a personal basis. A business loan can be either unsecured or secured – the latter meaning that your business assets might have to be used as collateral.

Personal Loan vs Business Loan

A business loan can only be used for your business and the amount granted to you could be greater than that of a personal loan. Business loans usually have various payment options available to suit your business. When considering a business loan, the process might entail more documentation and might take a while to be granted.

A personal loan is very flexible and can be used for anything. It is an option to consider when needing a quick solution in a difficult financial situation, for example consolidating debt.

Before making your choice, carefully consider what you need the money for and what payment options would best suit your needs.

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Loan repayment terms range from 24 to 72 months. The maximum interest rate with regards to a DirectAxis Personal Loan is 27.75% per annum (compounded monthly). Your rate and initiation fee will be determined according to your personal risk profile.
An illustrative example of a loan at an interest rate of 27.75% per annum would be: Loan amount R50 000 plus a once-off initiation fee of R1 207.50 and a monthly admin fee of R69.00, over 72 months.
The total cost of the loan will be R 110 594.54 which is a maximum Annual Percentage Rate (APR) of 30.98%.